Parker Huston, PhD
Clinical Director of On Our Sleeves
Dr. Parker Huston works on population mental health initiatives. He develops, manages and shares mental health content and advocates for children's mental health on a local, regional, and national level.
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Meet the On Our Sleeves Clinical Director
Parker Huston, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Clinical Director of the On Our Sleeves program. On Our Sleeves is the movement to transform children’s mental health, backed by the experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, one of the largest pediatric hospitals and research networks in the country.
In his role with the On Our Sleeves movement, Dr. Huston works on population mental health initiatives. He develops, manages and shares mental health content and advocates for children's mental health on a local, regional, and national level. He also provides education and programming to families, schools and companies on how to discuss mental health and improve mental wellness and access to services in their community. He enjoys speaking with children, families, community and business leaders, and others who are passionate about improving children’s mental health and bringing increased awareness and access to resources into the community.
Dr. Huston's passion is rooted in providing education and opening doors so that children and their families can achieve their maximum potential and feel like they have agency in their lives. He believes that improving children’s mental health is important to set them up for success as adolescents and adults. Focusing on good mental health practices during childhood can create healthy habits throughout the life span.
He started in the mental health field with an interest in parent-child dynamics as well as the impact of traumatic events on child development. During his training, he became passionate about helping children with co-occurring medical and mental health concerns, which led him to the field of Pediatric Psychology at Nationwide Children’s.
In addition to serving as Clinical Director of On Our Sleeves, Dr. Huston is also the Population Health Clinical Lead for Behavioral Health. He also works part-time in the Comprehensive Pediatric Feeding Clinic as part of a multidisciplinary team providing treatment to medically complex children with feeding disorders.
Certificates and Associations
MemberAmerican Psychological Association
2011 - Present
Public Education CommitteeNorth American Society of
Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition
2019 - Present
MemberInternational Association for Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing
2019 - Present
Dr. Huston in the Press
"Parents can model good behavior by being flexible, being calm and realizing school will be different this year, but they can figure out what works best for their family. Don’t shut them down, but make sure you know where they stand on their understanding. Discuss credible news sources — school site, local government site, etc. — and read what they are reading and discuss it." - Parker Huston, PhDRead more
"It's no secret the COVID-19 pandemic has created many concerns and uncertainties about the upcoming school year. Each area of the country is managing different local and regional expectations and regulations, so there is not a single correct answer to how schools can best serve the children in their communities this coming year." - Parker Huston, PhDRead more
Articles Written by Dr. Huston
Helping Kids Get Used to Seeing and Wearing Masks
Your child most likely takes a backpack or lunchbox to school every day. Well this year, if they are going to school, they will also take a face mask. Check out tips for preparing your child for wearing a mask throughout their school day and getting used to seeing others, like teachers, in masks.
Preparing Kids For an Unconventional School Year
It always takes children a few weeks to adjust to a new school year, but the transition may be even more difficult this year due to COVID-19. How can you get your child ready for an unconventional school year?