Melissa Carson, PsyD, Program Area Lead, Pediatric Psychology Program
Dr. Carson’s interest in Pediatric Psychology began during her graduate training at Baylor University and was strengthened during an internship at University of Louisville School of Medicine Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology Doctoral Internship Program. Following her internship experience, she chose to obtain additional training in Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology through a two year post-doctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she obtained clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and families referred by the following medical teams: cardiology, pulmonology, nephrology, kidney transplant, hematology/oncology, craniofacial/plastic surgery, liver transplant, cardiothoracic transplant, endocrinology, general pediatrics, and gastroenterology. Dr. Carson’s clinical and research interests focused on supporting children, adolescents, and families in adjustment and coping with chronic illness and improving adherence to medical regimens. As she transitioned from a post-doctoral fellow to staff psychologist at CHLA, she also served as the psychologist for the Cardiothoracic Transplant Program and worked with that program until 2012. She currently provides direct clinical care as the psychologist on the Pulmonary Positive Airway Pressure team, and also participates in the training and supervision in both the APA-accredited psychology internship and an APA-accredited psychology fellowship programs at CHLA. Since 2006, Dr. Carson has served as the Program Area Leader for the Pediatric Psychology Program Area. The Pediatric Psychology Program Area consists of 16 interdisciplinary staff and trainees and is part of the larger Mental Health Services program at CHLA. She is responsible for the clinical services, training activities, productivity, and program development of this team. She is currently the Co-Project Director and Outcomes Coordinator for a Graduate Psychology Education grant focused on Interprofessional Training for psychology interns and also serves as the Clinical Coordinator for the Stein Tikun Olam Infant Family Mental Health Initiative.