Behavioral Health

Cleveland Clinic Children’s offers an array of specialized psychological services for children, adolescents and their families. Consultation may be helpful for children who are having difficulty adjusting to hospitalization or illness, or where psychological, behavioral, or emotional factors may play a part in a child’s illness or actions. Our behavioral specialists practice at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation and at convenient community locations.

Consultation, evaluation, and treatment services are provided for children and adolescents who are experiencing difficulties related to:

Pediatric patients benefit from our multidisciplinary approach, where pediatric psychologists often consult other pediatric specialty clinics and departments, such as:

The Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health at Cleveland Clinic Children's provides care and support to children and families facing behavioral obstacles that impair everyday functioning. Our services include:

ADHD Center for Evaluation and Treatment (ACET)

ADHD Center for Evaluation and Treatment (ACET) is a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment service that informs children and adults about the presence of symptom criteria for ADHD.

Anxiety Clinic

The Child Anxiety Clinic provides comprehensive assessment, evaluation and treatment of childhood anxiety disorders. Utilizing standardized assessment measures and proven strategies for building coping tools in children and adolescents, the program helps families learn ways to de-escalate anxiety, reduce power struggles and gain more control over anxiety symptoms.

For more information about the Child Anxiety Clinic, or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Amy Lee at 440.835.1445 (for west side services) or Dr. Kristen Eastman at 330.888.4000 (for east side services).

Center for Autism

A variety of psychological services are offered through the Center for Autism, including diagnostics, follow-up care evaluations, parent therapy groups, social skills treatment and physician training.

Behavioral Health Specialty Assessment and Consultation Service

The Behavioral Health Specialty Assessment & Consultation at Cleveland Clinic Children's provide psychological consultation services to children who are hospitalized for a wide range of acute and chronic illnesses.

Behavioral Treatment for Headache

Behavioral treatment for headache teaches children cognitive and behavioral strategies (i.e., “changing the way you think and act”) that can successfully minimize the pain and distress associated with headaches.

Fit Youth Family Weight Management Program

The Fit Youth program is a family group-based weight management program for very heavy children and teens between the ages of 7 and 16. Participants in the program meet weekly for 12 weeks. Please call 216.986.4128 for more information.

Get Along Gang

The Get-Along Gang is a social skills group designed for children and teens on the autism spectrum (Asperger's Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-NOS, High Functioning Autism).

Sessions are typically 8 weeks on Thursdays from 4-5:30 p.m. Sessions include didactic and experiential components with the focus on enabling group members to create age-appropriate skills in the areas of theory of mind, social interaction, self-regulation, coping and self-advocacy; as well as to develop a base of support and friendship within the group.

Please call 440.516.8693 for more information.

Habit Reversal Training

Habit Reversal Training is cognitive behavioral treatment combining psychoeducation about tic disorders with multiple components of behavior therapy, including habit reversal training, relaxation training, and function-based interventions designed for children age 9 and up. The goal of HRT is to teach effective tic management skills, and relies on the child's involvement and effort, as well as significant family support. For more information contact us at 216.444.5521.

Learning Evaluation Clinic

The Learning Evaluation Clinic provides psychoeducational assessments and consultation for children with learning and developmental concerns. Concerns may include academic underachievement, giftedness placement, difficulties with a specific academic subject of skill, or general concerns with his or her ability to understand or process information.

After the evaluation, the Learning Evaluation Clinic provides recommendations to enhance the child’s learning potential. The clinic services children aged 5 through 18, although referrals outside this age range are considered on a case by case basis.

For more information contact us at the Independence Campus (216.986.4000) or the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation (216.445.7574).

Pediatric Behavioral Health Specialty Assessment & Consultation Service

We offer extensive diagnostic evaluation, psychological testing/assessment, and treatment planning for children with complex developmental, genetic, medical, behavioral, learning, and/or psychological disorders; with specialty focus on those with complex autism spectrum disorders, issues of differential diagnosis, multi-system involvement, genetic and/or metabolic disorders, disorders of sex differentiation or gender identity.

Services include consultation with families and professionals regarding decision-making regarding treatment options or for second opinion assessments regarding diagnosis.

Please call 440.516.8690 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program

The Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program is an interdisciplinary program established for the evaluation and treatment of young children (age 0-11 years) with a variety of presenting feeding problems.

The Feeding Program integrates the perspectives of Psychology, Developmental Pediatrics, Occupational Therapy and Clinical Nutrition to comprehensively address feeding difficulties including:

  • Poor growth/growth faltering
  • Dependence on supplemental tube feedings
  • Aversive feeding behavior
  • Inability to advance texture in the diet; and/or significant food selectivity

The Feeding Team clinicians provide interventions designed to treat severe avoidant and/or aversive feeding behavior as well as oral motor and oral sensory skill deficits. In addition, significant parent guidance and support is also offered as key component of the Program.

For more information or to schedule an evaluation, contact us at 216.448.6024.

Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program

The Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program is a unique and innovative program designed for children and adolescents with chronic pain that interferes with normal activities (e.g., attending school or interacting with peers).

