J. Kenneth Whitt, Ph.D.



Whitt, Kenneth 2010

Email:  kwhitt@med.unc.edu

Phone: (919) 966-3376


B.A., University of Virginia at Charlottesville
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Internship, Department of Psychiatry, UNC School of Medicine


Summary Statement:

Dr. Whitt directs the Clinical Research Fellowship in Pediatric Psychology. He supervises all pediatric psychology faculty who are not independently licensed, facilitates assignments for school psychology and clinical psychology practicum students who train within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and supervises other trainees (occasional medical students, psychiatry residents, other psychology interns, pediatric residents) rotating on the pediatric liaison service. He is a senior member of the UNC Hospitals Ethics Committee and the UNC Child Protection Team (Beacon Child and Family Program), each of which provide consultation to UNC Health Care attendings.

Dr. Whitt directs the Pediatric Psychology/Psychiatry Consultation & Liaison Program (Peds C/L), with special emphasis on Pediatric Hematology & Oncology, Gasteroenterology, Special Infant Care/Neonatology, Neurology, Pulmonary, Endocrinology, Nephrology, and collaborations with the Pediatric Renal, Liver, Heart, and Lung Transplant Teams. The Peds C/L service provides consultation to general inpatient pediatric wards, pediatric surgery, burn unit, pediatric transition/rehab services, etc. Within this context, Dr. Whitt evaluates children with acute injury and chronic illness and their families, participating in psychological management to facilitate adaptation, pain management, treatment adherence, and quality of life. He is often called upon when the differential diagnosis includes conversion or somatization disorder, Munchausen’s by proxy syndrome, failure-to-thrive, etc. Also, he provides psychological assessments for patients admitted to the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Units (5NS). He evaluates children (infants through adolescents) and families and conducts individual and family psychotherapy.


Representative Publications:

  1. Quinonez RB, Keels MA, Vann WF, Jr., McIver FT, Heller K, Whitt JK: Early childhood caries: analysis of psychosocial and biological factors in a high-risk population. Caries Res 35:376-383, 2001.
  2. Whitt JK, Wells RJ, Lauria MM, Wilhelm CL, McMillan CW: Cranial radiation in childhood acute lymphocytic leukemia. Neuropsychologic sequelae. Am J Dis Child 138:730-736, 1984.
  3. Whitt JK, Hooper SR, Tennison MB, Robertson WT, Gold SH, Burchinal M, Wells R, McMillan C, Whaley RA, Combest J, .: Neuropsychologic functioning of human immunodeficiency virus-infected children with hemophilia. J Pediatr 122:52-59, 1993.
  4. Whitt, J.K. Children's adaptation to chronic illness and handicapping conditions. In M.G. Eisenberg, M. Jansen, & L. Sutkin (Eds.), The Impact of Chronic Disabling Conditions on Self and Family: A Life Span Perspective. New York, Springer, 1984.
  5. Quinonez , R.B., and Whitt, J.K. Early childhood caries. In T.H. Ollendick and C.S. Schroeder (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Pediatric and Child Psychology. New York, Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, 2002, In Press.