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Crystal Cederna-Meko (she/her/hers)

PsyD

  • Director, Hurley Pediatric Psychology Fellowship Program, Flint, Mich.
  • Director, Pediatric Behavioral Health Services, Hurley Medical Center, Flint, Mich.
  • Associate Director, Pediatric Residency Program
  • Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, Mich.
  • Pediatric Psychologist

So you scored high on your exams, and your clinical skills are shaping up nicely. But how do you talk to kids about … well, about tough topics? Who can guide you and help to build a child’s trust and confidence in you? And who can help kids through trying times?

At Hurley, expert advice and guidance comes from pediatric psychologist Crystal Cederna-Meko, PsyD, a faculty member at Michigan State University, East Lansing, director of the Pediatric Psychology Fellowship, and director of Pediatric Behavioral Services.

Her role as director of the Hurley Pediatric Psychology Fellowship enables her to guide post-doctoral fellows through an enriching educational experience that prepares them for a variety of high demand pediatric psychology positions across the country.

Dr. Cederna-Meko also works extensively with pediatric residents as the associate program director of the Pediatric Residency Program (since 2014), co-director of the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Rotation (since 2011), and as leader of the Pediatric Interpersonal and Communication Skills series (since 2011).

A charismatic, innovative, and culturally humble pediatric psychologist, Dr. Cederna-Meko loves coming to Hurley to watch her patients (and their families) grow strong and healthy. And she cherishes the chance to help learners incorporate the art of medicine into the science of it, develop the capacity to function and thrive within interprofessional settings, and to appreciate the psychosocial aspects of child health.

This academically active faculty member also pursues many scholarly projects and was named 2019 Hurley Medical Center Faculty Investigator of the Year.

Education

  • Bachelor-of-science degree, psychology: Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Mich.
  • Master-of-arts degree, clinical psychology: University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Doctoral degree, clinical psychology: University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Predoctoral internship, clinical psychology: May Institute, Boston, Mass.
  • Post-doctoral pediatric psychology fellowship: Michigan State University at Hurley Medical Center, Flint, Mich.

Professional Interests

  • Medical education
  • Health promotion and behavior change
  • Coping with chronic medical conditions
  • Organizational wellness
  • Equity, diversity, & inclusion

Favorites

Outside of work, Dr. Cederna-Meko enjoys being active and just about anything outdoors (especially Michigan’s Great Lakes). Dr. Cederna-Meko also loves spending time with her family, who is scattered throughout the United States and across the globe.

Michigan is surrounded by the 5 Great Lakes.
Fall colors near Wetmore Landing and Little Presque Isle, north of Marquette, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Photo courtesy of Kurt Mensching at www.kurtmensching.info