Mariella Self, Ph.D.
Psychiatry & Psychology Service
Texas Children’s Hospital
6621 Fannin St. CC 1740.01
Houston, TX 77030
Texas A&M University (Ph.D.)
Baylor College of Medicine (pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship)
Clinical and Research Interests:
Dr. Self’s primary clinical interests include adaptation to pediatric chronic illness, improving adherence to pediatric medical regimens, and non-pharmacological pain management. Her research interests include assessment and improvement of symptom perception in pediatric asthma and diabetes, the relationship of perceptual accuracy to self-management behavior in those illnesses, and assessment of pediatric health-related quality of life in a variety of pediatric health conditions. She is currently collaborating on a grant-funded study evaluating the impact of family, psychological, and physiological factors on the experience of recurrent abdominal pain.
Academic Background and Distinctions:
Mariella M. Self is currently an assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. She has been a member of the Baylor Faculty since 2006. Her clinical time is spent as a pediatric psychologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, where she provides outpatient psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, and families, conducts inpatient consultations for medically hospitalized children/adolescents, engages in liaison development with subspecialty services, and participates in multidisciplinary clinics (e.g., Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes; Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis). Dr. Self completed her undergraduate education at University of North Texas, receiving a B.S. degree in Psychology magna cum laude. She received her graduate education in the Clinical Psychology program at Texas A&M University and completed her pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship at in the pediatric psychology track at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital. She also completed her post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital.