Director, HOPE Behavioral Health, Neuropsychology and Education Service
Pediatric Psychologist; Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Clinician Educator), Keck School of Medicine of USC
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Dr. Kathleen Ingman is the Director of the HOPE Behavioral Health, Neuropsychology, and Education Service. Dr. Ingman holds an appointment as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California.   In these roles, Dr. Ingman provides vision, oversight, and leadership for all psychosocial support and health education clinical activities within the Survivorship and Supportive Care Program of the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases. 

Dr. Ingman graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2000 where she was awarded a Graduate Diversity Research and Mentoring Grant for her doctoral dissertation.  She joined CHLA in 2001 after completing a predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship in clinical child and pediatric psychology at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. 

Dr. Ingman’s specific areas of clinical and research interest include anxiety in children, coping with illness, medical trauma, end of life issues, and infant and early childhood mental health.  As a clinician in pediatric hematology and oncology, Dr. Ingman carries an active clinical caseload of patients with complex medical and psychological issues and provides integrated mental health interventions to patients, their parents, and siblings.  Dr. Ingman is a faculty member in the American Psychological Association accredited predoctoral psychology internship and postdoctoral psychology fellowship programs at CHLA, and is dedicated to her role as educator, clinical supervisor, and mentor to pediatric psychology interns and fellows.  As the lead CHLA investigator of an NIH-funded multi-site study, Dr. Ingman researches coping skills interventions for parents of children who are newly diagnosed with cancer. 

Under Dr. Ingman’s leadership the HOPE Behavioral Health, Neuropsychology and Education Service offers patients psychosocial support and education through the Psychology, Neuropsychology, School Transition and Re-entry (STAR), Teen and Family Support, and HOPE Resource Center components in the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  

Clinical Interests

Intervention with children, adolescents, and young adults with acute and chronic illness; anxiety and coping in children with medical illness; medical trauma    


Graduate School: 

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute


UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute


Professional Memberships: 

Society of Pediatric Psychology; Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology; Children’s Oncology Group


Bursch, B., Ingman, K. A., Vitti, L., Hyman, P., & Zeltzer, L. K.  Chronic Pain in individuals with previously undiagnosed autistic spectrum disorders.  Journal of Pain, 5: 290-295, 2004.

Ingman, K. A.  Helping Siblings in the Classroom.  In N. Keene (Ed.), Educating the Child with Cancer: A Guide for Parents And Teachers, 2nd Edition.  American Childhood Cancer Organization, 2011.

Research Interests: 

Anxiety and distress in children with acute and chronic medical conditions; Pain management in children and adolescents; End of life issues in children and adolescents

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