Sabrina Karczewski

I’m a pediatric psychologist by training and Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine. I received my undergraduate degree from Tufts University, and earned my Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Child Clinical Psychology at DePaul University, where I worked with youth and families coping with medical diagnoses. At the University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center, I designed research on parent and child adjustment to a type 1 diabetes diagnosis, and explored how this influences health over time. Then, I completed a clinical internship at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford & Children’s Health Council and a Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University.

I view children and families as the experts on themselves, and I partner with families to understand their unique goals and circumstances. I use knowledge of mental health and development to collaborate with families and find a plan that feels good for everyone! I focus on the whole child and consider their individual identity, family environment, school system, neighborhood, and culture.

In the Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes, I provide a range of services from mental health screenings, to brief, one-time consultations, to check-ins during your medical visits, to longer-term weekly therapy. I use evidence-based approaches to help families adjust to a new diagnosis or treatment plans, manage stress, improve quality of life and health behaviors, and follow medication regimens. Check out the Behavioral Health page for further information.