The Beaumont Children’s Hospital Center for Human Development is a comprehensive program for the diagnosis and treatment of learning, behavioral and developmental disorders. Jessica Hauser, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, is the newest member of the team.
As a native of southeast Michigan, Dr. Hauser had been looking for an opportunity to come back to this area after eight years in Ohio and a year in Western Pennsylvania. The majority of her family and friends are within an hour to two-hour drive of Metro Detroit, and she’ll become an aunt for the first time this August!
What drew you to Beaumont and the Center for Human Development?
On a professional level, I was certainly drawn to Beaumont’s excellent reputation and the opportunity to be a part of the growing Beaumont Children’s Hospital. I enjoy being a part of a team committed to improving the health and well-being of children. In addition to taking great care of our patients, Beaumont Health System also takes great care of its employees. I love the hospital’s emphasis on the well-being of the employee as a whole person, not just as a worker. It’s nice to work for a company that recognizes the importance of their employees’ health, well-being and work-life balance.
What are the unique aspects of the Center for Human Development?
I really appreciate our multidisciplinary approach to care. We have a wonderful team of psychologists, physicians, counselors, tutors and support staff who provide a thorough, well-rounded approach to patient care. I also think we do a great job of involving patients’ families, teachers, and other important individuals in the child’s life, as appropriate.
What clinical areas are of most interest to you?
Throughout my training, I’ve been fortunate to work with children from as young as 2 all the way up to college-aged young adults. I’ve treated problems as varied as ADHD, depression, anxiety, autism, learning disabilities, behavior problems, sleep problems and more. While I’m happy to work with any child or family in need, I particularly enjoy working with younger children and teenagers. As someone with a background in child development, I find those specific ages to be filled with exciting changes in cognitive, social and emotional development.
What do you enjoy about working with children/young patients?
I love seeing the world through their eyes, their fresh perspective. It’s always fun to hear about what makes my patients happy, what they’re excited about, what’s “cool” to them. It reminds me that life doesn’t always have to be as complicated as we grown-ups tend to make it.
What is your patient care philosophy?
As a psychologist, I tend to see patients when something is going wrong, or there is a problem at home or at school. Often, this problem or struggle has been affecting the child and their family for some time before they seek help. In addition to helping find solutions to their problems, I think it’s important to help remind children and their families of what is going right, of what strengths and resources they have. It’s easy to lose sight of the good things in the midst of struggles and challenges.