Allergic Diseases Special Interest Group

The prevalence of childhood allergic diseases, such as atopic dermatitis, food allergies, and environmental allergies, has increased rapidly during the past two decades. Children with these diagnoses and their parents frequently experience stress pertaining to daily allergen avoidance, epinephrine auto-injector carriage, eczema management, and participation in oral immunotherapy. The Allergic Diseases SIG was created in order to allow pediatric psychologists to effectively share information and collaborate on research and clinical projects that will increase knowledge about these families’ experiences and facilitate the development of clinical interventions.


The Allergic Diseases SIG has long-term goals related to both research and clinical work with this population including:

Research Goals:

  1. Develop and maintain a measures bank
  2. Promote the development of measures of adherence and evidence-based clinical interventions for this population
  3. Advance the inclusion of diverse populations in research related to allergic diseases


Clinical Goals:

  1. Create a provider directory
  2. Create a ‘best practices’ guide for clinicians working with this population
  3. Promote and support allergic diseases training opportunities 



   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


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