Lauren Mednick PhD

Lauren Mednick, PhD

Assistant Director (Clinical), OPS

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

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Medical Services


  • Psychiatry


  • Medical Coping Team
  • Behavioral Medicine Clinic
  • Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation Service
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Experience and Education


Clinical Psychology

George Washington University, 2005


Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital,

Boston, MA


Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School,

Boston, MA


2008- present Co-PI, To Blog or Not to Blog? Ethical and Professional Dilemmass Associated with the use of Personal Web Pages Designed and currently analyzing data from a study aimed at understanding the specific ethical and professional dilemmas related to patient and clinician blog and social network use. 2009-present Investigator, Thalassemia Longitudinal Cohort Currently analyzing psychosocial data from a large multi-country longitudinal study with patients diagnosed with thalassemia. 2009-present Co-PI, International Perceptions of Clefts Currently analyzing data examining causal attributions and perceptions of clefts of patients in five countries. 2007-2012 Psychology Consultant, CDC (grant#: 5 U01 DD000308-03), New Investigation Initiatives for Prevention of Complications of Thalassemia. PI: Ellis Neufeld, M.D., Ph.D. The major goal of this study is to examine variables associated with preventing disease complications in patients diagnosed with thalassemia.

Professional History

Peer Reviewed Publications

1. Mednick, L., Cogen, F.R., & Streisand, R. (2004). Satisfaction and quality of life in children with type 1 diabetes and their parents following transition to insulin pump therapy. Children’s Health Care, 33(3), 169-183.
2. Streisand, R. & Mednick, L. (2005). Development of the Diabetes Education, Counseling, Information Delivery, and Evaluation (DECIDE) program: A Health promotion intervention for preadolescents with type 1 diabetes. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 13(2), 189-199.
3. Mednick, L., Cogen, F., Henderson, C., Rohrbeck, C., Kitessa, D., & Streisand, R. (2007). Hope more, worry less: Hope as a potential resilience factor in mothers of very young children with type 1 diabetes. Children’s Health Care, 36(4), 385-396.
4. Streisand, R., Mackey, E.R., Elliot, B.M, Mednick, L., Slaughter, I.M, Turek, J., & Austin, A. (2008). Parental anxiety and depression associated with caring for a child newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes: Opportunities for education and counseling. Patient Education and Counseling, 32(2), 333-338.
5. Mednick, L., Gargollo, P., Oliva, M., Gant, R. & Borer, J. (2009). Stress and coping in parents of young children diagnosed with bladder exstrophy. Journal of Urology, 181(3), 1312-1317.
6. Tunick, R. & Mednick, L. (2009). Electronic communication in the pediatric setting: dilemmas associated with patient blogs. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 34(5), 585-587.
7. Mitchell, S., Hilliard, M., Mednick, L., Cogen, F., Henderson, C., Streisand, R. (2009). Stress Among Fathers of Young Children with Type 1 Diabetes. Family, Systems, and Health, 27(4), 314-324.
8. Mednick, L., Braunstein, J., & Neufeld, E. (2010). Oral chelation: Should it be used with Young Children? Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 55(4), 603-605.
9. Mednick, L., Yu, S., Trachtenberg, F., Xu, Y., Kleinert, D.A., Giardina, P.J, Kwiatkowski, J.L., Foote, D., Thayalasuthan, V., Porter, J.B., Thompson, A.A., Schilling, L., Quinn, C.T., Neufeld, & E.J., Yamashita, R. (2010). Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety in Patients with Thalassemia: Prevalence and Correlates in the Thalassemia Longitudinal Cohort. American Journal of Hematology, 85(10), 802-805.
10. Trachtenberg, F., Vichinsky, E., Haines, D., Pakbaz, Z., Mednick, L., Sobota, A., Kwiatkowski, J., Thompson, A.A., Porter, J., Coates, T., Giardina, P.J., Olivieri, N., Yamashita, R., & Neufeld, E.J. (2011). Iron chelation adherence to deferoxamine and deferasirox in thalassemia. American Journal of Hematology, 86(5), 433-436.
11. Tunick, R. Mednick, L, & Conroy, C (2011). A snapshot of child psychologists’ social media activity: Professional and ethical practice implications and recommendations. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 42(6), 440-447.
12. Mednick, L. & Robyn, L.C. (2012). Treatment of Severe Blood-Injection-Injury Phobia with the Applied Tension Method: Two Adolescent Case Examples. Clinical Case Studies, 11(1), 24-34.
13. Trachtenberg, F., Mednick, L., Kwiatkowski, J.L., Neufeld, E., Haines, D., Pakbaz, Z., Thompson, A.A., Quinn, C., Grady, R., Sobota, A., Olivieri, N., Horne, R., & Yamashita, R. (2012). Beliefs about chelation among thalassemia patients. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 10, 148-159.
14. Pennison, M.C., Mednick, L., Grant, R., Price, D., Rosoklija, I., Huang, L., Ziniel, S., & Borer, J.G. (2013). A Survey to Assess Body and Self-Image in Individuals with Bladder Exstrophy: A Call for Psychosocial Support. The Journal of Urology, 190(4), 1572-1576.
15. Mednick, L., Snyder, J., Schook, C., Blood, E.A., Brown, S.E., & Weatherley-White, R.C.A. (2013). Causal Attributions of Cleft Lips and Palates across Cultures. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 50(6), 655-61.
16. Pennison, M., Mednick, L., Rosoklija, I, Grant, R., Huang, L., Ziniel, S. Borer, J. (in press). Health Related Quality of Life in Patients with Bladder Exstrophy: A Call for Targeted Interventions. The Journal of Urology.
17. Zenlea, I.S., Mednick, L., Rein, J., Quinn, M., Wolfsdorf, J., & Rhodes, E.T. (in press). Routine behavioral and mental health screening in young children with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Pediatric Diabetes.
18. Zenlea, I.S., Milliren, C.E., Mednick, L., & Rhodes, E.T. (in press). Screening in adolescents in the United States: A national study of ambulatory, office-based practice. Academic Pediatrics.

Invited Chapters

1. Mednick, L. (2009). Preparation for Procedures. In R.J. Shaw & D.R. DeMaso (Eds.), Textbook of Pediatric Psychosomatic Medicine. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Press, Inc.
2. Mednick, L. & Koocher, G. (2012). Children with Chronic Medical Conditions: Parenting Needs. In K. Kuehnle & L. Drozd (Eds.), Parenting Plan Evaluations: Applied Research for the Family Court. Oxford University Press.
3. Mednick, L. (2013). Helping Children Cope with Chronic Medical Illness. In G.P. Koocher, J. C. Norcross, & B. A. Greene (Eds.), Psychologists' Desk Reference-3rd Edition. Oxford University Press.
4. Yamashita, R.C., Mednick, L., & Haines, D. (in press). Psychological Support in Thalassemia. Guidelines for the Clinical Management of Thalassemia- 2nd Update Edition. Thalassemia International Federation.

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