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Family Psychosocial Risk Screening in Pediatrics

Presented on Nov 08, 2023

This Webinar is sponsored by the SCCAP Membership Committee and the new Emerging Adults Special Interest Group.
Membership in the EA SIG is free for SCCAP members.

Presenter: Anne E. Kazak, PhD, ABPP, Nemours Children Health, 2023 Smith Award Recipient

Moderator: Tara Peris, PhD

The Psychosocial Assessment Tool (PAT; is an evidence-based caregiver-report screener of family psychosocial risk with the broad goal of identifying risks and resiliencies across the child and family’s social ecology. The impact of the PAT is evident with over 16,000 administrations. The PAT is used at approximately 120 sites in the United States, including 30% of U.S. pediatric cancer programs. Current research on the PAT focuses on implementation science and identifying strategies to increase the use of the PAT as a first step in a clinical pathway of evidence-based care.

There are three goals of the presentation: 1). Present background and rationale for universal, systematic family psychosocial risk screening; 2) Introduce the Psychosocial Assessment Tool (PAT), an evidence-based screener of family psychosocial risk and resources; and 3) Identify ways in which the PAT (or other screeners) can be integrated into clinical workflows, with attention to barriers and facilitators of implementation.

The webinar is appropriate for pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and Masters level professionals.

Presenter Bio:

Anne E. Kazak, Ph.D., ABPP is the Enterprise Director of the Nemours Center for Healthcare Delivery Science and is based at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, DE. She is also the Co-Director of the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress, part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Dr. Kazak also is a multiple Principal Investigator for the REACH (Research Expanding Access to Child Health) COBRE grant at NCH-D.  She is a licensed Psychologist and a Diplomat of the American Board of Professional Psychology. She is Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA and also Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania (emerita). She also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Delaware in the Dept of Psychological and Brain Sciences and in the College of Health Professions. She is also an accomplished journal editor, having served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, the Journal of Family Psychology, Health Psychology and American Psychologist.    Dr. Kazak is an internationally recognized expert in pediatric health, known as a thought leader and accomplished investigator in the application of a social ecological approach to children’s health to expand service delivery and improve overall outcomes.  Dr. Kazak’s  research has shaped a systems-oriented competence-based understanding of the distress of children and their family members over the course of pediatric illness and treatment. She has had consistent federal (National Cancer Institute, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Bureau of Maternal and Child Health) and foundation (American Cancer Society, St Baldrick’s Foundation, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, CURESearch, Toy Foundation, Caplan Foundation, B+ Foundation) support for her research programs. Dr. Kazak has extensive mentoring experience, including a Senior Mentoring Award from the NCI, and has mentored many national and international early career investigators.  She received the 2019 Seema S. Sonnad Mentor of the Year Award from IDEA Delaware. In 2020 she was awarded a Compassionate Champion from the State of Delaware for her work on trauma informed care. Dr. Kazak has 300+ peer reviewed papers and chapters and three books.

Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association Division 53, is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCCAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For registration questions, contact Lynn Canty,