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Meet Dr. Searcy-Pate
Jasmin Searcy-Pate

Jasmin Searcy-Pate, Ph.D. (she, her, hers)

Clinical Director/Owner

Licensed Child/Pediatric Psychologist

Dr. Searcy-Pate earned both of her graduate degrees (Master’s Degree and Doctor of Philosophy) in Clinical Psychology from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland) and Jackson State University (Jackson, MS). In addition, Dr. Searcy-Pate completed specialized training in child/pediatric psychology at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minnesota), and Department of Defense (Sam Fort Houston, Texas). As a Child/Pediatric Health Psychologist and credentialed diabetes mental health provider by the American Diabetes Association, she works in collaboration with parents, schools, primary care providers, and/or specialty providers to provide assessment, therapy, and consultation services.

Specifically, Dr. Searcy-Pate is a children's book author (Olivia Takes A Mental Health Day), provides assessment, and evidence-based treatment/interventions (including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), theraplay principles, pediatric hypnosis, parent management training) to patients and their families presenting with general outpatient (e.g., behavioral difficulties, child trauma) and pediatric health complications (e.g., diabetes mellitus). Dr. Searcy-Pate has provided psychology services for 13+ years in a variety of settings, including pediatric hospitals, military settings, and community-based health clinics.

Dr. Searcy-Pate's interests and expertise include general child/adolescent mental health, pediatric health complications, and stress reduction. The focus of her practice is the interactions between the mind and the body and the powerful ways in which biological, psychological and social factors affect physical health and well-being. Dr. Searcy-Pate also serves as an affiliate Clinical Professor (and Course Developer in the area of Child Trauma) at Northwestern University and Clinical Assistant Professor at a public research university in Illinois. She has published journal articles across a range of clinical topics, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and pediatric sickle cell disease. Dr. Searcy-Pate's ultimate research and clinical interests include health behavior change (i.e., predictors of success following diagnosis of pediatric health complications) and racial/ethnic disparities in children's health and healthcare. When she is not engaging in her work as a Child/Pediatric Psychologist, she enjoys opportunities for civic engagement, spending time with her energetic family, and running/biking.

Areas of Expertise

Pediatric chronic medical conditions (diabetes, pain management, sickle cell disease, etc.), psychological assessments/evaluations, toilet training, pain management, trauma, anxiety, behavior management for ADHD, and disruptive behavior disorders

Common Conditions Treated

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Toddlers and Younger Children
  • Adjustment to acute/chronic medical illness (e.g., diabetes mellitus)

  • Delays in speech, language, walking, scribbling and coloring

  • Picky eating and low nutritional food intake

  • Problematic toileting training, bedwetting and other bathroom issues

  • Trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep or sleeping in their own bed

  • Extreme temper tantrums

School-Age and Older Children
  • Adjustment to acute/chronic medical illness (e.g., diabetes mellitus)

  • Adoption-related difficulties

  • Significant decline in grades or an inconsistent performance

  • Excessive school absenteeism, tardiness or suspensions

  • Erratic social relationships, new unfamiliar friendships, lying

  • Unexplained sadness and tearfulness

  • Social withdrawal or isolation

  • Decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities

  • Insomnia or increased fatigue and sleepiness

  • Irritability and frequent mood swings

  • Excessive worries, rituals, hoarding

  • Physical complaints for no reason (e.g., headache, stomachache, or not feeling well)

  • Aggressive behavior (e.g., biting, kicking, or hitting)

  • Bullying victim or perpetrator

  • Signs of alcohol, drug or other substance use

  • Life transitions (e.g., relocation, divorce, family stress, legal)

  • Experiencing a traumatic event or emotional, sexual, physical abuse

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