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Susmita Kashikar-Zuck is a clinical psychologist and grant funded researcher with expertise in pediatric pain management. She directs the Behavioral Pain Management Research Program focused on developing interventions for chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, and studying psychosocial factors that influence long-term outcomes of children with chronic pain. Dr. Kashikar-Zuck serves as a mentor for residents, fellows and faculty in pediatric pain research.
Anne is an associate professor in the Division of Behavioral Medicine at Cincinnati Children's within the UC Department of Pediatrics with a secondary appointment in the UC Department of Anesthesiology. She is the primary pain psychologist in the Headache Center, Epidermolysis Bullosa Center, and Pain Management Clinic. Research interests include parenting behavior, pain expression, and factors contributing to functional disability in pediatric chronic pain.
Soumitri is a fellow in Pediatric Pain Management. Her research interests include the impact of pain-related childhood chronic illness on family and psychological functioning. She received a BA in psychology from Emory University in 2004, and a PhD in clinical psychology, with emphasis on pediatric/child clinical at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2011.
Dr. Natoshia Cunningham is a psychology fellow in the Pain Lab. Her research focuses on the co-occurrence of anxiety in functional abdominal pain and other chronic pain conditions in youth. She aims to develop brief behavioral interventions to address pain and co-occurring anxiety for youth with chronic pain. Dr. Cunningham also conducts psychological assessments in a longitudinal study of adolescents diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
Dan is a clinical research coordinator in the Pain Lab. He coordinates a longitudinal study involving educational adjustment, psychological symptoms, and physical functioning among young adults previously diagnosed with juvenile fibromyalgia to identify youths who are at risk for long-term disability and psychological difficulties. He also coordinates a research study combining cognitive behavioral therapy and neuromuscular training to help improve fitness and coping and reduce pain symptoms in teenagers with juvenile fibromyalgia. Dan also coordinates an experimental study designed to measure sensitivity to mechanical pressure in patients with juvenile fibromyalgia compared to healthy teens to better understand what causes changes in sensitivity in juvenile fibromyalgia. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ohio University.
Kimberly is a clinical research coordinator in the Pain Lab, where she coordinates a study aimed at developing a computerized test to help doctors and researchers better measure how chronic pain affects the lives of adolescents. Additionally, she coordinates a research project to test a new tool that could help to diagnose Fibromyalgia in children and adolescents. Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northern Kentucky University and hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in pediatric psychology to continue research in pain management.
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Susmita Kashikar-Zuck, PhD
Member, Division of Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology
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