Dr. Kashikar-Zuck is a clinical psychologist and grant-funded researcher with expertise in pediatric pain management. She directs the Behavioral Pain Management Research Program which is focused on developing interventions for chronic pain conditions. Kashikar-Zuck serves as a mentor for residents, fellows and faculty in pediatric pain research, and is a professor and endowed director of research in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology.
Dr. Black is broadly interested in the etiology and treatment of chronic pediatric conditions, including chronic pain and Juvenile Fibromyalgia. He is also interested in the contribution of various health behaviors, e.g., physical activity, sleep, stress management and psychosocial correlates, e.g., quality of life, self-efficacy, to the maintenance and treatment of pediatric pain. Black graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, with an emphasis in Health Psychology, and completed his residency in Pediatric Psychology at Nemours/A.I. du Pont Hospital for Children.
Leigh Ann has actively worked as a supervisor of clinical research with BMCP for over nineteen years. Ms. Chamberlin has a proven track record in the design, implementation, and coordination of NIH, USDA, and privately funded pediatric studies. Her experience includes working with sponsors, participating clinical sites, vendors, regulatory bodies, academic coordinating centers, pharmacy, and laboratories to ensure the harmonization and timely roll out of clinical trials. Ms. Chamberlin has experience with central IRB, DSMBs, site selection and contracting, protocol development, multi-site fiscal management (budgeting per patient costs, site invoicing) staff training, data management and research compliance. Her techniques and models for communication, creation of a study infrastructure, and strategic decision making have yielded successful high level management and efficient execution in multi-site clinical trials. She is a registered dietitian with a master's degree in health promotion.
Lauren Fussner is a postdoctoral fellow in pediatric pain. Her research interests include identifying emotional processes and social factors that increase risk for pediatric pain and comorbid mood symptoms (i.e., anxiety, depression). She is currently involved in the dissemination and development of tailored behavioral interventions for youth and adolescents with chronic pain. Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame in 2011, her Master of Arts in clinical psychology from Miami University in 2013, and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Miami University in 2017. Prior to beginning her fellowship, she completed her residency training in pediatric psychology at Oregon Health & Science University.
Lauren’s long-term goal is to develop a multidisciplinary cognitive behavioral prevention program targeting transdiagnostic risk factors related to pediatric pain and depressive symptoms in adolescents.
Dr. Lynch-Jordan is a clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of pediatric chronic pain. She is the primary pain psychologist in the multidisciplinary Headache and Pain Management Centers, and directs outpatient behavioral pain management services in the Division of Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology, where programmatic clinical research is embedded into the patient care model. Lynch-Jordan has published in the areas of pediatric chronic pain and psychosocial functioning associated with complex pain conditions. She has particular interest in parenting responses to pain and pain expression. She also has extensive experience with the translation of empirically-based assessment and treatments into clinical practice. Lynch-Jordan received her bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton, and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Purdue University. She completed her internship at the University of Florida Health Sciences Center and her postdoctoral fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s, where she is currently an associate professor and has been a faculty member since 2005.
Megan is the lead coordinator managing the operations of a randomized, multi-site clinical trial to determine whether a combined cognitive behavioral and neuromuscular exercise program (FIT Teens) is effective in improving daily functioning and reducing pain in adolescents with juvenile fibromyalgia. While in the Pain Lab she has also worked on projects looking at mechanical pressure differences in adolescents with JFM compared to healthy peers, as well as a longitudinal study evaluating the social, psychological, and symptom changes in young adults who were previously diagnosed with JFM. Megan graduated from Mount St. Joseph University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology. She is currently working toward a career in Physical Therapy.
Catharine is working on a multi-site, clinical trial evaluating three different treatment approaches utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, aerobic exercise, and neuromuscular training to help improve daily functioning and reduce pain levels in adolescents with juvenile fibromyalgia. She is also maintains the outpatient Pain Clinic database of patient-reported outcomes for children with a wide variety of pain conditions, and a large longitudinal registry of youth and young adults with juvenile-onset fibromyalgia. Catharine received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her Certificate in Clinical Research from the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Williams is a clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment, treatment, and research of pediatric chronic pain. In the Pain Lab she is a study therapist for an NIH funded clinical trial investigating exercise and behavioral interventions for adolescents with fibromyalgia. She is also the clinical director of the Functional Independence Restoration program for inpatient pediatric chronic pain rehabilitation and practices as a pain psychologist in the Headache Center and Pain Management Clinic. Williams’ research interests focus on psychosocial factors affecting children’s and parents’ experience of pediatric chronic pain conditions. She completed her graduate training at Vanderbilt University, residency at University of California Los Angeles, and fellowship at Harvard Medical School.
Susmita Kashikar-Zuck, PhD
Member, Division of Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology
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