Biographies

Susmita Kashikar-Zuck, PhD

Research Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 513-636-4336

Fax: 513-636-0602

Email: susmita.kashikar-zuck@cchmc.org

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Specialties

Clinical

Pediatric pain management; cognitive behavioral therapy for treatment of chronic pain in children; parent training; biofeedback.

Research

Psychological factors in pediatric chronic pain; evidence-based interventions for the treatment of pediatric chronic pain; cognitive-behavior therapy for juvenile fibromyalgia; combined behavioral and exercise-based interventions; long term outcomes of adolescents with fibromyalgia; transition to early adulthood

Visit the Kashikar-Zuck Lab web site.

Biography

Susmita Kashikar-Zuck, PhD, specializes in behavioral pain management with children. She leads the pediatric chronic pain research program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Her research interests are in the psychological aspects of pediatric chronic pain including adjustment and coping of children and their families. She is specifically interested in evaluating the efficacy of cognitive behavior therapy and combined behavioral and exercise-based treatments for pain conditions such as juvenile fibromyalgia.

Education and Training

PhD: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 1995.

Internship: Subspecialty in Medical/Health Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC. 

Certification: Licensed Clinical Psychologist.

Publications

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Grants

Fibromyalgia Integrative Training program for Teens (FIT Teens). Principal Investigator. National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 2013-2015. #R21 AR063412.

Amitriptyline and topiramate in the prevention of childhood migraine. Co-Investigator. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. 2011-2016. #U01 NS076788.

Longitudinal determination of outcomes of adolescents with fibromyalgia. Principal Investigator. National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 2009-2014.  #R01 AR054842.

Behavioral interventions and long-term outcomes in juvenile fibromyalgia syndrome. Principal Investigator. National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 2009-2014. #K24 AR056687.