Carrie Piazza-Waggoner, Ph.D.
Dr. Carrie Piazza-Waggoner is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in pediatric and health psychology. During her 13 years at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology (BMCP), she provided psychological care on the medical inpatient consultation and liaison service. From 2013-2016, Dr. Piazza-Waggoner was the Director of this inpatient CL service.
Dr. Piazza-Waggoner provided evaluation and treatment to patients and their families when children were admitted to medical units for a variety of acute and chronic illnesses. Working with the families as well as their medical teams, she specialized in many areas including coping with a new diagnosis, coping with a chronic illness, improving adherence to medical regimen, pain management, anxiety, depression, psychological and medical trauma, and parent support/grief. Dr. Piazza-Waggoner has worked closely with patients with a wide range of medical needs and diagnoses; collaborating with most medical divisions in the hospital (e.g., cardiology, pulmonary, neurology, NICU/fetal care, and GI). Dr. Piazza-Waggoner now enjoys providing these services to the community in an outpatient setting.
As an Associate Professor academically affiliated with the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Piazza-Waggoner actively conducted research and training. She has published and presented nationally on her research in family functioning in families who have a child or children with chronic illnesses. From 2012-2014, Dr. Piazza-Waggoner was the training director for the hospital’s nationally renowned O’Grady Residency in Psychology.
Dr. Piazza-Waggoner graduated from Denison University with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Biology. She went on to complete her graduate work at West Virginia University where she earned her Master’s Degree in Child Clinical Psychology and her Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Health Psychology. She completed her internship/residency as well as a 2 year fellowship at CCHMC in the Division of BMCP prior to joining the faculty in 2006.
Dr. Piazza-Waggoner is a member of American Psychological Association, Division 54 Society of Pediatric Psychology, and Ohio Psychological Association. She is on the Alumni Board of Advisors for Denison University. She grew up in the Cincinnati area and currently lives in Montgomery, Ohio with her husband, Jason, and their two sons, Brenden and Ethan.