Cebuana psychologist attends international pediatric conference

Dr. Angie with cancer-stricken children.

Dr. Angie with cancer-stricken children.

Dr. Angie Sievert-Fernandez, PhD, CCLS, a Manila based psychologist, will attend the 46th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) that will take place on October 22-25 in Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Angie’s abstract, “Addressing The Psychosocial Needs Of The Hospitalized Child: The Role Of The Kythe Child Life Program”, was accepted for an e-poster presentation. The poster will be displayed electronically and will be available for viewing on e-Poster stations throughout the congress.

The abstract is based on a study Dr. Angie did with Nina Nerissa Sumpaico-Jose that seeks to determine and compare the levels of anxiety in children aged 5-12 years old, diagnosed with life-limiting illnesses and exposed to the Kythe Child Life Program (CLP) against those who have not been exposed to the Kythe CLP. Children’s drawings, specifically, the Child Drawing: Hospital (by Clatworthy et al., 1999), a validated and reliable tool used to provide a measure of the anxiety level of the child as expressed by the child himself was used in the study.

Kythe CLP is learning about what the child-patient thinks and feels while confined in the hospital and making sure that “the hospital is not only a place to heal, but also a place to learn, play and grow.”

Dr. Angie will join the group of Dr. Julius Lecciones, Medical Director of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center and Drs. Kathryne Pascual and Cecilia Leongson-Cruz. They are part of the program My Child Matters – Philippines (MCM), supported by the Sanofi Espoir Foundation that works to raise awareness on pediatric cancer and to educate nurses, doctors and allied medical professionals working with children with cancer and their families throughout the Philippines.

Dr. Angie finished her BS Psychology (cum laude) at the University of San Carlos in 1996. She completed her MAsters in Family Life and Child Development at UP Diliman in 2001 and earned her Ph.D. Counseling Psychology in De La Salle University in 2012. She is one of two Certified Child Life Specialists in the country and is practicing developmental psychologist at the Pain Clinic of St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City, Taguig.

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