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Puja G. Patel, PhD

Dell Children's Medical Center
4900 Mueller Blvd.,
Austin, TX 78723
Phone: 512-324-0029


University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D., School Psychology

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, M.S., Rehabilitation Counseling Program


Postdoctoral Training Pediatric and Child Clinical Fellowship, Texas Child Study Center/Dell Children’s Medical Center , The University of Texas at Austin

Care Information

Clinical Biography

Puja Patel, PhD, is a pediatric psychologist practices at UT Health Austin Pediatric Psychiatry at Dell Children’s, where she is also Medical Director of Psychological Services, Children’s Blood & Cancer Center. She received her B.A. in psychology from Baylor University, her M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from UT Southwestern Medical Center, and her doctorate in school psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her clinical internship in pediatric and child psychology at the Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School and her postdoctoral fellowship at the Texas Child Study Center.

Dr. Patel specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy with youth presenting with anxiety and depression as well as in medical coping of adjustment to chronic illness, pain management and adherence to ongoing medical regimes. She is a consultant to the Dell Children’s Concussion Center. As part of the clinical faculty at Texas Child Study Center, Dr. Patel is also involved in the training program which includes teaching and supervising future clinicians.


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Adjustment to chronic illness
  • Pain management
  • Medical regimen adherence

Board Certification

Awards & Honors

  • A. D. Hutchison Student Endowment Fellowship, University of Texas System Board of Regents, 2008
  • Pearson Scholarly Presentation Award, American Psychological Association, 2007
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