- Director, Pediatric Psychology Consultation Program
- Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
- Professor of Pediatrics
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Pediatric psychology; Pediatric rehabilitation; Applied behavior analysis; Children distress relating to rehab and chronic health problems; counterconditioning of health care related anxiety; nonpharmacological approaches to pediatric acute procedural pain; analysis and intervention for behavioral distress during neurorehabilitation; treatment of chronic pain-associated disability in children and adolescents ...read more
Dr. Slifer is child clinical psychologist with special interest in pediatric psychology, pediatric rehabilitation and applied behavior analysis. His clinical work and research focus on conducting systematic behavioral assessment of children's distress related to medical and rehabilitation procedures and/or chronic health problems. Principles of behavior and learning are used to teach children with or without developmental disabilities and/or chronic medical conditions (as well as their care givers) skills needed to cope with uncomfortable health care procedures, effortful self-care routines, and the behavioral restrictions imposed by medical problems. Current research activities include: behavioral training for pediatric neuroimaging without sedation, counterconditioning of health care related anxiety,nonpharmacological approaches to pediatric acute procedural pain, analysis and intervention for behavioral distress during neurorehabilitation, and treatment of chronic pain-associated disability in children and adolescents.