Psychological Consultation in Pediatric Solid Organ Transplantation

  • Melissa K. CousinoEmail author
  • Kelly E. Rea
  • Emily M. Fredericks
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)


Due to advancements in treatment and survival, solid organ transplantation is a common intervention for pediatric patients with end-stage organ disease. Despite improved medical outcomes overall, pediatric solid organ transplantation is accompanied by risks of morbidity and mortality, along with daily medication and treatment demands. As such, a subset of patients and families experience significant psychological stressors throughout the transplant process, from transplant evaluation and listing to years post surgery. Pediatric transplant psychologists play a critical role in the care of these young people and their families. This chapter provides a review of psychological consultation in pediatric solid organ transplantation and includes both medical and psychosocial overviews, a review of evidence-based assessments and interventions for common referrals, and tips and tools, including handouts and resources, for working in pediatric solid organ transplantation.


Transplant psychology Pediatric Solid organ transplantation Heart transplantation Kidney transplantation Liver transplantation Lung transplantation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melissa K. Cousino
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Kelly E. Rea
    • 4
  • Emily M. Fredericks
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 5
  1. 1.C.S. Mott Children’s HospitalAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.University of Michigan Transplant CenterAnn ArborUSA
  3. 3.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Michigan Medical SchoolAnn ArborUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  5. 5.Susan B. Meister Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) CenterAnn ArborUSA

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