Nadine Kasparian is professor of Pediatrics and founding director of the Cincinnati Children’s Center for Heart Disease and Mental Health, a partnership between the Heart Institute and Division of Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Nadine's research investigates the factors that shape emotional and neurobiological development in children with critical or chronic illness, particularly congenital heart disease (CHD). Her team seeks to understand how experiences of early medical adversity may alter developmental processes, including emotion regulation and stress reactivity, in ways that increase vulnerability to anxiety, depression and other mental health difficulties. Nadine's team also explores infant-parent bonding and attachment, and the ways in which we can best support young children and their families in the context of medical illness. In partnership with patients, parents and health care providers, the overarching goal is to discover the mechanisms that contribute to developmental risk and resilience, and deliver targeted interventions, strategies and policies to promote health and wellbeing throughout childhood and across the life course. Her team pursues this research using methods drawn from clinical and developmental psychology, neurobiology and medical science.
Nadine has a PhD in medical psychology from the University of Sydney and serves on the editorial board for Health Psychology Review and Psychology & Health. She holds a National Heart Foundation of Australia Future Leader Fellowship (2017-2020), has been continuously funded by the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia, and was awarded a Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice based at Harvard Medical School (2018-2019). In 2018 her team received the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network Innovation Award for Excellence in the Provision of Mental Health Services for children with heart disease and their families.
Childhood heart disease; infant mental health; emotion regulation; bonding; attachment; neurodevelopment; child mental health; perinatal mental health; maternal mental health; antenatal anxiety; postnatal depression; paternal mental health; motherhood; fatherhood; parenting; family functioning; anxiety; depression; trauma; traumatic stress; adverse childhood experiences; psychotherapy; empathy; resilience; adaptation
Neurobiological responses to stress; neurodevelopment; heart-brain-gut axis; brain imaging; hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis; microbiome; biomarkers; biobank; stress reactivity; perinatal mental health; intervention; randomized controlled trials; prospective cohort studies; psychotherapy; clinical research; translational research; health services; health policy; child development; mental health
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Behavioral Medicine, Heart Institute