Our program focuses on helping children manage their chronic pain and restoring daily activity. It consists of inpatient and day hospital components and blends pediatric subspecialty care, behavioral health, and rehabilitation therapies in an individualized but coordinated manner.

For more information, contact us at 216.448.6253.

Psychological Services for Children with Chronic Medical Conditions

Psychological services are provided to children with chronic medical conditions to assist patients and families in coping with medical symptoms, new diagnoses, surgical evaluations, anticipatory grief and bereavement, as well as general child/family functioning.

These services are provided both inpatient and outpatient to all pediatric medical subspecialties on main campus.

Please call 216.445.2450 for more information.

School Consultation & Program Development for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

This school-based service offers direct consultation regarding the specific needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, including program development and teacher in-services.

For more information, call 440.519.3019.

Selective Mutism Program

The Selective Mutism Program offers diagnostic, assessment, treatment and consultation services for children who struggle with communication at school and/or select social settings. These comprehensive evaluations help to differentiate selective mutism from other disorders, to develop an intervention plan for home/school, and to provide consultation with a child's school team and other specialty service providers for optimum collaboration of care.

As a convenience to families who travel from a distance, the program offers a unique full-day assessment model where diagnostic interview, testing/assessment and comprehensive intervention planning can be completed by day's end.

For more information about the Selective Mutism Program, contact Dr. Kristen Eastman at 330.888.4000.

Sibling Outreach Program

The Sibling Outreach Program is a multidisciplinary program designed to meet the educational, psychological, and recreational needs of healthy siblings of pediatric oncology patients and transplant patients.

The Sibling Outreach Program works with siblings and families to assist them in coping with having a family member with pediatric cancer. In addition to developmentally appropriate activities throughout the year, we also provide a free half-day conference each year to provide educational and psychological support to healthy siblings and their families.

Trichotillomania Clinic

Trichotillomania is a neurobiological disorder that results in hair-pulling from the scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, or other parts of the body. It affects 2-3% of the population, yet families often have difficulty finding health professionals with expertise in treating the condition. Without treatment, "Trich" tends to be a chronic condition that waxes and wanes throughout life.

The Trichotillomania Clinic is for the evaluation and treatment of hair-pulling and other body-focused repetitive behaviors in children, adolescents, and adults. The goals of the program include assisting patients with increased understanding of the disorder and of their unique pattern of pulling, identifying a wide variety of interventions that can be successfully utilized to gain control over the pulling, and identifying and addressing any co-morbid mental health conditions.

Please call 440.519.3019 for more information.

Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD)

The Vocal Cord Dysfunction program is designed to provide cognitive behavioral interventions for children and adolescents diagnosed with vocal cord dysfunction. Evaluation and treatment focus on providing an evidence-based biobehavioral treatment protocol. This protocol combines psychoeducation regarding VCD, cognitive behavioral interventions involving self regulation skills, cognitive techniques, at home practice, and in vivo rehearsal/implementation of these skills while engaged in physical activities.

Please call 216.445.2450 to schedule an appointment.

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Gerard Banez, PhD

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Banez, Gerard, PhD

Location(s): Childrens Hospital for Rehabilitation

Department: Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health

Specialties: Abdominal Pain, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Functional Impairment, Headaches, Children, Clinical Behavioral Pediatrics, Pain Rehabilitation more

Type of Doctor: Children & Adolescents Only

Surgeon: No

Education: Harvard Medical School - Boston Children's Hospital

Ethan Benore, PhD

Ethan Benore, PhD

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Benore, Ethan, PhD

Location(s): Childrens Hospital for Rehabilitation

Department: Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health

Specialties: Pediatric Neuroscience, Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health

Type of Doctor: Children & Adolescents Only

Surgeon: No

Education: Cleveland Clinic

Cara Cuddy, PhD

Cara Cuddy, PhD

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Cuddy, Cara, PhD

Location(s): Childrens Hospital for Rehabilitation

Department: Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health

Specialties: Behavioral Issues in Early Childhood, Pediatric Feeding Disorders, Behavioral Intervention for Issues in Early Childhood, Clinical Behavioral Pediatrics, Contracted Early Childhood Consultation to Preschool Programs, Early Childhood Mental Health, Parent Guidance and Training more

Type of Doctor: Children & Adolescents Only

Surgeon: No

Education: University Hospitals of Cleveland

Wendy Cunningham, PsyD

Wendy Cunningham, PsyD

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Cunningham, Wendy, PsyD

Location(s): Strongsville Family Health Center

Department: Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health

Specialties: Adjustment Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, Anxiety Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Behavior Disorders, Depression, Emotional Difficulties in Young Children more

Type of Doctor: Children & Adolescents Only

Surgeon: No

Education: Linden Oaks Hospital at Edward

Kristen Eastman, PsyD

Kristen Eastman, PsyD

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Eastman, Kristen, PsyD

Location(s): Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center

Department: Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health

Specialties: Anxiety Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Depression, Marital & Parenting Issues, Selective Mutism, Behavioral Health Services For Children & Adolescent, Clinical Behavioral Pediatrics more

Type of Doctor: Children & Adolescents Only

Surgeon: No

Education: California School of Professional Psychology



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