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Behavioral Health Program Director + Pediatric Psychologist

Jane Uchison, PsyD

Office Location(s):
Bridgeport

Licensure: Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners
Education: PsyD – Antioch University New England, Keene, NH
Externships: Brown University, Women and Infants Hospital, Providence, RI & Spurwink Forensic Child Abuse Program, Portland, ME
Internship: La Rabida Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL
Residency: Children’s Program, Portland, OR
Professional Affiliations: American Psychological Association & Oregon Psychological Association

Care Philosophy

I use research, past experience, observation, and collaboration to provide informed and compassionate treatment."

– Jane Uchison, PsyD

Biography

Dr. Uchison has been working with children, adolescents and parents for over 25 years. As an undergraduate, Dr. Uchison developed a profound interest in the ways in which early childhood experiences impact the developing brain. This led her to pursue training opportunities and employment working with children in high-risk social situations. One of her favorite internships was with Parents Anonymous, a program that does phenomenal work supporting parents under stress as a way of preventing child maltreatment.

Graduate school further fueled Dr. Uchison’s passion for understanding the human brain and exploring ways to prevent and/or ameliorate negative effects of early trauma. Her graduate training led her to Brown University’s Women and Infants Hospital in Rhode Island, where she learned to conduct neurodevelopmental screening tests on drug-exposed infants in the NICU. From there, she moved to Portland, Maine, where she worked with and evaluated children and adults as part of a forensic child abuse team.

A year spent at a children’s hospital in Chicago convinced Dr. Uchison of the merits of an integrated healthcare system. In that unique hospital setting, it was the norm for multiple providers to function as part of a child’s medical team, which included roles ranging from pediatricians and endocrinologists to behavioral health providers, child trauma specialists and physical and occupational therapists. Families were able to access comprehensive care for their children in one setting, often seeing several providers on the same day as a way to improve care and decrease barriers for families facing extreme challenges.

Dr. Uchison eventually reestablished roots in her native state of Oregon, where she completed her residency and continued her clinical work with children. She initially had difficulties finding opportunities to practice psychology in a healthcare system, but this calling was accommodated when she ran across a job announcement for a psychologist at Metropolitan Pediatrics. It was nearly nine years ago that Dr. Uchison accepted and started in the role of our organization’s first behavioral health provider. It did not take long for the existing medical providers to recognize the profound benefits of integrating behavioral health specialists into the medical team.

Dr. Uchison now proudly serves as the Program Director for a progressive and energetic team of Behavioral Health Clinicians at Metropolitan Pediatrics. She draws on the richness of her training and life experiences to inform her practice and leadership. Dr. Uchison believes that professional growth should be ongoing, and that every child has something to teach us if we take the time to watch and listen. She feels fortunate to be living her professional dream of being part of an organization that helps to promote both physical and emotional well-being in children.

When not at work, Dr. Uchison can be found building pillow forts and ziplines in the basement with her family and being a witness to the wonders of her own son’s brain development.

Testimonials

"All of the staff here are absolutely amazing!! Dr.Barsotti was my pediatrician and I am proud to call him my children's pediatrician! My kids also work with Dr.Uchison and she has made a huge impact on my family's life! And Julia my son's care coordinator is an angel and always comes thru for us!! So if you're looking for the package deal for you're child this is it!!!"

– Mary C.
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