Jaclyn L. Papadakis, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist, The Pritzker Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine



Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Lincoln Park

2515 N. Clark Street/467 W. Deming Place
Chicago, Illinois 60614-3393

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Dr. Papadakis is a pediatric psychologist in the Pritzker Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Lurie Children’s and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She specializes in treating mood, anxiety, behavioral, and adjustment disorders using evidence-based individual, family, and group psychotherapeutic approaches for youth with chronic health conditions. She works primarily with youth with spina bifida as part of the Spina Bifida Center, and youth with differences of sex development (DSD) as part of the Sex Development Program. She is also an attending psychologist on the Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Consultation Service.


Education & Training

Education: PhD in Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2018; MA in Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2015; BS in Psychology and Human Services, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2010

Postgraduate Training: Fellowship in pediatric psychology, Lurie Children's, Chicago, IL 2018-2019; Internship in pediatric and clinical child psychology, Lurie Children's, Chicago, IL 2017-2018

Board Certifications: Clinical psychologist

Professional Organizations: American Psychological Association, Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, Society of Pediatric Psychology, Society for Health Psychology, Society of Clinical Psychology, Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Center, Illinois Spina Bifida Association

Research & Publications


Papadakis, J. L., Shapiro, J. B., Evans, M. A., Feldman, M. A., Weil, L. E. G., Vesco, A. T., Thompson, L. G., Garza, K., & Weissberg-Benchell, J. (2021). Psychometric properties of the Diabetes Skills Checklist for adolescents with type 1 diabetes and their parents. Pediatric Diabetes. Advance online publication: https://doi.org/10.1111/pedi.13241  

Papadakis, J. L., & Holmbeck, G. N. (2021). Sociodemographic factors and health-related, neuropsychological, and psychosocial functioning in youth with spina bifida. Rehabilitation Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/rep0000381 

Papadakis, J. L., Poquiz, J. L., Buchanan, C. L., Chan, Y., Crerand, C. E., Hansen-Moore, J., Kapa, H. M., Nahata, L., Pratt, K. J., Tishelman, A. C., & Chen, D. (2020). Fertility discussions: Perspectives of adolescents and young adults with differences of sex development. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/cpp0000373 

Vesco, A. T., Howard, K. R., Anderson, L. M., Papadakis, J. L., Hood, K. K., & Weissberg-Benchell, J. (2021). Examining the indirect effects of anxiety on A1c via automatic negative thinking and diabetes-specific distress in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 45, 473–480. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2021.05.002

Papadakis, J. L., Anderson, L. M., Garza, K., Feldman, M. A., Shapiro, J. B., Evan, M. A., Thompson, L. G., & Weissberg-Benchell, J. (2021). Psychosocial aspects of diabetes technology use: The child and family perspective. Endocrinology Metabolism Clinics of North America.  49(1), 127–141. doi: 10.1016/j.ecl.2019.10.004

Anderson, L. M., Papadakis, J. L., Vesco, A. T., Shapiro, J. B., Feldman, M. A., Evans, M. A., & Weissberg-Benchell, J. (2021). Patient-reported and parent proxy-reported outcomes assessment in pediatric medical specialty clinical settings: A systematic review of implementation. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 45(3), 247–265. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsz082 

Santiago, C. D., Ros, A., Distel, L., Papadakis, J. L., Torres, S., Brewer, S., Fuller, A., & Bustos, Y. (2019). Family coping among Mexican-origin immigrants: Links to child mental health. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 29, 182–194. doi: 10.1007/s10826-019-01602-6

Ohanian, D., Stiles-Shields, C., Afzal, K., Driscoll, C. F. B, Papadakis, J. L., Stern, A., Starnes, M., & Holmbeck, G. (2018). Cultural considerations for autonomy and medical adherence in a young Palestinian-American Muslim female with spina bifida: A longitudinal case study in a research context. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 6(4), 386–397. doi: 10.1037/cpp0000250

Iskander, J. M., Chambers, C., Dudeney, J., Papadakis, J. L., Simons, L., Valenzuela, J., Ward, W., & Mackey, E. (2018). Evaluation of training initiatives to support students in pediatric psychology. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 6(4), 313–322. doi: 10.1037/cpp0000247

Santiago, C. D., Distel, L. M. L., Ros, A. M., Brewer, S. K., Torres, S. A., Papadakis, J. L., Fuller, A. K., & Bustos, Y. (2018). Mental health among Mexican-origin immigrant families: The roles of cumulative sociodemographic risk and immigrant-related stress. Race and Social Problems, 10(3), 235–247. doi: 10.1007/s12552-018-9236-2

Lawson, N., Papadakis, J. L., Holmbeck, G. N. (2018). Socioeconomic status and parental perceived social support in relation to health-related quality of life in youth with spina bifida. Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology at UCLA, 5, 40–53.

Papadakis, J. L., Acevedo, L., Ramirez, S., Stern, A., Driscoll, C. F. B., & Holmbeck, G. N. (2018). Psychosocial and family functioning among Latino youth with spina bifida. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 43(2), 105–119. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsx096. Third Place Winner of the 2018 Illinois Spina Bifida Association Professional Advisory Council Research Award. Featured in the Student Journal Club of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Featured in the Author Interview Series of the Diversity Special Interest Group of the Society of Pediatric Psychology.

