Pediatric Psychology
Pediatric Psychology

Pediatric Psychology

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.

Pediatric Psychology
Medical Office Building, Suite 220
East Tennessee Children's Hospital
2100 Clinch Ave, Knoxville TN 37916

(865) 541-8805

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

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Roles of Pediatric Psychologists

  • To serve as a consultant/liaison for inpatients
  • To serve as behavioral specialists in various clinics
  • To serve as psychologists for certain outpatients

Inpatients

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.

Clinics

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 Tennessee region.

Outpatients

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, PhDAllison 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 diagnoses.

Regina Hummel, PhDRegina 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, PhDJanis 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.