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Secondary Specialty:

Clinical Psychology
Child Psychology


PhD, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Washington, DC BA, University of Maryland Medical Center Baltimore, MD


Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC



Diana A. Shellmer, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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Research Interests

  • Functional Outcomes in Pediatric Liver Transplantation
  • Adherence and psychosocial functioning in solid organ pediatric transplant patients and their families
  • Long-term adherence and psychosocial outcomes of solid organ pediatric transplant patients and their families
  • Long-term quality of life and psychosocial outcomes of children with metabolic abnormalities requiring transplantation
  • Interventions and strategies for increasing adherence to post-transplant medical regimens in pediatric solid organ transplant patients

View Dr. Shellmer's full list of publications from PubMed.

Biography Summary

Diana A. Shellmer, PhD, assistant professor of Pediatrics, is the attending pediatric psychologist for the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She came to Pittsburgh in August 2006, bringing a strong background in both research and clinical work with pediatric transplant populations.

Dr. Shellmer came from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where she completed her internship and fellowship work within the Adherence Program under the Division of Nephrology and the Department of Psychology. She earned her doctoral degree in psychology from the George Washington University in 2005. She completed a master's in Psychology at the George Washington University (2001), and completed her bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Maryland College Park (1995).

At Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Dr. Shellmer is developing the Behavioral Health Service for the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation serving children and families pre- and post-small bowel, liver, heart, and lung transplantation. Dr. Shellmer is also developing a line of research with these transplant populations. Her areas of expertise include adherence to medical regimen, adjustment and psychosocial functioning of transplant populations, and racial and ethnic differences in chronic illness pediatric populations.

Dr. Shellmer is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialization in pediatric psychology. Her professional memberships include the American Psychological Association, Society of Pediatric Psychology, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, and the International Pediatric Transplant Association. She was a student editor of the Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology Journal, and is and ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Family Psychology and the Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

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