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Psychology (Behavioral Health)

Helping Families Manage Kids’ Feelings & Behavior


Nemours child pscyhologists help children

Children of all ages can have big emotions, which can affect how they act, learn, think and feel. Sometimes their emotions can be tough for them and their families to handle. That’s where we come in. At Nemours, our mental health experts can help you identify the root causes of your child’s emotions and behavior. We provide outpatient consultation (appointments) for kids and teens dealing with the stress of a chronic medical condition, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. We also offer consultations for children admitted for medical and/or surgical care who may also be experiencing emotional and/or mental health issues. We’re here to help give kids and families the tools they need to cope with difficult feelings.

Conditions We Treat

Conditions We Treat


A child psychologist is a licensed mental health professional with a doctorate degree who specializes in the study of childhood development as it relates to behaviors and emotions. Our child psychologists and behavioral health team members care for kids and teens referred to us for a variety of emotional, psychological and behavioral concerns.

We see a full spectrum of conditions — far too many to list here. The conditions we treat vary depending upon the location and providers selected. Don’t see a condition listed? Call us.

  • adjustment, behavioral and emotional issues related to a chronic (ongoing) medical condition (such as cancer, heart conditions, diabetes, etc.) 
  • anxiety disorder
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • behavior problems
  • depression and mood disorder
  • developmental delays
  • eating disorders
  • encopresis (involuntary passage of stool/poop in potty-trained children)
  • enuresis (bedwetting) 
  • grief
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • psychotic disorders
  • self-esteem issues
  • trouble coping with difficult life situations (e.g., bullying or problems with the family or school) 
Services We Offer

Services We Offer


In an outpatient (office) setting, we offer individual and family therapy, and work with families to improve behaviors. We don’t prescribe medications (child psychiatrists do that). But we’ll work with you, your child’s teachers, school and community health care providers (including your pediatrician and any other Nemours specialists your child may see) to develop a treatment plan just for your child. 

Kids who have serious illnesses or injuries and need to stay in the hospital or get a lot of surgeries may also experience depression, anxiety and/or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dealing with a medical problem can impact more than the body. That’s why 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.

Why Choose Us

Why Choose Us


Our child psychology experts have advanced training and extensive experience in helping children and teens with emotional and behavioral problems. We only work with kids and teens. That means we understand the issues they face — and how to help them.

  • 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. 
  • 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.
Regional Child Psychology Highlights

Services, programs and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.

Highlights of Our Care

We offer child psychology at Rockland Center II (1801 Rockland Road, Suite 201, Wilmington, Del., located across from the entrance to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children). Our team includes pediatric psychologists, psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed mental health counselors, behavior health therapists and behavioral health specialty nurses. We also work closely with other kids’ specialists, as needed, in developmental behavioral medicine, neurology and neuropsychology to offer full-service care.

Our psychologists are also part of the onsite care teams at many of our primary care practices in the Delaware Valley. So kids coming in to those practices for routine checkups or sickness can talk to someone if they’re struggling with the stress of chronic medical conditions, anxiety, depression or other behavioral health issues. 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.

Please note: Nemours does not have inpatient psychiatric facilities or beds for children or teens.

Featured Programs

We offer specialized programs such as:

Behavior Consultation Clinic

This specialized clinic is designed to help families and children from birth to age 6, who show signs of a wide range of developmental and behavioral concerns such as:

  • daycare difficulties
  • noncompliant behavior (behaviors that are clearly off task or in defiance of stated rules and expectations) at home or in the classroom, with ADHD symptoms
  • parent-child conflict
  • sibling rivalry

ADHD Clinic

We offer families of children diagnosed with ADHD better insight about the condition, including how to address common behavioral concerns related to ADHD. Kids diagnosed with ADHD can attend a social skills class to learn self-control skills as well as how to relate and interact with peers.

We offer child psychology at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando) and select satellite Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations. Our team includes pediatric psychologists, psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed mental health counselors, behavior analysts and technicians, and behavioral health specialty nurses. We also work closely with other kids’ specialists, as needed, in developmental behavioral medicine and neurology to offer full-service care.

Please note: Nemours does not have inpatient psychiatric facilities or beds for children or teens.

Highlights of Our Care

We offer child psychology at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville (in collaboration with Wolfson Children’s Hospital, connected by a walkway), and select satellite Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations. We work closely with other kids’ specialists, as needed, in psychiatry, neurology and neuropsychology to offer full-service care.

Pediatric Inpatient Program

At Wolfson Children's Hospital, our team of pediatric mental health experts provides specialized inpatient care for children and teens who are experiencing serious emotional problems. The 14-bed inpatient unit offers separate care for children (ages 6–11) and teens (ages 12–17). The daily schedule includes group therapy, art and music therapies, and yoga. Learn More

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Scheduled Specialist Online Visits

Nemours now offers scheduled specialist appointments through live video chat. Ask your doctor if this is an option for your family.

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Research & Clinical Trials

At Nemours, we’re actively researching new approaches for childhood disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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