MEDICAL SERVICES

EDUCATION

Graduate Degree

  • University of Miami , 2011 , Coral Gables , FL

Internship

  • Children's Health Council/Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford , 2011 , Palo Alto , CA

Fellowship

  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2012 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

Over the years, I have remained particularly interested in and committed to a few specialty areas within child psychology. I have been interested in helping youth in medical settings, and in treating anxiety and depression in children and teens. Throughout my training and early career, I have been fortunate to be able to pursue these interests in a variety of different geographic regions, in varied clinical settings, and with diverse populations. I have been impressed throughout this work with how effective evidence-based treatments can be in addressing childrens' and adolescents' mental health needs, and through my clinical work and research I hope to bring these interventions to children in medical settings.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

My interest in child and adolescent mental health began in college, when for my honors thesis in Human Biology I worked on a project screening for anxiety and depressive disorders in a diverse primary care population. Following this, I worked on several projects within child psychiatry in which I compiled patients' and parents' stories about their experiences in medical settings into resources that could benefit other families in similar circumstances. It was this work that solidified my interest in becoming a pediatric psychologist, as I heard about the unique needs and challenges of children with medical illnesses and their families. In graduate school I gained exposure to a number of specific pediatric populations and became interested both in helping youth through medical experiences and in promoting longer-term coping and adaptation to chronic illness. I was able to continue in this area of specialization through hospital-based work during my internship year, and further during my fellowship at Boston Children's. After working in a community practice where I treated children and adolescents with a wide variety of presenting problems, I returned to Children's to work in the Medical Coping Clinic. Here, I am able to continue doing clinical work within pediatric psychology, as well as participate in teaching, training, and research projects in this area.

This clinician offers Virtual Visits (video consultations) for follow-up care in clinically-appropriate cases.

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Garcia G, Snell C, Sawicki G, Simons LE. Mental Health Screening of Medically-Admitted Patients With Cystic Fibrosis. Psychosomatics. 2018 Mar - Apr; 59(2):158-168. View abstract
  2. Snell C, Fernandes S, Bujoreanu IS, Garcia G. Depression, illness severity, and healthcare utilization in cystic fibrosis. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2014 Dec; 49(12):1177-81. View abstract
  3. DeMaso DR, Snell C. Promoting coping in children facing pediatric surgery. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2013 Aug; 22(3):134-8. View abstract