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MetroHealth Psychologist Named President-Elect of Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - MetroHealth Psychologist Named President-Elect of Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

(Cleveland) – The MetroHealth System’s Terry Stancin, Ph.D., has been named President-Elect of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP). She is the first female psychologist to hold this position.

SDBP, an international organization dedicated to improving the health of infants, children and adolescents by promoting research, teaching and clinical practice in developmental and behavioral pediatrics, has more than 700 members, most of whom are physicians. The society strives to promote an understanding of social, educational, and cultural influences on children.

“While, psychologists and other non-physician health professionals historically have been a minority among SDBP membership, we have always been valued as members and welcomed as leaders,” said Dr. Stancin. “My election as President-Elect stands as evidence of the Society's commitment to interdisciplinary representation and leadership.” 


Dr. Stancin, a Northeast Ohio native and Medina resident, graduated from Hiram College and received master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Kent State University. She has practiced at MetroHealth for 27 years and holds dual titles as Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry & Psychology and Vice-Chair for Research in Psychiatry.


Widely regarded as a national thought leader in psychology and pediatrics, Dr. Stancin has been active in leadership roles within the Society, including past service as Secretary-Treasurer, Co-Chair of the Membership Committee and as the SDBP representative for the Steering Committee for the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network. In addition, she is a Review and Special Articles Editor for Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

“Recent health care reform initiatives have emphasized the importance of integrated care for children, with enormous implications for expanding roles and opportunities for our field,” Dr. Stancin added. “There is much uncertainty surrounding new program structures and whether there will be funding to support evidence-based programs. SDBP needs to have a strong voice in discussing how new programs are conceived, led and funded, and I am eager to address these issues.”


About The MetroHealth System


The MetroHealth System is a public health system committed to providing health care to everyone in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and improving the health of the community overall. Its 6,000 employees deliver care to everyone at its main campus, just west of downtown Cleveland, and at 16 community health centers. MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s only Adult Level I Trauma Center and Comprehensive Burn Care Center. In the past year, MetroHealth provided over one million patient visits in its hospital and community health centers.


MetroHealth is also an academic medical center committed to teaching and research; each of its active physicians holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. MetroHealth has earned Magnet status, which places it in the top seven percent of all hospitals nationwide for nursing excellence.


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