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Brittany N. Barber Garcia, PhD

Brittany N. Barber Garcia, PhD

Dr. Brittany Barber Garcia joined the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital of Spectrum Health as a Pediatric Psychologist in May, 2014. Her primary area of expertise is in the evaluation and management of chronic pain disorders in children and adolescents. She also has vast knowledge in the treatment of psychological difficulties in youth with a wide range of chronic medical illnesses, such as diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease, hematology/oncology diseases, and a variety of other illnesses. In addition, Dr. Barber Garcia has a strong background in neuropsychological evaluations of medically and neurologically complex children. An expert in working with children and adolescents and their families, Dr. Barber Garcia is also well-known for providing evidence-based interventions with genuine warmth and compassion for a wide range of psychological issues that face families today. She provides brief consultations, outpatient individual and family therapy, as well as neuropsychological evaluations through the HDVCH Pediatric Psychology Department.

Dr. Barber Garcia earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Religious Studies from DePauw University in 2006. She went on to earn both her Master’s (2008) and Doctoral (2011) Degrees from Marquette University’s Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology. She completed her pre-doctoral internship with the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan/Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She went on to complete a two year postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital in the Departments of Anesthesia and Psychiatry/Psychology with their multidisciplinary Pain Treatment Service.

Dr. Barber Garcia, a native of Caledonia, MI, is happy to be serving families in her home state as a Pediatric Psychologist with Spectrum Health. She currently lives with her husband and two young children in the Grand Rapids area. She looks forward to serving children, adolescents, and families throughout West Michigan.
10 Tips for Fighting Fair with Your Teens

Parents can turn disagreements with their teens into teachable moments by being fair and not losing their cool.

“Even though teens tend to be unreasonable, don’t let your teen push your buttons in those heated moments,” says Brittany Barber Garcia, PhD, a pediatric psychologist at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. “Their raging hormones, egocentric world view and developing brains can put them on a collision course with adults.”

So what’s a parent to do? Dr. Barber Garcia offers these 10 tips for parents...