SPP invites members with a shared interest to consider joining one or more Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Details of current SIGs are provided below.
Current Special Interest Groups
- Adherence Special Interest Group
The mission of this SIG is to promote evidence-based approaches to research and clinical service targeting the assessment and treatment of regimen adherence concerns in youth and families across a variety of chronic health conditions.
- Adolescent and Young Adult Special Interest Group
The mission of the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) SIG is to provide a structure for Society of Pediatric Psychology members to play an active role in the advancement of research, practice, and policy related to AYAs with chronic health conditions and their health care transitions.
- 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.
- Bioethics Special Interest Group
This Bioethics SIG will provide a forum to discuss challenges, share ideas and resources, and pursue collaborative relationships with a community of other pediatric psychologists.
- Cardiology Special Interest Group
The Pediatric Cardiology SIG is devoted to the discussion of issues faced by pediatric psychologists who work with children who have congenital heart disease, cardiac transplant, or other cardiac conditions.
- Complementary and Integrative Medicine Special Interest Group
The Society of Pediatric Psychology Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CIM) SIG provides a forum for communication and discussion about the role of CIM as it relates to advancing the health and well-being of pediatric populations.
- Consultation-Liaison Special Interest Group
In addition to our efforts to improve the quality of care we provide as consultation-liason psychologists, the SIG promotes discussion, education, research, and networking.
- Craniofacial Special Interest Group
The Craniofacial SIG consists of SPP members who share an interest in craniofacial conditions.
- Diabetes Special Interest Group
The Diabetes Special Interest Group promotes the use of evidenced-based approaches to assess and treat the biopsychosocial factors associated with morbidity in diabetes.
- Differences of Sex Development Special Interest Group
The DSD SIG is interested in (a) promoting awareness of the needs of youth with DSD and their families, (b) developing expert and consensus-driven best practice models of pediatric interdisciplinary care, (c) integrating cultural competence into care models, (d) providing a venue for information-sharing regarding ethical issues and diagnosis-specific factors impacting care, and within the larger umbrella of DSD conditions (e) identifying high priority areas for research and supporting cross-site collaborations, and (f) developing pediatric psychology training opportunities to ensure access to competent psychological care for this population.
- Digital Health Special Interest Group
The Digital Health SIG provides a forum for members of the Society of Pediatric Psychology to share and learn about the development, evaluation, dissemination/implementation of pediatric health tools delivered via digital platforms (e.g., text messages, apps, wearable devices).
- Diversity Special Interest Group
The Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP) is committed to promoting diversity in pediatric psychology research and clinical care, to increasing the number of SPP members from diverse backgrounds, and to providing services and resources for SPP members who are members of underrepresented groups.
- Epilepsy Special Interest Group
Since epilepsy presents challenges for more than one percent of youth, our goals are to increase awareness of epilepsy among SPP members, foster communication between and support for pediatric psychologists, and liaison with the American Epilepsy Society (AES).
- Gastroenterology Special Interest Group
The mission of this SIG is to facilitate the study and discussion of psychosocial aspects of pediatric gastroenterological conditions; develop collaborative relationships among practitioners who carry out psychological interventions with pediatric GI populations, and educate clinical professionals about the psychosocial issues which may affect the child or adolescent with a gastroenterological condition.
- Gender Health Special Interest Group
Gender-diverse youth are children and adolescents who experience their gender in a way that is different than their assigned sex at birth. Pediatric psychologists often function as integral team members within these clinics, The Gender Health SIG seeks to provide a national platform for collaboration among pediatric psychologists engaged in clinical care, research, education and training activities pertaining to the care of gender-diverse youth.
- Hematology/Oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplant Special Interest Group
This SIG collaborates with organizations with a similar focus and current SPP SIGs that often overlap with the hematology/oncology/blood and marrow transplant population.
- Integrated Primary Care Special Interest Group
The purpose of the Integrated Primary Care SIG will be to create a network of professionals to highlight the work and growing nature of pediatric psychologists caring for children in pediatric primary care and integrated health care settings.
- Medical Traumatic Stress Special Interest Group
The Medical Traumatic Stress Special Interest Group (MTS SIG) stimulates research on the nature of medical traumatic stress and develop, refine and disseminate interventions to address it.
- Neonatology Special Interest Group
The goal of this SIG offer a space for psychologists and others to discuss screening and treatment options available to parents while their child is in the neonatal intensive unit.
Kidney disease, dialysis, and related conditions and comorbidities have a significant impact on psychosocial well-being and functioning. This SIG strives to create a community for SPP members who conduct clinical work and research focused on patients with chronic kidney disease, lupus, and renal hypertension, as well as comorbid conditions and populations (e.g., urology and/or rheumatology).
- Obesity Special Interest Group
We provide education, training and mentoring of psychologists in the care of overweight/obese youth and advocacy for public policy.
- Pain Special Interest Group
Pediatric pain is a common condition of childhood/adolescence. As such, many pediatric psychologists research and provide clinical care in this area and specialized programs are developing. The Pain SIG provides a forum for communication and discussion about the many developments in the field.
- Palliative Care and End-of-Life
We seek to facilitate cross-institutional communication for support and networking, promote integration of psychology into palliative care, and offer specialized learning opportunities within palliative care and end-of-life.
- PRISM: Pediatric research/innovative statistical methodologies
This SIG seeks to promote high-quality statistics practices within our Society.
- Rehabilitation Medicine
A newly developed SIG hoping to facilitate communication and collaboration between pediatric psychologists with a specific interest in rehabilitation medicine.
- Sleep Special Interest Group
The mission of the Sleep SIG is to facilitate research, advance clinical care, promote advocacy and increase networking among SPP members who share an interest in behavioral sleep medicine in pediatric populations.
- Solid Organ Transplant
The Solid Organ Transplant (SOT) SIG is for members of SPP who have shared interests in pediatric end stage organ disease and solid organ transplantation (including heart, liver, kidney, multivisceral, and other solid organ transplant).
- Sports Medicine/Orthopedic Special Interest Group
This SIG strives to synthesize knowledge across Sports Medicine and Orthopedics. We have a focus on children and adolescent athletes, as well those with congenital or injury-related conditions involving orthopedic procedures (e.g., scoliosis or amputation).