Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Specialization in Neonatology
Pediatric Psychologists integrated within the Nationwide Children's Neonatology service provide family support to infants in our renowned 114 bed level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Within the NICU setting, Pediatric Psychology specializes in optimizing parent and infant bonding and parent mental health by addressing coping/adjustment to new diagnoses, grief/loss issues, long-term hospitalization, and sibling support. Additionally, we collaborate with other care team members to support the developmental care of patients in the NICU setting and serve as liaisons between families and the care team to help promote communication and partnership. This position largely involves inpatient consultation-liaison services, but may expand to supporting families in the interdisciplinary outpatient developmental follow-up clinics. Familiarity with adult mental health and/or infant mental health is desirable. For those who may not have much direct NICU experience, other work experience in intensive care or oncology settings will be favorably considered. Specifically, this position will include:
- Providing psychosocial risk assessments and supportive interventions at bedside to families in the NICU, including our specialized Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) unit.
- Developing new program initiatives to better support NICU families, including but not limited to siblings, as well as long-term and out-of-state families.
- Developing and implementing psychosocial screening processes for parents throughout Nationwide Children’s Hospital Neonatal Network (253 beds).
- Partnering with multiple specialty interdisciplinary services, including our Small Baby Program, Advanced Illness Management team, Fetal Medicine Collaborative, Comprehensive Center for BPD (CCBPD), and Early Developmental Clinic (EDC).
- Coordinating care with other subspeciality programs in the Divisions of Complex Care, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics and our Child Development Center.
- Providing staff support and education regarding family centered care and psychosocial issues.
- Coordinating with team members in quality improvement and research projects
For additional information on Neonatology, please see the following link:
To discuss this position, please contact Amy Baughcum, Ph.D., Clinical Lead, Neonatal Psychosocial Services, at Amy.Baughcum@nationwidechildrens.org.