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Lindsey Cohen


PhD, University of Georgia, 1998
MA, University of Georgia, 1995
BA, Middlebury College, 1990


Pediatric psychology; assessment and treatment of children's medical stress and coping; pediatric pain management


My grant-funded research program is in pediatric psychology, which involves the interplay between clinical child psychology and pediatric medicine. A long-standing area of interest in the lab is the assessment and treatment of children’s acute medical pain (e.g., injections, bone fracture casting). In addition, we are examining children’s chronic pain, with a particular interest in evaluating mindfulness and acceptance-based treatments to help adolescents live vital lives with pain.

Graduate student-led projects in the Child Health and Medical Pain (CHAMP) lab span a range of child health issues. For example, current graduate student thesis or dissertation projects include burnout in nurses working with youth with chronic pain, stress in parents of infants with congenital heart disease, interactive taekwondo to improve executive functions in children with congenital heart disease, social support and discrimination in adolescents with sickle cell disease, and risk and resilience in pediatric chronic illness.

In concert with my research interests, my clinical interests involve children with medical issues. For example, I oversee a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Graduate Psychology (GPE) training grant, which provides stipends for graduate students to learn and administer evidence-based, culturally sensitive services on a multidisciplinary team for children with medical conditions (e.g., cancer, sickle cell) at the three Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta children’s hospitals. In the department clinic, I supervise students assessing and treating children, adolescents, and families presenting with a range of issues. I also treat clients in my off-campus private practice. Paralleling my approach to research, I examine and often target for treatment the larger environment (e.g., home, school, community) within which the client resides. My research and clinical work is grounded in an evidence-based practice approach and my behavioral orientation.


Recent (2014 – 2015) Peer-reviewed Journal Articles (student advisees are indicated with an asterisk)

Cohen, L. L., *Martin, S. R., *Gamwell, K. L., *McCarty, C., & *Shih, S. W. (in press). Behavioral techniques to optimize success of in-office pediatric tympanostomy tube placement without sedation. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology.

Sil, S., Cohen, L. L., Dampier, C. (in press). Psychosocial and functional outcomes in youth with chronic sickle cell pain. The Clinical Journal of Pain.

Cohen, L. L., *Rodrigues, N., *Bishop, M., Griffin, A., & Sil, S. (2015). Pediatric psychology at Georgia State University: Evaluation of Training with the Society of Pediatric Psychology Competencies. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 3, 205-211.

*Cousins, L. A., Cohen, L. L., & Venable, C. (2015). Risk and resilience in pediatric chronic pain: Exploring the protective role of optimism. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40, 934-942. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsu094

*Cousins, L. A., *Kalapurakkel, S., Cohen, L. L., & Simons, L. E. (2015). Resilience resources and mechanisms in pediatric chronic pain. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40, 840-845. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsv037

Cohen, L. L., *Rodrigues, N., *Lim, C. S., *Bearden, D. J., *Welkom, J. S., *Joffe, N. E., McGrath, P. J., & *Cousins, L. A. (2015). Automated parent-training for preschooler immunization pain relief: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40, 526-534. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsu162

 *Mandavia, A., Masuda, A., *Moore, M., *Mendoza, H., *Donati, M. R., & Cohen, L. L. (2015). The application of cognitive defusion technique to negative body image thoughts: A preliminary analogue investigation. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 4, 86-95. doi:10.1016/j.jcbs.2015.02.003

Vowles, K. E., Fink, B. C., & Cohen, L. L. (2014). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for chronic pain: A diary study of treatment process in relation to reliable change in disability. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 3, 74-80. doi:10.1016/j.jcbs.2014.04.003

Cohen, L. L. (2014). Competencies in pediatric psychology: Polishing Pandora’s box. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39, 985-987. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsu044

Cohen, L. L., *Cobb, J., & *Martin, S. R. (2014). Gender biases in adult ratings of pediatric pain. Children’s Health Care, 43, 87-95. doi:10.1080/02739615.2014.849918

Cohen, L. L., *Feinstein, A., Masuda, A., & Vowles, K. E. (2014). Single-case research design in pediatric psychology: Considerations regarding data analysis. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39 (2), 124-137. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jst065

*Joffe, N. E., Cohen, L. L., & Masuda, A. (2014). Evaluation of a body pillow to aid pediatric spinal fusion recovery. Children’s Health Care, 43, 72-86. doi:10.1080/02739615.2014.850886

Masuda, A., *Le, J. K., & Cohen, L. L. (2014). The role of disordered-eating cognitions and psychological flexibility on distress in Asian American and European American college females in the United States. International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, 36, 30-42. doi:10.1007/s10447-013-9188-6


For a full list of my publications, please see my lab pageNCBI bibliography, Google Scholar profile, or ResearchGate profile.