As a pediatric psychologist, as well as a clinical child and adolescent psychologist, I practice evidence-based behavioral medicine. I treat children with migraine and other types of headache.
At Cincinnati Children’s, I am the scientific director of Clinical Research and Trials for the Research Foundation, the co-director of the Headache Center, and the director of the Center for Child Behavior and Nutrition Research and Training.
My research includes clinical trials in the areas of migraine and headache as well as child behavior and nutrition science. Migraine affects 10% of youth today. It’s one of the most common chronic illnesses of childhood and is the second most prevalent disabling condition worldwide. It affects people from childhood throughout most of their lives. My colleagues and I strive to develop the evidence-based treatments of tomorrow while building teams to provide the best care we can today. If youth have improvements in headache occurrence and related disability, then we may change the course of their lives.
Our team has published game-changing clinical trials in prestigious journals, such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), JAMA Pediatrics and Pediatrics.
During my career, I am honored to have received both the research and mentoring awards from the Society of Pediatric Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association.
AB: Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN, 1985.
MS: Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID, 1987.
PhD: The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 1991.
Residency: Clinical Psychology, Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, RI.
Fellowship: Pediatric Psychology, Brown University School of Medicine / Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI.
Certification: Clinical Psychology, Ohio State Board of Psychology, 1992. American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), 2003.
Preschoolers and toddlers; dietary adherence / nutrition and behavior; cystic fibrosis; chronic illness, coping and adherence; pediatric pain; pediatric headache; encopresis.
Behavioral Medicine, Headache Medicine
Clinical trials; migraine/headache; pediatric pain; adherence medicine; nutrition and behavior; cystic fibrosis
Virtual issue: Recent advances in pediatric headache: Bridging the data gap. Headache. 2023; 63:305-306.
Impact of preventive pill-based treatment on migraine days: A secondary outcome study of the Childhood and Adolescent Migraine Prevention (CHAMP) trial and a comparison of self-report to nosology-derived assessments. Headache. 2023.
Bridging the gap between preclinical scientists, clinical researchers, and clinicians: From animal research to clinical practice. Headache. 2023; 63:25-39.
Management of Chronic Migraine in Children and Adolescents: Where are We in 2022?. Pediatric Health, Medicine and Therapeutics. 2022; 13:309-323.
New insight into the neural mechanisms of migraine in adolescents: Relationships with sleep. Headache. 2022; 62:668-680.
Multimodal Assessment of Medication Adherence Among Youth With Migraine: An Ancillary Study of the CHAMP Trial. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2022; 47:376-387.
Predictors of Improvement in Pediatric Chronic Migraine: Results from the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Amitriptyline Trial. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 2022; 29:113-119.
Structural lung disease in preschool children with cystic fibrosis: An 18 month natural history study. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis. 2022; 21:e165-e171.
Trajectory of treatment response in the child and adolescent migraine prevention (CHAMP) study: A randomized clinical trial. Cephalalgia. 2022; 42:44-52.
Psychological Interventions for Pediatric Headache Disorders: A 2021 Update on Research Progress and Needs. Current Pain and Headache Reports. 2022; 26:85-91.
Scott W. Powers, PhD, ABPP, FAHS7/26/2022
Scott W. Powers, PhD, ABPP, FAHS2/2/2022
Scott W. Powers, PhD, ABPP, FAHS, Andrew D. Hershey, MD, PhD, FAHS7/27/2021
Scott W. Powers, PhD, ABPP, FAHS, Robert C. Coghill, PhD ...7/3/2019
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