Lauren Mednick PhD

Lauren Mednick, PhD

Director (Clinical), Outpatient Psychiatry Service

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

    Contact: 617-355-6680
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Medical Services


  • Psychiatry


  • Medical Coping Team
  • Behavioral Medicine Clinic
  • Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation Service
To schedule an appointment: Call 617-355-6680

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

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.


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.

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