The hospital understands that the conditions facing our patients can be stressful. The Psychology department helps patients and their families deal with the stress constructively, offering individual and family counseling.
The purpose of the Psychology Department is to provide quality clinical care and promote healthy child development, despite the stress and demands associated with a health-related condition. Licensed psychologists and psychology trainees with expertise in pediatric psychology and behavioral health coordinate and participate in interdisciplinary health care, related teams, hospital committees and research. Direct clinical inpatient and outpatient services are provided to TSRHC patients, along with their families and caregivers.
Who We Serve
TSRHC patients are referred by medical staff and seen during clinical visits, inpatient hospitalizations, or as outpatients in the Psychology department.
Patients are referred for a number of reasons, including preoperative preparation and planning, education, adjustment related to new diagnoses and / or mental health needs.
In a given month, approximately 250 patients are seen by the Psychology staff, with nearly 60 new referrals each month.
The psychology department staff includes licensed psychologists, a post-doctoral fellow, a psychology assistant and a research associate. Our highly skilled psychologists are experts in their field and are clinical assistant professors at UT Southwestern Medical Center, supervising interns as part of the American Psychological Association approved pre-doctoral internship program.
Sandy Roland, Ph.D., director of Psychology has 15 years of experience in school psychology. She specializes in developmental and psycho-educational evaluation and is board certified in psychopharmacology.
Heather Richard, Psy.D., specializes in health psychology, working with children affected by medical conditions. She has been a member of the TSRHC staff beginning her fellowship in 2005.
Michael Johnson, Ph.D., is the newest member of the TSRHC Psychology team. He has more than 20 years of experience in academia and private practice, working with children with disabilities and their families.
Erica Force, Ph.D. is the current post-doctoral fellow. She received her degree from the University of North Texas. She is a registered sports psychologist.
Dylan Nguyen, M.A. is the department’s Research Associate. He assists staff with current research projects and manuscript preparation.
The Psychology Department at TSRHC offers predoctoral and postdoctoral training opportunities in psychology. All psychologists are also members of the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas. Read more about our Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.