About the Department

The Department of Psychology sets the standard for psychological care and research that fosters optimal health potential and quality of life for patients and families affected by pediatric catastrophic diseases. Through an integrated academic focus across clinical, research, and training efforts in pediatric psychology and neuropsychology, the department advances discovery and care across St. Jude. 

An experienced, growing team of faculty leads the department’s cohesive strategy. Department Faculty contribute to innovative research and clinical care initiatives that shape our approach to a patient’s life-long care. We enforce our commitment to this high standard of care through the implementation of novel methodologies and technologies and the ongoing contribution to innovative program initiatives and individualized training experiences for faculty and staff. 

Our approach inspires a spirit of collaboration in which all faculty and staff fulfill a vital role in the standard of care for all patients and share a common vision to realize the St. Jude mission.


Departmental priorities


Faculty

To support the integrated academic focus of the Department, Faculty members work across two tracks, Clinician and Clinician Scientist. The track to which Faculty are assigned align with their individual institutional roles, duties, and interests, and all Faculty across the Department contribute to specific clinical and research roles regardless of their track designation.

Faculty on the Clinician track commit seventy-five to ninety percent of their time to clinical care and the remainder to research and institutional stewardship activities. Each member serves as a clinical liaison to primary medical or other speciality services, promoting integration of psychological care across diagnostic populations. Research endeavors for this track are typically collaborative in nature, where Faculty members often serve as co-investigators on departmental and institutional protocols. 

Faculty on the Clinician Scientist track commit sixty to seventy-five percent of their time to research activities and the rest to the provision of clinical care. These members serve as Principal Investigators (PIs) on one or more clinical research protocols, and they may be co-investigators or site investigators on other institutional protocols, collaborative studies coordinated by external sites, and/or consortia protocols. 

Our investigators contribute to institutional programs across St. Jude, and while Faculty may identify a primary association with one program, many are involved with research initiatives from multiple programs.



Contact us

Department of Psychology
MS 740, Room R4000
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105-3678

Email: sean.phipps@stjude.org
Phone: (901) 595-4128
Fax: (901) 595-4701

Preferred contact method: email