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Welcome to SickKids Psychology.

Sickkids Psychology is an active, vibrant, and intellectually stimulating environment that provides evidence-based clinical care and rich training opportunities at all levels. We provide consultation, assessment, diagnosis, treatment recommendations and interventions for children and adolescents up to the age of 18 who are being treated at SickKids for primary medical and psychiatric conditions. 

Our department is a warm, respectful, collegial and collaborative setting that places the child and family at the centre of all that we do and is informed by our developmental expertise. Our clinical, health and neuropsychologists, psychometrists and trainees use evidence-based approaches to provide services and integrate clinical care, research and training into all of our activities. We consider and respect the diversity of the families we serve with respect to language, culture, level of function, gender identity, medical and trauma history.

The depth and breadth of our collective clinical expertise allows us to provide a variety of psychological services to address complex patient needs. Referrals are welcome from our physician and professional colleagues from the many medical programs in the hospital. Examples of specialized psychological services include:

  • Providing evidence-based CBT for anxiety disorders;
  • Assessing and diagnosing neuropsychological disorders in children with a variety of developmental or acquired CNS conditions;
  • Contributing to surgical decisions for our epilepsy surgery population;
  • Psychological consultation to rural communities through our Telelink Mental Health program; and
  • Providing group interventions for:
    • young children with eating disorders,
    • adolescents with complex obesity, and
    • children and adolescents with chronic pain.

In addition to providing consultation, assessment, diagnosis and treatment, psychology staff are involved in clinical research. In collaboration with our medical and professional colleagues, we study the efficacy of our services, quality of life, mental health and neuropsychological outcomes of developmental or acquired brain conditions or after medical interventions, and risk/resilience factors in brain development, among many other topics.

Our training programs are central to our department and include trainees at the practicum, internship and fellowship levels. We value the insights and dedication of our trainees and value supervision, as reflected by our biannual mentorship award.

We invite you to explore our site and our training programs.

Brenda J Spiegler, PhD., C.Psych., ABPP(cn)
Director, Department of Psychology
Hospital for Sick Children

Who we are

This section provides contact information for the Psychology team at SickKids.

What we do

Psychology services are available for SickKids patients who belong to specific hospital programs, for a list of programs with psychology services.

Training & Education

The Psychology Department offers a variety of training opportunities for graduate students, interns and post-doctoral fellows.