Kristen Milazzo, Psy.D.
We were excited to welcome Dr. Kristen Milazzo to our practice in 2010 following her work as a postdoctoral fellow in pediatric psychology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine (Bingham Clinic), where she also completed her predoctoral internship. She has a special interest in working with patients and their families experiencing chronic illness & trauma such as painful and fatiguing conditions, pediatric cancers, traumatic injuries/events, stress management, and palliative care. In addition, she enjoys treating children and teens with anxiety, mood and behavioral disorders, as well as facilitating effective parenting techniques.
Her philosophy of treatment emphasizes the relationship between the child or adolescent, family, and the clinician. Mutual respect, honesty, compassion, and utilization of evidence-based treatment are necessary qualities in effective management of psychological issues. Dr. Milazzo focuses treatment on the here-and-now with solution-based practices and collaboration between the child, family, school, and other health care providers.
During her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Milazzo specialized in pediatric psychology where she consulted with various medical specialties including, Hematology/Oncology, Gastrointestinal, Rheumatology, Neurology, Pulmonology, Endocrinology, Renal Services, and Solid Organ Transplants. Common presenting issues included: pain conditions, pediatric cancers, sickle cell disease, autoimmune disorders, juvenile fibromyalgia, diabetes, asthma and other pulmonary disorders, POTS, migraine headaches, recurrent abdominal pain, nonepileptic psychogenic seizures (NEPS), motor vehicle accidents or other trauma, palliative care, and child maltreatment. Additionally, she worked with adolescents and their families with chronic and debilitating medical conditions through the Children’s Health and Illness Recovery Program (CHIRP), a 12-session treatment approach, with emphasis on multidisciplinary team collaboration, stress management, utilization of coping strategies, improving interpersonal skills and communication, and increasing independent functioning.
Prior to a career in psychology, Dr. Milazzo graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management. During her undergraduate internship at a children’s hospital, she became interested in working with children and adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral issues. She worked as a teacher-clinician in a therapeutic day school for eight years while enrolled in graduate school.