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Randi Streisand, PhD

Division Chief, Psychology and Behavioral Health


Randi Streisand, Ph.D., is a clinical and pediatric psychologist and certified diabetes educator. She is Chief of Psychology and Behavioral Health, Director of Psychosocial Research and Service for the Diabetes Team and Vice Chair of the Institutional Review Board at Children's National. She is also Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine. She provides and supervises psychosocial services for children and families across a variety of pediatric populations including diabetes, craniofacial syndromes and urological disorders. She strives to help families adjust to living with a medical condition, and to manage the illness or regimen while at the same time promoting the child’s emotional well-being. Streisand is an active clinical researcher and runs projects funded by NIH on managing type 1 diabetes in children and adolescents. She has multiple publications in the area of child health, and specifically related to childhood diabetes.

Streisand serves on several grant review committees both internally through Children’s National as well as for several organizations including NIH and the American Diabetes Association. Further, she serves on the editorial boards for several journals including Health Psychology, the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, and Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, and is an active participant in the training of psychology and medical students as well as interns, fellows and junior faculty members.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • PhD, 1998
    University of Florida
  • Internship Program
    Rhode Island Hospital


Randi Streisand, Ph.D., appointed Chief of Psychology and Behavioral Health

Children’s National Health System today announced that Randi Streisand, Ph.D., will become the chief of Psychology and Behavioral Health.  Dr. Streisand, a respected expert in the field, has served as the interim chief of Children’s Psychology and Behavioral Health since November 2017.

Karen Fratantoni

Depression among parents of newborns can persist 6 months after NICU discharge

Young parents who have less education and care for more than one child are more likely to have persistent symptoms of depression that linger six months after their newborn is discharged from the neonatal intensive care unit, according to a Children’s National Health System research presentation during the Pediatric Academic Societies 2018 annual meeting.

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Applying a Behavioral Epidemiology Framework to Research Phases in Child Health Psychology Toward Promoting Better Health and Preventing Disease

(2006) Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings

Child Health Assessment

(1999) A Handbook of Measurement Techniques

Evaluating the Pediatric Transplant Patient General Considerations

(2001) Biopsychosocial Perspectives on Transplantation

General and Illness Specific Adjustment

(1999) A Handbook of Measurement Techniques

Group Behavioral Treatment of Retentive Encopresis

(1999) Short-Term Psychotherapy Groups for Children: Adapting Group Processes for Specific Problems

Hope More Worry Less Hope as a Potential Resilience Factor in Parents of Very Young Children with Type 1 Diabetes

(0001) Children’s Health Care

Parenting Chronically Ill Children the Scope and Impact of Pediatric Parenting Stress

(0001) Handbook of Parenting: Theory and research for practice

Pediatric Sleep Disorders

(2003) Handbook of Pediatric Psychology

Predictors of Youth Diabetes Care Behaviors and Metabolic Control A Structural Equation Modeling Approach

(2006) Journal of Pediatric Psychology

Stress and Coping

(1999) A Handbook of Measurement Techniques

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