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Why Choose Us: Psychology (Behavioral Health)

Our Outcomes: The Results of Our Care

Sometimes a medical condition isn’t the only thing a child and their family have to deal with. They also may face emotional and behavioral issues such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, mood disorders or anxiety. Our highly trained and experienced pediatric psychologists at Nemours are here to help kids cope, whether they're facing difficulty adjusting to a medical condition, a separate emotional or behavioral challenge, or both.

Why Measuring Results Matters

To provide pediatric care that's among the safest and most caring, we measure our results. Why? So we can:

  • help you make decisions about your child’s care
  • be clear about our results
  • improve so we can consistently deliver better, safer care

Here are a couple of psychology outcomes we track and focus on to improve the experience for both you and your child.


Seeing More of the Kids Who Need Us Most

Seeing More of the Kids Who Need Us Most

Helping Kids With Medical Conditions Cope

Some children with complex medical conditions (more than one medical concern or disorder) may have behavioral or emotional challenges too. Kids may have these as part of (or along with) their medical condition(s). For example, children may have a hard time coping with the ongoing stress of living with the condition and/or going through difficult treatment. Kids who have serious illnesses or injuries and need to stay in the hospital or get a lot of surgeries may experience depression, anxiety and/or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dealing with a medical problem can impact more than the body.

That’s why Nemours psychologists specialize in meeting the needs of children with complex medical, emotional and behavioral concerns. We work closely with other doctors from various departments so that our psychological care goes hand-in-hand with medical care. We treat the whole child — mind, body and spirit. After all, undiagnosed and untreated problems in any of these areas can negatively impact children’s health in all areas.


Patients Seen by Both Nemours Psychology/Behavioral Health and Other Nemours Medical Specialists


Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.)


Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando)


Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville (Jacksonville, Fla.)


Data source: This data was obtained by reviewing patient medical records for January to October 2018, and includes the percentage of patients who had at least one visit with psychology/behavioral health and also a medical provider.  

Keeping Everyone on Your Child’s Care Team Informed

Keeping Everyone on Your Child’s Care Team Informed

Making Sure Your Nemours Providers Are in the Loop

At Nemours, the privacy of the children we treat — and their medical records — is very important. But there is one group we do encourage our patients to share their behavioral health records with — other Nemours physicians and providers. Here’s why:

  • It’s the best way to treat the whole child or teen — it helps doctors who are providing your child’s medical care to know if there are behavioral or emotional concerns that may impact treatment or coping. And the opposite is true too — our pediatric psychologists can’t give the best care if they don’t know what’s going on medically with each child.
  • This flow of communication between providers helps your family, especially in times of stress. Having to tell other providers about a new medicine or new diagnosis is one less thing for you to worry about.


Patients Sharing Their Psychology/Behavioral Health Records With Other Nemours Medical Providers*


Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.)


Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando)


Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville (Jacksonville, Fla.)


*Data source: At the initial visit, families seen by psychology/behavioral health are given the option to sign a consent form to give permission to share their child’s behavioral health records with the medical team. This allows all members of the team to stay up to date about all aspects of the child’s care. Data, from January to October 2018, was gathered by obtaining the number of confidential visits compared to overall visits.

Our Differentiators: What Sets Us Apart

Our Differentiators: What Sets Us Apart

Why Choose Nemours Psychology (Behavioral Health)

Our pediatric psychologists are mental health experts with advanced training in helping children and teens with emotional and behavioral problems. We provide outpatient consultation — and inpatient consultation for children admitted to the hospital for medical and/or surgical care. With our expertise and care, your child will be in especially good hands:

  • Our pediatric psychologists take care of only kids. We’re highly trained and experienced in working solely with children and teens.
  • We’re a vital part of the overall care children receive at Nemours. Our care is “integrated” — that means all of your child’s providers communicate with each other and develop a shared plan of care. We work together with multiple specialties and departments to help kids be as healthy as possible, physically and emotionally. Our psychologists are also part of the onsite care teams at many of our primary care practices and specialty care offices in the Delaware Valley. You can only get this high level of communication and integration in a setting like ours — with a shared electronic health record and a shared philosophy of care.
  • We practice the kind of care Nemours is known for — we call it “family-centered.” That means our doctors and care providers involve you and your child as much as possible in deciding on a plan of care. So you’ll have a better understanding of your child’s condition and what to expect from treatment at every step.

We ask for your honest feedback so we can make improvements for all of our patients. Here's how families ranked us in surveys:

Likelihood to Recommend

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.)

  • 95.1%

Nemours Children's Hospital (Orlando)

  • 94.9%

Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville (Jacksonville, Fla.)

  • 98.6%

Data source: Press Ganey surveys, from January to December 2017. Parents/caregivers rated our care either “Good” or “Very Good” for the “Likelihood to Recommend” question. Total scores reflect all providers combined in the division for each location.

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