James Paulson, PhD



Graduate School(s):

University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Paulson is a licensed clinical psychologist and an associate professor of pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He has been a practicing psychologist, working with children, adolescents, and their families, since 1998.

He is also an associate professor of psychology at Old Dominion University, where he teaches and conducts research focusing on the transition to parenthood and how early family factors impact child development.

Paulson completed his fellowship at Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Center for Pediatric Research and has been a member of the CHKD community for some time.

Clinical Interests:

  • Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • Eating and feeding disorders
  • Problems with elimination or toilet training
  • Disruptive behavior problems
  • Family-based interventions


  • Parenting
  • Family transitions, especially pregnancy and childbirth
  • Family dynamics and early child development


  • Paulson JF, Goodman, J, Bazemore, SD, Leiferman JA (2016). Course of maternal and paternal perinatal depression. Archives of Women’s Mental Health. 19(4), 655-663.
  • Paulson, JF, Mehta, SH, Sokol, RK, & Chauhan, SP. (2014). Large for gestational age and long-term cognitive function. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 210(4), 1-4.
  • Maduro, RS, Roberts, LB, Sheehan, BE, & Paulson, JF (in press). Predicting harsh parental decisions: A Prospective validation study. New School Psychology Bulletin.
  • Leazer R, Erickson N, Paulson JF, Zipkin R, Stemmle M, Schroeder A, Bendel-Stenzel M, & Fine B. (in press). Time to detection and epidemiology of positive cerebrospinal fluid cultures in term infants. Pediatrics.
  • Obermeyer, RJ, Godbout, E, Goretsky, MJ, Paulson, JF, Frantz, FW, Kuhn, MA, Lombardo, ML, Buescher, ES, Deyerle, A, & Kelly, RE (2016). Risk factors and management of Nuss bar infections. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 51, 154-158.
  • Paulson, JF, Chauhan, SP, Hill, JB, Abuhamad, AZ (2012). Severe small-for-gestational-age and cognitive function: A Catch-Up Phenomenon Possible. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 207 (2). 1-5.
  • Paulson, JF, Dauber, SE, & Leiferman, JA. (2011). Parental Depression, Relationship Quality, and Nonresident Father Involvement with their Infants. Journal of Family Issues, 32(4) 528-549.
  • Paulson, JF & Bazemore, SD (2010). Capturing cases of depression outside the clinic: What is the lesser evil? JAMA, 304(9), 961.
  • Paulson, JF & Bazemore, SD. (2010) Prenatal and postpartum depression in fathers and its association with maternal depression: A Meta-analysis. JAMA, 303 (19), 1961-1969.

Community Involvement and Memberships:

Associate editor, Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings

Referee and content expert, Cochrane International Pregnancy and Childbirth Group

Expert panel member, International Zero to Three Initiative

Contact Info:

(757) 668-4673 (HOPE)



CHKD Main Hospital
601 Children's Ln
Norfolk, VA 23518