Driscoll, C. F. B., Ohanian, D., Papadakis, J. L., Stern, A., Zabel, T. A., Zebracki, K., & Holmbeck, G. N. (2018). Spina bifida myelomeningocele. In J. Donders & S. J. Hunter (Eds.), Neuropsychological conditions across the lifespan (pp. 24–44). New York, NY: Cambridge.

Papadakis, J. L., Fuller, A. K., Brewer, S. K., Silton, R. L., & Santiago, C. D. (2018). A daily diary study of executive functions, coping, and mood among low-income Latino adolescents. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 38(6), 824–848. doi: 10.1177/0272431617699946

Holmbeck, G. N., Zebracki, K., Papadakis, J. L., & Driscoll, C. F. B. (2017). Spina bifida. In M. C. Roberts & R. G. Steele (Eds.), Handbook of pediatric psychology (5th ed.; pp.312–322). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Santiago, C. D., Brewer, S. K., Fuller, A. K., Torres, S., Papadakis, J. L., & Ros, A. M. (2017). Stress, coping, and mood among low-income Latino adolescents: A daily diary study. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 27(3), 566–580. doi: 10.1111/jora.12294

Holbein, T., Zebracki, K., Bechtel, C., Papadakis, J., Bruno, E., & Holmbeck, G. (2017). Milestone achievement in emerging adulthood: A longitudinal investigation of parental expectations in a sample of young people with spina bifida. Developmental Medicine Child Neurology, 59(3)311–316. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.13279

Papadakis, J. L., Zebracki, K., Chlan, K. M., & Vogel, L. C. (2017). Sexuality in pediatric spinal cord injury. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, 23(1), 42–48. doi: 10.1310/sci2301-42

Santiago, C. D., Torres, S., Brewer, S. K., Fuller, A. K., & Lennon, J. M. (2016). The impact of cultural factors on daily coping and involuntary responses to stress among low-income Latino adolescents. Journal of Community Psychology, 44(7), 872–887. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21814

Lennon, J. M., Psihogios, A. M., Murray, C. B., Holbein, C. E., & Holmbeck, G. N. (2016). Promoting resilience during the transition to adolescence for chronically ill children and their families. In M. Ferrari & C. DeMichelis (Eds.), Child and adolescent resilience within medical contexts (pp. 51–75). New York, NY: Springer.

Santiago, C. D., Fuller, A., Lennon, J. M., & Kataoka, S. H. (2016). Parent perspectives from participating in a family component for CBITS: Acceptability of a school-based program.Psychological Trauma: Research, Practice, Policy, 8(3), 325–333doi: 10.1037/tra0000076

Lennon, J. M., Murray, C. B., Bechtel, C. F., & Holmbeck, G. N. (2015). Resilience and disruption in observed family interactions in youth with and without spina bifida: An eight year, five wave longitudinal study. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40(9), 943–955doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsv033. Winner of the 2015 Diane Willis Award for Outstanding Article in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Winner of the2015 Illinois Spina Bifida Association Professional Advisory Council Research Award.

Lennon, J. M., Klages, K. L., Amaro, C. M., Murray, C. B., & Holmbeck, G. N. (2015). Longitudinal study of neuropsychological functioning and internalizing symptoms in youth with spina bifida: Social competence as a mediator. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40(3), 336–348doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsu075. Winner of the 2014 Society of Pediatric Psychology Student Research Award.

Holbein, C. E., Lennon, J. M., Kolbuck, V. D., Zebracki, K., Roache, C., & Holmbeck, G. N. (2015). Observed differences in social behaviors exhibited in peer interactions between youth with spina bifida and their peers: Neuropsychological correlates. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40(3), 320–335. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsu101

Santiago, C. D., Lennon, J. M., Fuller, A. K., & Brewer, S. K. (2014). Examining the impact of a family treatment component for CBITS: When and for whom is it helpful? Journal of Family Psychology, 28(4), 560–570. doi: 10.1037/a0037329

Li-Grining, C. P., Raver, C. C., Jones-Lewis, D., Madison-Boyd, S., & Lennon, J. (2014). Targeting classrooms' emotional climate and preschoolers' socioemotional adjustment: Implementation of the Chicago School Readiness Project. Journal of Prevention Intervention in the Community, 42(4), 264–281. doi: 10.1080/10852352.2014.943639

Murray, C. B., Lennon, J. M., Devine, K. A, Holmbeck, G. N., Klages, K., & Potthoff, L. (2014). The influence of social adjustment on normative and risky health behaviors in emerging adults with spina bifida. Health Psychology, 33(10), 1153–1163. doi: 10.1037/hea0000050

Li-Grining, C. P., Lennon, J. M., Marcus, M., Flores, V., & Haas, K. (2013). The development of self-regulatory skills and school readiness. In M. Boivin & K. Bierman (Eds.), Promoting school readiness and early learning: The implications of developmental research for practice (pp. 211–230). New York, NY: Guilford.

Wasserman, R. M., Holmbeck, G. N., Lennon, J. M., & Amaro, C. M. (2012). A longitudinal assessment of early pubertal timing as a predictor of psychosocial changes in adolescent girls with and without spina bifida. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 37(7), 755–768. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsr121