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Special Interest Groups

The SPP Board has been delighted to receive a number of requests to formalize various different Special Interest Groups. Below is a listing of the SIGs that have been approved to date. For detailed information, visit Check with your SIG contact about possible meetings at the upcoming National Conference in San Antonio.

Consultation/Liaison SIG
This group is devoted to discussion of the many diverse issues faced by pediatric psychologists who provide inpatient care to youth and families, such as adjustment to medical conditions, nonadherence, crisis, and medical decision making. Contact: Suzanne M. Thompson, PhD.

Pediatric Obesity SIG
The group’s mission is to promote the health and well-being of overweight and obese youth and their families by fostering the provision of evidence-based assessment and treatment methods utilizing the principles of psychology. Contact: Co-Chair Wendy L. Ward-Begnoche, PhD.

Pediatric Cardiology SIG
The group’s activities will include research and clinical collaboration around psychosocial issues pertinent to children with congenital heart disease, cardiac transplant, or other cardiac conditions. Contact: Cheryl Brosig Soto, PhD.

Diversity SIG
This group’s goal is to promote diversity in pediatric psychology research and clinical care, to increase the number of SPP members from diverse backgrounds, and to provide services and resources for SPP members who are members of underrepresented groups. Diversity refers to issues related to age, gender, race/ ethnicity, sexual orientation, disabilities, and socio-economic background. Contact: Celia Lescano, PhD.

Complementary and Integrative Medicine SIG
This group provides a forum for communiation and discussion about the role of CIM as it relates to advancing the health and wellbeing of pediatric populations with emphasis placed on the application of psychological principles to the science and practice of CIM. Contact: Co-Chair Keri R. Hainsworth, PhD.

Pediatric Epilepsy SIG
This group’s goals are to: 1) increase awareness of epilepsy among SPP members, 2) foster communication between and support for pediatric psychologists who provide clinical care for youth with epilepsy (YWE), 3) encourage collaborative research endeavors, 4) provide recommendations to SPP for the care of and research with YWE, 5) facilitate pediatric psychologistinteraction with epilepsy health care providers, and 6) liaison with the American Epilepsy Society. Contact: Co-Chair Janelle L. Wagner, PhD.

Pediatric Bioethics (New Proposed SIG, under development and looking for members)
A variety of ethical challenges can arise in the increasingly complex and fast-paced environment of pediatric health care and clinical research. This SIG will have the following goals: 1) Promote a network of researchers and clinicians with an interest in pediatric bioethics, 2) Share and distribute resources related to pediatric bioethics, and 3) Raise awareness of the broader SPP community of (a) empirical research in pediatric bioethics and implications for clinical practice and research conduct, and (b) strategies for addressing ethical dilemmas that arise in clinical and research settings. Contact: Co-Chair Victoria Miller.