What is a psychologist?
Psychologists are doctors that assess and treat behavioral, developmental, emotional and physical health problems. Psychologists have completed graduate training, but are not medical doctors and do not prescribe medications. Instead, psychologists rely on non-medical interventions that help people to change their behaviors, thoughts, and feelings to improve well-being.
Who are the psychologists in the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics?
- Some members are child psychologists, who specialize in the assessment and treatment of children with behavior problems, developmental delays, anxiety and depression, and problems with feeding, sleep and toileting.
- Some members are pediatric psychologists and neuropsychologists, who work in healthcare settings and collaborate with interdisciplinary professionals to evaluate and treat children with special healthcare needs.
- Some members are school psychologists, behavior analysts, and special educators, who have expertise in applied behavior analysis (ABA), learning disorders, bullying, and other school problems.
- Some members are developmental psychologists, who engage in research to better understand child and lifespan development, social learning, parenting, and the interaction between health and behavior.
Psychologists in SDBP may or may not identify with the subspecialties described above. What unites psychologists in SDBP is the shared commitment to collaboration with other medical and allied-health disciplines across clinical, research, education and advocacy domains to improve the health and well-being of children and their families. SDBP provides the unique opportunity to connect with other psychologists who share our developmental-behavioral and interdisciplinary focus.
For more information about psychology in SDBP or to join the Psychology Special Interest Group, contact Melissa Armstrong-Brine.