ReviewThe Role of Psychology in the Care of Children With PancreatitisRich, Kristin Loiselle PhD∗,†; Abu-El-Haija, Maisam MD∗,‡; Nathan, Jaimie D. MD§,∥; Lynch-Jordan, Anne PhD∗,†Author Information From the ∗Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati Divisions of †Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology ‡Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Cincinnati Children's, Hospital Medical Center §Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati ∥Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical, Center, Cincinnati, OH. Received for publication December 26, 2019; accepted May 20, 2020. Address correspondence to: Kristin Loiselle Rich, PhD, 3333 Burnet Ave, MLC 3015, Cincinnati, OH 45229 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). M.A.-E.-H. has received support from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (1K23DK118190-01). The rest of the authors declare no conflict of interest. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official view of the National Institutes of Health. Pancreas: August 2020 - Volume 49 - Issue 7 - p 887-890 doi: 10.1097/MPA.0000000000001598 Buy Metrics Abstract Children with acute recurrent and chronic pancreatitis experience severe abdominal pain that may be intermittent or chronic. Pain is often debilitating, causing interference with academic, social, family, and extracurricular activities that are important to youth. Disruption of these routines and the unpredictability of pain flares place children with pancreatitis at increased risk for development of anxious or depressive symptoms. Pediatric psychologists trained in cognitive-behavioral treatment are well suited to intervene on functional disability and mood disturbance, as well as teach coping skills. In an era where there is movement away from opioids, nonpharmacological strategies have an important place for pain management. In fact, positive outcomes following for children with other recurrent abdominal pain syndromes have been reported for this evidence-based intervention. In addition to pain management, pediatric psychologists can address other co-occurring behavioral and emotional problems in children with pancreatitis, such as needle phobia and poor adherence to the prescribed medical regimen. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.