Susmita Kashikar-Zuck, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

Director, Research

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4336

Fax 513-636-0602



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


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 website.

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.

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.

View PubMed Publications

Powers SW, Kashikar-Zuck SM, Allen JR, LeCates SL, Zafar M, Kabbouche MA, O’Brien HL, Shenk CE, Rausch JR, Hershey AD. Cognitive behavioral therapy plus amitriptyline for chronic migraine in children and adolescents: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2013 Dec 25;310(24): 2622-30.

Joffe NE, Lynch-Jordan A, Ting TV, Arnold LM, Hashkes PJ, Lovell DJ, Passo MH, Powers SW, Schikler KR, Kashikar-Zuck S. The utility of the PedsQL™Rheumatology Module as an outcome measure in juvenile fibromyalgia. Arthritis Care Res. 2013 Nov;65(11):1820-7.

Logan DE, Claar RL, Guite JW, Kashikar-Zuck S, Lynch-Jordan AM, Palermo TM, Wilson AC, Zhou C. Factor structure of the Children's Depression Inventory in a multisite sample of children and adolescents with chronic pain. J Pain. 2013 Jul;14(7):689-98.

Sil S, Lynch-Jordan AM, Ting TV, Peugh J, Noll J, Kashikar-Zuck S. Influence of family environment on the long term psychosocial functioning of adolescents with fibromyalgia. Arthritis Care Res. 2013 Jun;65(6):903-9.  

Kashikar-Zuck S, Sil S, Lynch-Jordan AM, Ting TV, Peugh J, Schikler KR, Hashkes PJ, Arnold LM, Passo MH, Richards-Mauze MM, Powers SW, Lovell DJ. Changes in pain coping, catastrophizing and coping efficacy after cognitive-behavioral therapy in children and adolescents with juvenile fibromyalgia. J Pain. 2013 May;14(5):492-501.

Kashikar-Zuck S, Flowers SR, Strotman D, Sil S, Ting TV, Schikler KN. Physical activity monitoring in adolescents with juvenile fibromyalgia: findings from a clinical trial of cognitive behavioral therapy. Arthritis Care Res. 2013 Mar;65(3):398-405.

Kashikar-Zuck S, Ting TV, Arnold LM, Bean J, Powers SW, Graham TB, Passo MH, Schikler KN, Hashkes PJ, Spalding S, Lynch-Jordan AM, Banez G, Richards MM, Lovell D. Cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of juvenile fibromyalgia: a multisite, single-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trial. Arthritis Rheum. 2012 Jan;64(1):297-305. 

Kashikar-Zuck S, Flowers SR, Claar RL, Guite JW, Logan DE, Lynch-Jordan AM, Palermo TM, Wilson AC. Clinical utility and validity of the Functional Disability Inventory among a multi-center sample of youth with chronic pain. Pain. 2011 Jul;152(7):1600-7.  

Kashikar-Zuck S, Parkins IS, Ting TV, Verkamp E, Lynch-Jordan AM, Passo M & Graham TB. Controlled follow-up study of physical and psychosocial functioning of adolescents with juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome. Rheumatology. 2010 Nov;49(11):2204-9.

Kashikar-Zuck S, Flowers SR, Verkamp E, Ting TV, Lynch-Jordan AM, Graham TB, Passo M, Schikler KN, Hashkes PJ, Spalding S, Banez G, Richards MM, Powers SW, Arnold LM, Lovell D. Actigraphy-based physical activity monitoring in adolescents with juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome. J Pain. 2010 Sep;11(9):885-93.

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