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Pediatric Medical Psychology - Fellows

Erika Chiappini, Ph.D. 

Erika Chiappini, Ph.D.

Dr. Erika Chiappini is a postdoctoral fellow in the Pediatric Medical Psychology Program. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia and completed her predoctoral internship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Prior to her doctoral studies, she received a B.A. from the University of Virginia. Clinically, Dr. Chiappini specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in children and teens as well as providing evidence-based interventions for other concerns, including non-adherence to medical regimens, sleep, adjustment to new diagnoses, pain management, depression, and behavioral challenges. She also enjoys consulting with multidisciplinary treatment teams and conducting assessments with children and their families. Her research interests have centered on factors associated with youth anxiety and treatment outcomes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Her dissertation examined the relationship between youth involvement and therapist behaviors on treatment outcomes in CBT for youth anxiety disorders. Current interests include examining anxiety and the therapeutic relationship in medical settings with youth with chronic and acute medical diagnoses.

 

Paige Seegan, Ph.D.

Paige Seegan, Ph.D.

Dr. Paige Seegan is a postdoctoral fellow in the Pediatric Medical Psychology Program. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Texas Tech University and completed her predoctoral internship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Prior to her fellowship at Johns Hopkins, she completed a research fellowship focused on pediatric health disparities at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Clinically, Dr. Seegan specializes in providing evidence-based assessments and interventions to youth and their families to help promote adherence to medical regimens and coping with acute and/or chronic illness. Dr. Seegan has expertise is various modalities of evidence-based practice (e.g., CBT, ACT, Motivational Interviewing, PCIT, behavioral health weight-management services, and TF-CBT) and enjoys consulting with multidisciplinary treatment teams focusing on youth with chronic medical conditions. Broadly, her research interests are focused on the multi-level factors that contribute to disparities in pediatric health outcomes, with an emphasis on investigating the associations between risk and protective factors, pediatric health behaviors (e.g., sleep, nutrition, physical activity), and adjustment to chronic illness.

Nick Seivert, Ph.D.

Nick Seivert, Ph.D.

Dr. Nick Seivert is a postdoctoral fellow in the Pediatric Medical Psychology Program. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University, and completed his predoctoral internship at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Department of Pediatrics. Prior to his graduate studies, he earned a B.S. degree from Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Seivert’s research interests include childhood stress/trauma, emotional development, and the role of parenting in children’s development of emotion regulation abilities. His dissertation focused on children’s exposure to adverse experiences and its impact on social and emotional competence as well as the role of parenting within this context. Dr. Seivert provides evidence based treatment and assessment to support children and families with a variety of psychiatric and medical concerns. His clinical interests are broadly related to pediatric integrated healthcare, including treatment of psychiatric disorders in youth with comorbid chronic/complex medical conditions, consultation/liaison services for multidisciplinary medical teams, disruptive behaviors disorders, and pediatric medical traumatic stress.

Mackenzie Sommerhalder, Ph.D. 

Dr. Mackenzie Sommerhalder is a postdoctoral fellow in the Pediatric Medical Psychology Program. She earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology at University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, NE and completed her predoctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD. Prior to her doctoral studies, she received her B.A. from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Her research interests broadly center on academic behavioral intervention, parent involvement in adolescent development, and behavioral parent training in acute care settings. Clinically, Dr. Sommerhalder enjoys serving on interdisciplinary teams as well as providing evidence-based treatment to youth and their families, with the predominant focus on challenging behavioral and psychiatric concerns.

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