Ximena Flanders, PSYD
I am a pediatric psychologist at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, where I am committed to providing high-quality psychological care for children, adolescents, young adults and their families. I specialize in providing assessment and intervention services that focus on the relationship between our cognitive, social, emotional, behavioral and physical health.
I use an evidence-based treatment approach to promote positive health behaviors, improved emotional and physical functioning, optimize coping/adjustment, and enhance overall mood and well-being. I also have a special interest in working with children and families facing complex medical challenges and pediatric chronic pain.
I have known I wanted to be a pediatric psychologist since middle school when I participated in a peer counseling class. I learned then – and am still inspired now – by how active listening, empathy and kindness can make an incredible impact on those around you.
It is incredibly rewarding to work with children, adolescents and their families. I enjoy meeting new families and joining them as we work together in finding creative methods that improve patient and family coping, adjustment and emotional healing.
In addition to my clinical work, I have contributed to the growing professional literature. Some of my contributions include co-authoring an academic book chapter focused on pediatric sleep, professional journal articles (e.g., case studies, pediatric chronic pain and behavioral pediatrics), and participation in media interviews to share information on identifying and supporting those with anxiety, low mood and facilitating adjustment during and after the global pandemic. I have also been an invited to present at international conferences focused on pediatric chronic pain.
I am also a proud mom, wife, sister, daughter and friend, and these are my proudest titles of all.
Nova Southeastern University, 2012
Kennedy Krieger Institute, 2012
Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2013