Pediatric Psychology

Pediatric consultation-liaison service

Kosair Children's Hospital offers services to help address patients' behavioral and emotional needs through the pediatric consultation-liaison service of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry/Bingham Clinic. With a team of pediatric psychologists and psychiatrists offering evaluation of patients and consultation with attending physicians, the following concerns can be addressed:

  • Coping with chronic illness and traumatic injury
  • Nonadherence to treatment regimen
  • Anxiety reduction/relaxation/biofeedback
  • Pain management
  • Depressive reactions and withdrawal
  • Suicidal behavior
  • Eating/feeding problems
  • Differential diagnosis and treatment when stress factors may be a component to the patient's medical presentation
  • Behavioral problems on the medical unit
  • Management of aggressive/disruptive behavior
  • Psychotropic medications
  • Psychological testing
  • Grief issues
  • Family/patient/staff conflict
  • Facilitating family coping with child illness

The services of the consultation team often complement a variety of support services, including the Hearts and Hands Palliative Care Program, clinical resource management, Child Life and Expressive Therapy and chaplaincy .

Procedure for referrals

Referrals are taken between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling (502) 852-1068. After 5 p.m. weekdays and on weekends and holidays, the on-call child psychiatry resident is contacted. A 24-hour period is required to complete the assessment and make recommendations.


Bryan Carter, Ph.D., a pediatric psychologist and professor of child psychiatry and pediatrics, serves as the service chief. Other members of the team include a pediatric psychology postdoctoral fellow, a child psychiatry fellow, a child psychology intern and a psychology practicum student. The individuals filling the psychiatry fellow and psychology intern positions rotate every four months.