Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Kasparian Lab

Research Focused on the Heart-Mind-Body Connection

In the Kasparian Lab, we are interested in how early life experiences influence emotional, neurobiological and cognitive development throughout childhood, adolescence and adulthood. With a focus on the heart-mind-body connection, our work seeks to understand the mechanisms that influence neurodevelopment and mental and physical health for people with congenital heart disease (CHD). Our goal is to use our research findings to develop therapies and interventions that improve the health and wellbeing of infants, children, adolescents and adults with CHD across the world. We aim to do good science that makes a difference in people’s lives, today and in the future.

As a team, we strive to be:

  • Nurturing, challenging and encouraging in our work with students and trainees
  • Respectful, engaging and compassionate in our work with patients, families, and participants

We celebrate the diversity of our lab members and research participants. We take seriously our role as allies for Indigenous, Black and Communities of Color. You are welcome in this lab whatever the color of your skin, your sexual orientation and your gender identity.

Our lab is part of the Heart and Mind Wellbeing Center at Cincinnati Children’s, where many of our researchers serve in clinical roles. This interconnectedness allows us to translate research evidence into patient care rapidly. It also allows us to be constantly learning from our patients and prioritizing the areas that matter most to them and their families.

Meet the PI

A photo of Nadine Kasparian.

My team and I investigate the factors that shape emotional and neurobiological development in children with critical or chronic illness, particularly congenital heart disease (CHD).

Learn more and Meet the Team