Integrated Mental Health

A new service for Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic sickle cell families

The Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC) hematology team recognizes that many sickle cell families struggle to attend the various medical appointments necessary to manage their health. Families have indicated that adding additional visits for mental health – though critically needed – is just not feasible. This is despite the current evidence that indicates early mental health intervention and preventative care is essential for optimal health and higher quality of life for children and families coping with a chronic illness like sickle cell disease (SCD).

 

Given these facts, the hematology team at the OBCC is implementing a new model of care to better meet the needs of their sickle cell families. Under this model, OBCC SCD families and patients will be able to access mental health services and receive support during their regularly-scheduled medical appointments!

 

Dr. Stacey Haynes, a pediatric psychologist with advanced training and experience in SCD, has been integrated into the OBCC hematology medical team. She will likely be introducing herself at your next clinic visit, and looks forward to being an advocate and collaborative partner for your child and family – and to help ensure the best possible health outcomes. She will be available for any questions and to provide support during medical appointments in the clinic.

 

Dr. Haynes has extensive experience addressing sleep concerns, needle phobia, pain, and behavior problems specifically for children and adolescents with SCD. Additionally, she has expertise with stress, trauma, anxiety, depression, readiness assessments for bone marrow transplant, and medical burnout.

 

Meet Dr. Haynes

 

Dr. Haynes has dedicated her career to addressing the factors that contribute to health disparities in minority and underserved populations. She has worked extensively with children and families, focusing both on behavioral and health concerns that impact chronic illness and the culturally-sensitive application of evidence-based practices in pediatric psychology.

 

Dr. Haynes holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Jackson State University, a historically black university. Her studies at Jackson State focused heavily on multiculturalism and culturally-appropriate approaches to psychology.

 

Dr. Haynes completed her residency at Texas Children’s Hospital through the Baylor College of Medicine, where she focused on neurocognitive assessment of children with SCD. She later worked with the bone marrow transplant team at the Children’s National Medical Center to develop assessments that indicate transplant readiness for sibling donors.

 

Dr. Haynes relocated to Seattle in 2015 and was immediately drawn to the mission and history of the OBCC. She is looking forward to continuing to develop innovative strategies to support SCD families and improve health outcomes at OBCC. She is excited and eager to hear from families how she can be most helpful!