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Nicole Caraballo, PsyD

Pediatric Pain Medicine & Pediatric Burn Center


  • Graduate School: William James College, Boston, MA; Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Internship and Residency: Henry Ford Health Sciences Center, Detroit, MI
  • Fellowship: (Pediatric Health Psychology Fellowship) Hurley Children’s Hospital, Flint, MI

About the Provider

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Nicole Caraballo is passionate about working with children, families, and medical teams to promote health and development through the use of evidence-based assessments and interventions. She works with children and families to create specialized treatment plans based on children’s developmental levels and families’ cultures and priorities. Dr. Caraballo’s treatment plans address medical and psychological needs while promoting children’s functioning across multiple domains (family, school, friends, community connections). Her work includes helping children and families with the following: coping with pain; adjusting to changes in appearance or mobility; adhering to medication and medical treatment plans; adjusting to new medical conditions; managing new and ongoing mood, anxiety, and behavior concerns that occur during a medical condition or treatment; increasing health promoting behaviors and reducing health risk behaviors.


Dr. Caraballo completed a master’s degree in Counseling, with a Specialization in Sport and Performance Psychology, and an APA-accredited doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, with a Specialization in Clinical Health Psychology. She completed her APA-accredited internship at Henry Ford Health Sciences Center and completed her APA-accredited pediatric health psychology fellowship at Hurley Children’s Hospital/Michigan State University. Dr. Caraballo has worked with children during medical hospitalizations and in outpatient medical clinics. Dr. Caraballo’s hobbies include cooking, exercising, yoga, reading, and exploring nature.


The Pediatric Pain Management Clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan is dedicated to helping bring relief to children and adolescents suffering with chronic pain. The multidisciplinary team consists of medical experts that are board certified in both pediatric pain management and anesthesiology, and also includes pediatric specialists in pain psychology and pharmacy, along with physician assistants and nurses. The clinic also has access to physical therapists and complementary and alternative medicine specialists who are available as needed.

The Burn Center at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan provides a warm and caring environment for pediatric burn care, prevention, and education. The Burn Center specialists include a team of burn surgeons and nurses, anesthesiologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, social workers, child life specialists, teachers, and home care referrals.

Special Interests


  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Society of Pediatric Psychology, Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP)
  • Society for Health Psychology (SfHP)
  • Association of Psychologists in Academic Medical Centers (APAHC)
  • Michigan Psychological Association
  • American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM)
  • American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM)

DMC Hospital Affiliation: Children’s Hospital of Michigan

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