MEDICAL SERVICES

EDUCATION

Graduate Degree

  • Viriginia Commonwealth University , 2012 , Richmond , VA

Internship

  • University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill , 2012 , Chapel Hill , NC

Fellowship

  • Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital , 2013 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

As a pediatric psychologist, I work with children, adolescents, and families with a wide variety of emotional and behavioral concerns related to their medical conditions. My goal is to empower children and families to cope with medically related challenges by developing individualized treatment plans that leverage families’ strengths and evidence-based care to help patients reach their potential.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

After completing my BA in psychology at Vassar College and gaining several years of clinical and research experience in Boston, I pursued my MS and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond VA where I conducted research to better understand how to provide high quality, evidence-based treatments to children and families in community settings. With the support of psychologist and physician mentors alike, I discovered my passion for working with children and adolescents with acute or chronic medical conditions and pursued a career at the intersection of psychology and medicine. Following an internship in Pediatric Psychology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a post-doctoral psychology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, I joined the staff at BCH and have been lucky to work with children, adolescents, and families coping with all aspects of chronic and acute medical conditions. As an Attending Psychologist in the Medical Coping Clinic in the Outpatient Psychology Service, the Inherited Cardiac Arrhythmias Program, and the Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation, I provide evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents with acute or chronic medical conditions and a co-morbid emotional or behavioral concern while participating in teaching, training, and research projects in these areas.

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Hylind RJ, Ladouceur VB, Fynn-Thompson F, Hourigan SE, Bezzerides VJ, Abrams DJ. Genotype-phenotype-guided medical and surgical intervention in long QT syndrome. HeartRhythm Case Rep. 2018 Jan; 4(1):14-17. View abstract
  2. Fleischman A, Hourigan SE, Lyon HN, Landry MG, Reynolds J, Steltz SK, Robinson L, Keating S, Feldman HA, Antonelli RC, Ludwig DS, Ebbeling CB. Creating an integrated care model for childhood obesity: a randomized pilot study utilizing telehealth in a community primary care setting. Clin Obes. 2016 Dec; 6(6):380-388. View abstract
  3. Hourigan SE, Southam-Gerow MA, Quinoy AM. Emotional and behavior problems in an urban pediatric primary care setting. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2015 Apr; 46(2):289-99. View abstract
  4. Ehrenreich-May J, Southam-Gerow MA, Hourigan SE, Wright LR, Pincus DB, Weisz JR. Characteristics of anxious and depressed youth seen in two different clinical contexts. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2011 Sep; 38(5):398-411. View abstract
  5. Hourigan SE, Goodman KL, Southam-Gerow MA. Discrepancies in parents' and children's reports of child emotion regulation. J Exp Child Psychol. 2011 Oct; 110(2):198-212. View abstract
  6. Southam-Gerow MA, Hourigan SE, Allin RB. Adapting evidence-based mental health treatments in community settings: preliminary results from a partnership approach. Behav Modif. 2009 Jan; 33(1):82-103. View abstract