• Meet the Kashikar-Zuck Lab

    Susmita Kashikar-Zuck headshot.
    Susmita Kashikar-Zuck headshot.

    Susmita Kashikar-Zuck, PhD

    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.

    Susmita Kashikar-Zuck

    Anne Lynch-Jordan headshot.
    Anne Lynch-Jordan headshot.

    Anne Lynch-Jordan, PhD

    Anne is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Behavioral Medicine with a secondary appointment in 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.

    Anne Lynch-Jordan

    Soumitri Sil headshot.
    Soumitri Sil headshot.

    Soumitri Sil

    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 B.A. 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.

    Soumitri Sil

    Natoshia Cunningham
    Natoshia Cunningham

    Natoshia Cunningham

    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.

    Natoshia Cunningham

    Dan Strotman headshot.
    Dan Strotman headshot.

    Dan Strotman

    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.

    Dan Strotman

    Kimberly Barnett
    Kimberly Barnett

    Kimberly Barnett

    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.

    Kimberly Barnett