Young Pediatric Patients (YPP) Special Interest Group

Early childhood is the foundation upon which the rest of development and wellbeing is built, and the presence of a chronic or serious medical condition or complication during the prenatal or early childhood period impacts case conceptualization, intervention development and delivery, and research efforts. The Young Pediatric Patients (YPP) SIG is offered to members of Division 54 who work with or have an interest in working with these young patients (under 6 years of age) and families, regardless of the setting.


The overarching goals of the YPP SIG are to:

  • Provide a forum to share best practices, challenges, and innovative approaches to work with young pediatric patients and their families
  • Facilitate meaningful cross-site partnerships among clinicians and researchers whose work focuses on young pediatric patients and their families
  • Promote utilization of the SIG as a resource to share ideas, ask for suggestions, and solicit interest in collaboration related to research and advocacy efforts focused on the overall wellbeing of young pediatric patients in the medical setting
  • Facilitate identification of opportunities for reflective consultation/supervision
  • Advocate for collaboration and partnership with professional organizations of other disciplines and multidisciplinary organizations focused on the care of young pediatric patients
  • Support training focused on the provision of clinical care for young pediatric patients
  • Foster mentorship opportunities and provide education/training to pediatric psychology trainees interested in this group

Resources/Related Links

YPP SIG Leadership

Jennifer Harman, PhD, IMH-E (Co-Chair)
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Casey Hoffman, PhD (Co-Chair)
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Amy Baughcum, PhD (Member-At-Large)
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Current Leadership of YPP SIG’s Sub-Committees:

Kayla LaRosa, PhD
Lauren Garbacz, PhD
Jessie Schulman, PsyD
Celeste Poe, PhD, LMFT
Verenea Serrano, PhD
Lacy Chavis, PsyD, PMH-C

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.

Prospective members, please also fee free to reach out to Lauren Garbacz at or Jessie Schulman at