What is Pediatric Psychology?
Pediatric Psychology addresses physical, cognitive, social and emotional
functioning and development as they relate to health and illness issues
in children, adolescents and families. We explore the interrelationship
between psychological and physical well-being of children, adolescents
and families including psychosocial and developmental factors contributing
to the etiology, course, treatment and outcome of pediatric conditions.
Medical Office Building, Suite 220
East Tennessee Children's Hospital
2100 Clinch Ave, Knoxville TN 37916
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Roles of Pediatric Psychologists
To serve as a consultant/liaison for
To serve as behavioral specialists in various
To serve as psychologists for certain
Working with the children that are staying in the hospital, we address
the psychological aspects of illness and injury. This is done by helping
assess patients when physicians are working with patients whose diagnoses
have a psychological component, such as eating disorders and nonepileptic
seizures. In addition, we help treat patients with pain and functional
problems. Finally, because the well-being of everyone involved is important
to helping our patients get better, we provide support to families and
to treatment teams.
We are part of a multidisciplinary team within several clinics and programs
associated with East Tennessee Children's Hospital, including Motivating
Mealtimes; Healthy Ways; Sleep Center; Hematology/Oncology and Grow with
Me. Referrals for these clinics come from a variety of places, but mostly
from primary care practices throughout the region. When an outpatient
therapy referral is needed, we sometimes see these patients in our own
practice. We also make referrals to community agencies and private practices
of PhD Psychologists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers in the East
Outpatients are served in our new office in the Medical Office Building
and at the Rehab Center. We currently serve a limited number of outpatients
a week in MOB and at the Rehab Center. Our referrals come from specialists,
primary care practices, other therapists, and directly from families.
We focus primarily on working with patients with co-existing medical and
psychological conditions. Common examples include patients with NAS history
and adjustment problems; anxiety and functional abdominal pain; school
avoidance and chronic headaches; depression and history of cancer; patients
with Asperger’s and extremely picky eating; young patient with Tourette’s
and anxiety. Because of our limited outpatient capacity, we accept patients
who are less likely to be served in the community, including those with
chronic medical conditions and those who are very young.
Meet our Pediatric Psychologists
Allison Elledge, PhD
Dr. Elledge is a licensed psychologist at East Tennessee Children's
Hospital. Dr. Elledge earned her doctorate in clinical
child psychology from the Clinical Child Psychology Program
at the University of Kansas. Additionally, she completed the Child Clinical
and Pediatric Psychology Doctoral Internship at the University of Louisville
School of Medicine and Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville,
Kentucky. She has received training in pediatric psychology, integrated
primary care, acute psychiatric inpatient care, and evidence-based outpatient
psychotherapy. Dr. Elledge specializes in individual
and family therapy for children, adolescents, and their families,
particularly for those children and families who are coping with medical
Regina Hummel, PhD
Dr. Hummel is a licensed psychologist at East Tennessee Children's
Hospital. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University
of Mississippi in 1999. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Charleston
Area Medical Center. Since completing her training, Dr. Hummel has worked
in medical and outpatient settings with children and adolescents. She
specializes in treating children, adolescents and young adults with anxiety,
depression, adjustment disorders and chronic health conditions. She also
specializes in parent training and assisting with parent-child relationship
difficulties. She is also skilled in the behavioral treatment of toileting
and sleep difficulties in children.
Janis Neece, PhD
Dr. Neece is a licensed psychologist at East Tennessee Children's Hospital.
She earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from Texas A&M University
in 1994. She interned at Georgia State University. She worked for several
years at Utah State University’s Counseling Center, specializing
in work with persons with anxiety disorders. After moving to Tennessee
in 2002, she completed a post-doctoral internship at Cherokee Health Systems
where she gained expertise in autism spectrum disorders and behavioral
problems in children. She worked in community mental health and in private
practice before joining ETCH part-time in 2008 and full-time in 2013.
At East Tennessee Children’s Hospital she also provides pediatric
sleep and OCD services.
To contact the pediatric psychology department, please call (865) 541-8805.