Psychology

The faculty of Baylor College of Medicine’s Psychology Section is actively involved in many areas of research, both as principal investigators and as co-investigators.

In addition to having funded grants for research, our faculty has published numerous articles in various areas of clinical interest. Much of the ongoing research is collaborative with many other departments within the hospital and with sites across the country and internationally. Trainees at all levels are encouraged to participate in research activities.


Pediatric Primary Care Psychology

There are currently several Pediatric Primary Care Psychology research projects underway. Unlike more traditional psychological research projects, these studies focus primarily on program development and evaluation, quality improvement, and monitoring of the utilization of behavioral health services. The following are examples of recent and current projects within this program:

Pediatric Primary Care Research Projects:

  • Curtis, D. F., & Chapman, S. (August 6, 2016). Developing a Behavioral Health Collaborative for Physician Education in Pediatric Primary Care. Symposium accepted for the American Psychological Association 2016 Convention, Denver, Colorado.
     
  • Shellman, A. B. & Curtis, D. F. (August 7, 2015). Outcomes of a Pilot Universal Screening Program for Psychosocial Problems in Pediatric Primary Care. Poster presented to the American Psychological Association 2015 Convention, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
     
  • Chapman, S., Curtis, D. F., & Ogbeide, S. (November 12, 2015). Real-world Models of Integrated Behavioral Health Care Within Texas Primary Care Settings. Symposium presented to the Texas Psychological Association 2015 Annual Convention, San Antonio, Texas.
     
  • Curtis, D. F. & Shellman, A. (November 14, 2013). Universal screening of psychosocial needs within pediatric primary care settings. Paper presented to the Texas Psychological Association 2013 Annual Convention, Houston, Texas.
     
  • Curtis, D. F. (2008). Pediatric psychology in community-based primary care settings: Evaluating pediatricians’ referral needs and patient utilization of behavioral health services. Poster presented to 2008 National Conference in Child Health Psychology, Miami, Florida.
     
  • Curtis, D. F. & Dempsey, J. (in progress). Predicting tertiary care psychological referral needs from pediatric primary care using the Pediatric Symptom Checklist 17-Item (PSC-17) 
     
  • Schwarzwald, H., Hernandez-Grande, A., Chapman, S. & Marton, S. (manuscript under review) Meeting the Measure: Improving ADHD Care in the Medical Home.
     
  • Chapman, S., Gordon-Hollingsworth, A., Tariq, M., Puryear, L., & Hollier, L. (in progress). Integration of behavioral health in an Obstetric Primary Care Home; What does it look like?

Clinical and Pediatric Health Psychology

Many of our faculty are involved in research within their programs of clinical interest and in collaboration with other departments within the hospital and with sites across the country.

Recent studies have included clinical research focused on outcomes and factors impacting treatment success in preschoolers with disruptive behaviors, needs of bariatric surgery patients, psychological outcomes in patients with Disorders of Sexual Differentiation, outcomes of behavioral intervention with acutely and chronically ill preschoolers, quality of life in end stage renal disease,. Faculty routinely publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals and present their research at national and international conferences. 

Many of our faculty are involved in research in collaboration with other departments within the hospital and with sites across the country and internationally. Trainees at all levels are encouraged to participate in research activities.

For a comprehensive overview of psychological research at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, please see the Psychology Section Research Page.


Pediatric Neuropsychology

Many of our neuropsychology faculty are involved in research in collaboration with other departments within the hospital and with sites across the country and internationally. Trainees at all levels are encouraged to participate in research activities.

For a comprehensive overview of neuropsychological research at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, please visit Psychology Section Research.



Recent research news

Sudden death of a loved one is one of the common causes of reduced academic performance among youth (Nov 14, 2018)
A recent study led by Dr. Julie Kaplow, director of Trauma and Grief Center at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine finds sudden death of a loved one (e.g. parents, grandparents, close friend or relatives) is a common traumatic event experienced by teenagers and can have a profound negative impact on their academic performance and functioning.