Allergic Diseases Special Interest Group

The prevalence of childhood allergic diseases, such as asthma, atopic dermatitis, food allergies, and eosinophilic diseases has increased during the past two decades.

The mission of the Allergic Diseases SIG is to foster professional collaboration among clinicians and researchers with an interest in understanding the psychosocial experience of children with allergic diseases and their families and furthering the use of evidence-based approaches to assessment and intervention in this population. 


Our specific goals are to:

  • Increase collaborative relationships and opportunities among pediatric psychologists who conduct research and provide clinical care to pediatric patients with allergic diseases and their families.
  • Facilitate the study and discussion of psychosocial aspects of allergic diseases. 
  • Facilitate the development, evaluation and dissemination of assessment tools, clinical interventions, and educational resources for various allergic diseases.
  • Increase access to and promote use of evidence-based assessment, intervention, and educational resources among researchers and clinicians who work with children with allergic diseases and their families.
  • Advance the inclusion of diverse populations in research related to allergic diseases and promote health equity for children with allergic diseases and their families.
  • Promote training and mentoring opportunities in allergic diseases. 
  • Foster cooperation and multidisciplinary collaboration among professionals working to improve the lives of children with allergic diseases and their families.
  • Foster awareness of the psychosocial aspects of allergic diseases among the broader Division 54 membership in recognition of the high prevalence of allergic diseases in the pediatric population.




   Jennifer LeBovidge, PhD (Boston Children's Hospital)
   Nancy Rotter, PhD  (Massachusetts General Hospital)

Clinical Chair:  Amy Hahn, PhD (Nationwide Children’s Hospital)

Research Chair:  Catherine Peterson, PhD (Eastern Michigan University)

Communications Chair:  Ashley Ramos, PhD (Children’s National Health System)

Student/trainee Representatives

   Alix McLaughlin (Eastern Michigan University)
   Melissa Engel, MA (Emory University)


SIG email address!

For more information, contact Jennifer LeBovidge or Nancy Rotter


Join the Board!

All Allergic Diseases SIG leadership positions are 2-year commitments.  Co-Chair positions are filled through self-nomination.  If multiple individuals self-nominate, a vote will be taken by the SIG membership prior to the SPP annual conference.  SIG Co-Chairs appoint all other chairs based upon self-nomination.  All new leadership board members assume their roles immediately following the annual conference. \

Leadership board positions include: Co-chairs, Research Chair, Clinical Chair, Communications Chair, Student/Trainee Representatives

Click here to learn more about the roles and responsibilities for each board position


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