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Lydia R. Barhight, PHD, MA

  • Psychology
Languages Spoken:
  • English

Lydia Barhight, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in pediatric psychology, addressing the psychological aspects of illness, injury and the promotion of health behaviors in children, adolescents and families in health settings.

Dr. Barhight completed extensive clinical training at several children's hospitals, including Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. Prior to joining the team at Shriners Children's, Barhight held staff positions at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Children's Hospital Colorado.

Dr. Barhight sees patients in the clinic setting at Shriners Children's Chicago, and she greatly enjoys working with the full multidisciplinary team to provide integrated, high-quality care. She is passionate about helping patients and families adjust to medical conditions and care, as well as promoting positive coping skills. Her research interests include peer relationships, social adjustment and bullying. She serves as co-chair of the Shriners Children's Clinical Ethics Committee and enjoys supervising advanced psychology practicum students.

Pediatric Care


  • Psychology

More About Me

Academic Positions and Locations

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Clinical Assistant Professor

Leadership and Memberships
  • 2021-Present: Co-Chair, Shriners Children's Chicago Clinical Ethics Committee
  • 2021-Present: Member, Craniofacial Special Interest Group, Society of Pediatric Psychology
  • 2020-Present: Member, Mental Health/Psychosocial Special Interest Group; American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
  • 2020-Present: Member, American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
  • 2019-Present: Member, American Psychological Association
  • 2013-Present: National Register of Health Service Psychologists
Editorial Positions
  • 2021-Present: Ad Hoc Reviewer, Topics in Spinal Cord Injury
  • 2021-Present: Ad Hoc Reviewer, The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal
  • 2012-Present: Ad Hoc Reviewer, Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology
Awards and Honors
  • 2013: National Register of Health Service Psychologists Early Career Credentialing Scholarship
  • 2011: Society for Research in Child Development Travel Award
  • 2010: Melissa Foundation Belfer-Aptman Dissertation Award
  • 2009: University of Delaware Psychology Department Dissertation Award
  • 2007, 2009, 2011: University of Delaware Professional Development Travel Award
  • 2005: Invited into Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society
Academic Works and Presentations
  • Presentation: Shriners Children's Chicago; Safety Assessment Annual Presentation to Psychology Externs (2019)
  • Presentation: Shriners Children's Chicago; Let’s Talk: Communication Styles in Healthcare (1/2020)
  • Presentation: Children's Hospital Colorado; Somatic Symptoms: A Treatment Skills Workshop (5/2017)
  • Presentation: Children's Hospital Colorado; Rehabilitation Skills Lab: Traumatic Brain Injury, Memory, and Behavior (5/2017)
  • Presentation: Children's Hospital Colorado; Expert Education For Nursing: The Role of The Psychosocial Team (2/2017)
  • Presentation: Children's Hospital Colorado; Promoting Mindful Interactions in Patient Care (9/2016)


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