Professor Emerita of Psychiatry and Human Behavior


Debra Lobato, PhD is the Director of Integrated Care for the Lifespan Department of Psychiatry and Director of Child Psychology at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital. She is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Pediatrics (Clinical) at Brown Medical School. Dr. Lobato directs behavioral health integration across primary care and specialty care clinics serving adults and children in  based at Lifespan-affilitated hospitals as well as in community settings. Dr. Lobato is involved in clinical service in pediatric psychology; training of residents and fellows in psychology, psychiatry, and pediatrics; and research. Lobato's research focuses on adaptation to pediatric chronic illness. One major line of research examines sibling adjustment and involvment in the care of children with chronic illnesses, with attention to the influence of cultural factors on family functioning. Dr. Lobato is also involved in interdisciplinary research on the biomedical and psychosocial factors that impact outcome in pediatric gastrointestinal disorders. Dr. Lobato is an integral part of the Clinical Psychology Training program and has been awarded the Brown Medical School Distinguished Teacher Award and Excellence in Teaching Award for her work with interns, residents, and postdoctoral fellows in clinical psychology, psychiatry, and pediatrics.

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