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Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

Director, Research

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Board Certified

My Biography & Research


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.

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Clinical Interests

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

Research Interests

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

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Behavioral Medicine, Clinical Psychology

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My Education

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.

My Publications

Selected Publication

Long-term outcomes of adolescents with juvenile-onset fibromyalgia into adulthood and impact of depressive symptoms on functioning over time. Kashikar-Zuck, S; Cunningham, N; Peugh, J; Black, WR; Nelson, S; Lynch-Jordan, AM; Pfeiffer, M; Tran, ST; Ting, TV; Arnold, LM; et al. Pain. 2019; 160:433-441.

Pilot Randomized Trial of Integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Neuromuscular Training for Juvenile Fibromyalgia: The FIT Teens Program. Kashikar-Zuck, S; Black, WR; Pfeiffer, M; Peugh, J; Williams, SE; Ting, TV; Thomas, S; Kitchen, K; Myer, GD. Journal of Pain. 2018; 19:1049-1062.

Characterizing Social and Academic Aspects of School Anxiety in Pediatric Chronic Pain. Gibler, RC; Beckmann, EA; Lynch-Jordan, AM; Kashikar-Zuck, S; Mano, KE J. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2019; 35:625-632.

Brain mechanisms impacted by psychological therapies for pain: identifying targets for optimization of treatment effects. Cunningham, NR; Kashikar-Zuck, S; Coghill, RC. PAIN Reports. 2019; 4:e767-e767.

Utility of the PROMIS Pediatric Pain Interference Scale in Juvenile Fibromyalgia. Fussner, LM; Black, WR; Lynch-Jordan, A; Morgan, EM; Ting, TV; Kashikar-Zuck, S. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2019; 44:436-441.

Special considerations in conducting clinical trials of chronic pain management interventions in children and adolescents and their families. Palermo, TM; Kashikar-Zuck, S; Friedrichsdorf, SJ; Powers, SW. PAIN Reports. 2019; 4:e649-e649.

Clinical Reference Points for the Screen for Child Anxiety-related Disorders in 2 Investigations of Youth With Chronic Pain. Cunningham, NR; Jagpal, A; Nelson, S; Mano, KE J; Tran, ST; Lynch-Jordan, AM; Hainsworth, K; Peugh, J; Mara, CA; Kashikar-Zuck, S. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2019; 35:238-246.

Maternal Protective Parenting Accounts for the Relationship Between Pain Behaviors and Functional Disability in Adolescents. Lynch-Jordan, AM; Peugh, J; Cunningham, NR; Trygier, JR; Kashikar-Zuck, S. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2018; 34:1089-1095.

Development of the Aim to Decrease Anxiety and Pain Treatment for Pediatric Functional Abdominal Pain Disorders. Cunningham, NR; Nelson, S; Jagpal, A; Moorman, E; Farrell, M; Pentiuk, S; Kashikar-Zuck, S. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2018; 66:16-20.

Clinical Profiles of Young Adults With Juvenile-Onset Fibromyalgia With and Without a History of Trauma. Nelson, S; Cunningham, N; Peugh, J; Jagpal, A; Arnold, LM; Lynch-Jordan, A; Kashikar-Zuck, S. Arthritis Care and Research. 2017; 69:1636-1643.