Kristin Niel, PhD, joined Children's Healthcare of Atlanta as a pediatric psychologist in 2022. After receiving her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Georgia, Dr. Niel earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Illinois Institute of Technology. She completed her predoctoral internship in pediatric psychology through the Mailman Center for Child Development at University of Miami Health Systems. Her passion for supporting patients and families with chronic and terminal health complications led Dr. Niel to complete a two-year postdoctoral clinical-research fellowship at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. During the fellowship, she worked with youth diagnosed with oncologic processes, sickle cell disease, and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Niel then spent her first three and half years as an early career psychologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as a member of their multidisciplinary inpatient consultation/liaison service, providing care for youth hospitalized with a myriad of medical illnesses.
Dr. Niel is delighted to return to Georgia to further her career and experience in the field of pediatric psychology as part of the Advanced Cardiac Therapies program. In her spare time, Dr. Niel enjoys knitting, consuming True Crime podcasts and documentaries, loving on her niece and nephews, and traveling with her partner.
Focus of Practice
- Pediatric psychology
- Advanced cardiac therapies
- Heart transplant
Areas of Interest
- Coping with medical illness
- Adherence to complex medical regimens
- Health disparities
- Culturally competent and anti-racist implementation of mental health care
- American Psychological Association
- Society of Pediatric Psychology
- Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
- The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
Research & Publications
Dr. Niel's primary research and clinical interests include bolstering youth and their family's capacity for coping with illness, adherence to complex medical regimens, resilience in the face of medical trauma, and pain management. In addition, Dr. Niel has a specific interest in contributing to the reduction of health disparities, providing culturally competent mental health care within the context of interdisciplinary medical teams, and working to highlight and dismantle the structures and systems that create and perpetuate health inequities.