Dr. Kay A. Toomey, Ph.D.

Dr. Kay A. Toomey is a Pediatric Psychologist who has worked with children who don’t eat for almost 35 years. She has developed the SOS Approach to Feeding as a family centered program for assessing and treating children with feeding problems. Dr. Toomey has been speaking both nationally and internationally about her approach for the past 20 years. Dr. Toomey has several writings about feeding problems, assessment and treatment, and is the co-author with Dr. Erin Ross of the “Behaviorally Based Feeding Problems” Chapter in the Suiter & Gosa’s 2019 book, Assessing and Treating Dysphagia: A Lifespan Perspective.

Dr. Toomey helped to form The Children’s Hospital – Denver’s Pediatric Oral Feeding Clinic, as well as the Rose Medical Center’s Pediatric Feeding Center. Dr. Toomey co-chaired the Pediatric Therapy Services Department at Rose Medical Center prior to entering private practice. Dr. Toomey acted as the Clinical Director for Toomey & Associates, Inc.’s Feeding Clinic for six years and SOS Feeding Solutions @ STAR for eight years. Dr. Toomey is currently the President of Toomey & Associates, Inc., and acts as a Clinical Consultant to the Feeding Clinic at STAR Institute.


Dr. Kay Toomey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.

Financial: Dr. Toomey is the President and Owner of Toomey & Associates, Inc.. She is the developer of the SOS Approach to Feeding program and is a paid Speaker for Toomey & Associates, Inc. about the SOS Approach. Dr. Toomey is a paid Speaker for PESI (2 workshops; Rehabilitation Conference). She is receiving an honorarium from TalkTools for this presentation.

Non-financial: Dr. Toomey is a Founding Medical Professional Council Member with Feeding Matters. She is also a current PFD Alliance Committee Member. Dr. Toomey is an invited speaker for community organizations and university training programs without renumeration.