Emily MacDonald Fredericks PhD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Pediatric Child Behavioral Health and Psychology, Pediatrics
Clinical Interests:

Pediatric solid organ transplantation, adherence to medical regimens, transition from pediatric to adult-centered health care, pediatric sleep disorders



Medical School or Training

  • Western Michigan University, 2003


  • Pediatric Psychology, University of Michigan Health System, 2005

Professional Organizations

  • American Psychological Association

  • Society of Pediatric Psychology

  • International Pediatric Transplant Association


Dr. Fredericks’ research focuses on the promotion of medication adherence, self-management skills, health care transitions, quality of life, and long-term outcomes in pediatric solid organ transplant recipients. She is also interested in the use of technology in behavioral health interventions, and the impact of sleep disorders on health outcomes in children with chronic illness.


Dr. Emily Fredericks received her bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, and her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Michigan University. She completed her internship in pediatric psychology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Fredericks completed a pediatric psychology fellowship at the University of Michigan in 2005, and joined the U-M faculty the same year. Dr. Fredericks currently serves as the Section Chief of Pediatric Psychology in the Division of Child Behavioral Health within the Department of Pediatrics. Her clinical interests include pediatric solid organ transplantation, behavioral sleep disorders, and adjustment to chronic illness. Dr. Fredericks’ research focuses primarily on the promotion of medication adherence, self-management skills, health care transitions, and long-term outcomes in pediatric liver transplant recipients. Dr. Fredericks is funded by the National Institutes of Health to develop an intervention program to promote medication adherence among adolescent/young adult transplant recipients. Dr. Fredericks is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Pediatric Psychology, the American Society of Transplantation and the International Pediatric Transplant Association. She participates on several workgroups dedicated to the development of guidelines for the promotion of medication adherence and health care transitions in pediatric transplant recipients.