Emily Wakefield, PsyD

Pediatric Psychologist & Clinical Investigator, Pain and Palliative Medicine, Connecticut Children's Medical Center/Institute of Living (Affiliate)

Research Overview

I am a Pediatric Psychologist working within the Division of Pain and Palliative Medicine at CT Children’s Medical Center. My research interests broadly are psychometric measurement validation, psychosocial aspects of pediatric chronic health conditions, and contributors of health disparities. Specifically, I have collaborated in the development and validation of functional ability measures among youth with sickle cell disease (SCD).

I developed interests in understanding barriers to healthcare utilization for youth with SCD and their families. My current research endeavors was inspired by my experiences interacting with youth with SCD and their families who have described barriers to education and treatment adherence. I am dedicated to understanding how perceived racism and stigma may impact health outcomes, such as pain symptoms, psychological distress and quality of life, as well as act as a barrier to medical treatment among adolescents with SCD. Given the lack of available validated measures to evaluate stigma and racism within SCD, I am currently working on providing face validity for a health-related stigma questionnaire for youth with SCD. I plan to continue my work in racism and stigma with the goal of increasing measurement availability and our understanding of its impact on physical and psychological wellness within this population.


2007, BA in Psychology, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY
2009, MS in Psychology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
2014, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Hartford, CT

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressThe Institute of Living
100 Retreat Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106