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Pediatric Psychology Team


St. Mary's Offers an Experienced Pediatric Psychology Team

Dr. Jaime Below, St. Mary's Pediatric Psychologist Dr. Sandy Bowersox   Dr. Elizabeth Clawson  Dr. Jenifer Powell   Dr. James Schroeder
Dr. Jaime Below   Dr. Sandy Bowersox  Dr. Elizabeth Clawson  Dr. Jenifer Powell Dr. James Schroeder 

Jaime Below, Ph.D., HSPP

Dr. Jaime Below is a child psychologist who specializes in the evaluation of developmental, autism spectrum, learning and attention deficit concerns for children and young adolescents.  Dr. Below also provides therapy to families with young children exhibiting significant disruptive behavior.

Dr. Below served as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, where she also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship.  Dr. Below received her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) degree in Psychology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee in August 2008.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in May 2003 and graduated with Honors and Distinction.    

Sandy Bowersox, Ph.D., HSPP

Dr. Bowersox provides therapy services to children ages 3 to 17 who have a variety of social/emotional concerns.  Her specialty is working with children and adolescents with acute and chronic medical conditions as well as those with eating disorders.  She also conducts psychological testing for attention deficit and learning difficulties.

Dr. Bowersox graduated Summa Cum Laude from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky with a Bachelors of Arts degree in both Psychology and Spanish.  She received her Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Saint Louis University in St. Louis Missouri and her Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Saint Louis University.  She completed the Lovick C. Miller Fellowship in Pediatric/Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Louisville's School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky.

Elizabeth Clawson, M.S., Ph.D., LCP, HSPP

Nationally recognized feeding expert, Psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Clawson, specializes in pediatric feeding disorders.  She oversees the Center for Children's intensive day feeding program, which is the only program of its kind available in the Midwest.  The program is based on an integrated treatment approach.  Transdisciplinary Effective Assessment and Treatment (TR-eat®) model, including medical oversight, behavioral psychology, nutrition, speech and occupational therapy.

Dr. Clawson attended both Washington and Lee University and Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Virginia.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and minor in Sociology.

Dr. Clawson received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She completed her internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with rotations in pediatric feeding therapy and hospital consultation/liaison intervention.  Her postdoctoral fellowship was at Cumberland Hospital, a long-term pediatric hospital for children and adolescents with brain injury, chronic illness and neurobehavioral disorders.

She has worked in the area of pediatric psychology for 17 years.  She previously served as the Behavioral Director for the feeding program in Virginia at the Children's Hospital of Richmond.  She has held an Assistant Clinical Professor position with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.

Dr. Clawson has specialized in treating children with feeding disorders since 1996.  She has been dedicated to developing a transdisciplinary treatment model (TR-eat®) that demonstrates effective outcomes across a variety of clinical settings.  She has multiple research publications, presentations and consultation contracts in the area of pediatric feeding therapy.

Dr. Clawson provides educational presentations, seminars and workshops both nationally and internationally.  "Mealtime Miseries" is a two-day training workshop offered in the United States and Canada throughout the year.  More information about locations for this course, as well as other speaking events and the TR-eat® model can be found on the Pediatric Feeding Institute web page .

Jenifer Powell, Ph.D.

Dr. Jenifer Powell is a pediatric psychologist who specializes in pediatric feeding disorders.  Along with Dr. Clawson, she co-leads the Center for Children’s Pediatric Feeding Program, which provides consultation, assessment, outpatient therapy, and intensive day treatment services to children with complex feeding problems.  The Pediatric Feeding Program provides treatment using Clawson and Elliot’s Transdisciplinary Effective Assessment and Treatment (TR-eat®) model, which includes integrated medical oversight, behavioral psychology, nutrition, speech, and occupational therapy.

Dr. Powell graduated with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the University of Minnesota’s Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science Program, a joint program in Child/Developmental Psychology and Clinical Psychology.  She completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship in Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology at the Mailman Center for Child Development/University of Miami School of Medicine. 

Dr. Powell completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at Columbus Children’s Hospital (now Nationwide Children’s Hospital), including concentrations during her second year in pediatric feeding therapy, pediatric oncology, pediatric rehabilitation, and pediatric cardiology.  Prior to joining the Pediatric Feeding Program, Dr. Powell worked as a Pediatric Psychologist at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, NC, specializing in working with children with acute and chronic medical conditions, including children with feeding problems. 

James Schroeder, Ph.D., HSPP

Dr. Schroeder is a child psychologist who specializes in services for children and young adolescents.  He treats children with developmental, social, learning, mood, attention, anxiety and behavior problems.

Dr. Schroeder is originally from Evansville and received his undergraduate degree in psychology at Ball State University.  He graduated with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Saint Louis University after completing his internship at Kosair Children's Hospital through the University of Louisville, School of Medicine. 

He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at St. Louis Children's Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine.  He then took a full-time position at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center where he was an adjunct professor at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.  Dr. Schroeder also had a role as the psychologist in the Pediatric Sleep Center and served as a consultant with the Missouri Autism Centers of Excellence (MO-ACE) before joining St. Mary's Center for Children.

Dr. Schroeder writes a monthly column entitled Just Thinking which is designed to address issues that are important for parents and professionals working with youth.  

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