Katie-Herrington-PhDPsychologist Katie Herrington, Ph.D., is dedicated to the development of courageous, resilient children, adolescents, and young adults by affirming and caring for the whole person.

Dr. Katie Herrington, Ph.D., is a pediatric psychologist who provides therapy and assessment services for children, adolescents, and young adults. She specializes in serving young people living with acute and chronic medical conditions, stress, and related emotional, behavioral, and developmental disorders.


Dr. Herrington holds a degree in Child Development from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University as well, and fulfilled her clinical internship at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine at Chapel Hill. She completed a clinical post-doctoral fellowship at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) and the Division of Developmental Medicine at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital.

Throughout her training, Dr. Herrington focused on using evidence-based interventions to treat a range of emotional and behavioral disorders. She worked in the adolescent psychiatric inpatient units and the emergency department, caring for children and working closely with their families, as they addressed each patient’s acute care needs.

At UNC, Dr. Herrington received specialized training as a member of a multidisciplinary consultation/liaison team tasked to care for individuals and families dealing with medical illnesses. During her fellowship, Dr. Herrington worked with families seeking to better understand their child’s development by providing comprehensive diagnostic and developmental assessments. She also received training in diagnosing autism spectrum disorder. Given her commitment to whole-person care, Dr. Herrington established a new healthcare model of embedded behavioral and psychological health consultation appointments within a primary care setting at Vanderbilt’s University Pediatrics practice.

Today, in addition to private practice at Nashville Child & Family Wellness Center, Dr. Herrington remains on clinical faculty at Vanderbilt teaching cognitive-behavioral therapy to psychiatry fellows. She is also actively involved in Vanderbilt TRIAD clinical research programs that promote the wellness of children and families affected by autism spectrum disorder.

Therapeutic Services:

Therapy: Dr. Herrington provides individual, group, and family therapy to children and adolescents ages 2+ with a wide variety of presenting concerns, which includes but is not limited to:

  • depression
  • anxiety (social, worry, panic, specific fears, performance, perfectionism)
  • tic disorders
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • coping with the stress associated with living with a medical condition (e.g., adjustment to a new diagnosis, treatment, or chronic pain)
  • PTSD/trauma-related symptoms
  • adjustment to life transitions

Dr. Herrington uses evidenced-based treatment approaches, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Behavioral therapy

Dr. Herrington integrates and utilizes these techniques flexibly, taking into consideration the individual’s unique background and strengths. In addition, when working with young children, she understands that therapy works best when it involves close collaboration with parents. This extensive parental involvement helps to both inform and monitor the child’s progress, and also to ensure that parents feel equipped and encouraged to support their child’s health and development. Dr. Herrington also collaborates with other professionals, such as the child’s pediatrician, to provide the highest quality of integrated care.

Assessment: Dr. Herrington also provides psychological assessment services. Click here to learn more.

Whether in the context of individual therapy or assessment, Dr. Herrington’s priority is to care for the whole-person. She is dedicated to fostering an authentic and meaningful working relationship with her patients, one in which they feel heard and valued. As such, she supports patients not only through an in-depth knowledge of therapeutic techniques but also through affirming their inherent worthiness and value as individuals.


Dr. Herrington was born in North Carolina, and also lived in Indiana, Kentucky and Connecticut before moving to Tennessee in 2001. She enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, exploring Nashville’s new restaurants with friends, volunteering in her church and community, and enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

Licenses, Certifications, and Memberships:

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist (#3261), HSP
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Division 53 (Child Clinical Psychology)
  • Division 54 (Pediatric Psychology)        
  • Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP)
  • Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

To contact Dr. Herrington please email:info@nashvillefamilywellness.com or call 615-238-9100 ext 107