Neonatology Special Interest Group

The Neonatology SIG is offered to members of Div. 54 who work with or have an interest in families who have babies being cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Our mission is to offer a clearinghouse for people, information and ideas. Our hope is to use this group as a platform to plan for services that are supportive to families during this stressful time. Our goal is to offer a space for psychologists and others to discuss screening and treatment options available to parents while their child is in the NICU.


Membership to this SIG is open to those who work in the NICU, maternity units, labor and delivery units or associated areas. We encourage the participation of faculty, trainees, students and hospital/clinic-based practitioners.


The goals of the Neonatology SIG are to:

  • Identify gaps in the field of neonatology when it comes to supporting families.
  • Identify screening tools that are used for parents at-risk
  • Disseminate research and evidence-based approaches to assessment and intervention (borrowed from another)
  • Facilitate research and clinical collaborations across sites (e.g., share solutions, pool resources, establish multisite grant projects); borrowed these two (borrowed from another)


The Neonatology SIG will host its next meeting at the 2014 SPP conference in Philadelphia.

Neonatology SIG Committee

Stephen Lassen, PhD (Chair)
Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics,
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd MS 4004
Kansas City, KS 66160
Telephone: (913) 588-6323
Fax: (913) 588-2253

Chavis Patterson, PhD (Co-chair)
Director of Psychosocial Services, Division of Neonatology
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
34th & Civic Center Blvd., 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: (215) 590-1653
Fax: (215) 590-3051

Carrie Piazza-Waggoner, PhD (Co-chair)
Associate Professor, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Director, BMCP Consultation-Liaison Service
Training Director, O'Grady Residency in Psychology
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
MLC 3015
3333 Burnet Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45229
Telephone: (513) 636-1306
Fax: (513) 636-7756


To Join

SPP invites members with a shared interest to consider joining one or more Special Interest Groups (SIGs) by logging into the Member Portal and going to "Join a SIG/RIG/Affinity Group" on the dropbox.