Gastroenterology Special Interest Group
The Pediatric Gastroenterology Special Interest Group (PG-SIG) is a national organization affiliated with Division 54 (Society for Pediatric Psychology) within the American Psychological Association. The PG-SIG mission is to accomplish the following:
Facilitate the study and discussion of psychosocial aspects of pediatric gastroenterological conditions.
Develop collaborative relationships among practitioners who carry out psychological interventions with pediatric gastroenterological populations.
Promote a sharing of novel treatment approaches among pediatric psychologists working with pediatric gastroenterological populations.
Carry out high quality research into the psychosocial aspects of pediatric gastroenterological conditions.
Further develop empirically supported treatment protocols specific to different pediatric gastroenterological conditions.
Promote awareness about the significance and importance of psychosocial issues within the pediatric gastroenterology population.
Educate clinical professionals about the psychosocial issues which may affect the child or adolescent with a gastroenterological condition.
Engage in professional dialogue about the role of the pediatric psychologist in sections or departments of gastroenterology.
Foster cooperation and multidisciplinary collaboration among professionals working in different disciplines to improve the lives of children and adolescents with gastroenterological conditions.
The PG-SIG maintains an external website that includes various resources, including a referral list of GI mental health providers, a list of assessment measures for GI populations, opportunities for research networking and collaboration, and a comprehensive list of internship/postdoctoral training sites that offer GI-specific rotations and/or GI experience. Some of these resources are password-protected, but individuals can obtain the password by contacting either of the SIG co-chairs. The external website may be accessed by clicking here.
Requests to join the PG-SIG should be sent to the SPP Administrative Officer, who will confirm whether the individual is a current SPP member and provide membership approval. There are no additional dues for the PG-SIG beyond the SPP annual dues.
Rob Dempster, PhD
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Brandi Whitaker, PhD
Arkansas Children's Hospital
Little Rock, AR