Pediatric Psychology Program

The Pediatric Psychology Program focuses on the developmental and psychological aspects of child care. Staff assess developmental disorders, provide consultation to pediatricians, practitioners and parents, and promote the healthy adjustment and successful coping of patients and families. 

The Pediatric Psychology Program was formed in 1973 as part of the former Ambulatory Care Program to provide assessment and counseling for patients with chronic illness and/or developmental disability and their families. The Program provides mental health intervention, including individual and family therapy to address emotional and behavior difficulties. Issues include compliance with medical treatment, reintegration into the home/school community, and coping with hospitalization and painful procedures. Pediatric Psychology also offers assessments, objective and projective behavior observation, intellectual and learning assessments, and diagnostic interviews to monitor effectiveness of medical treatments in reducing ill effects on patients' intellectual and emotional status. Community outreach is an important aspect of Pediatric Psychology. Staff and interns are involved in Minneapolis community clinics to provide direct services and staff consultation. They consult with schools, residential treatment programs, and county social services.


Christopher Boys, PhD, LP
Director, Pediatric Psychology Program
Assistant Professor

Amy Gross, PhD, LP, BCBA
Assistant Professor

Contact us

Pediatric Psychology Program
Department of Pediatrics
University of Minnesota
MMC 486. 420 Delaware St, S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455 

Phone: (612) 626-6777
Toll-Free: (800) 276-8642
TTY: (612) 624-3939
Fax: (612) 624-0997