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Lindsey L. Cohen

Chair    Distinguished University Professor    

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 of 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, graduate student thesis or dissertation projects have examined burnout in nurses working with youth with chronic pain, stress in parents of infants with congenital heart disease, the understanding of mindfulness among adolescents with chronic pain, 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 (2018 – 2020) Peer-reviewed Journal Articles (student advisees are indicated with an asterisk)

*Bishop, M., Cohen, L. L., & Robbertz, A. S. (in press). Illness-related parenting stress and maladjustment in congenital heart disease: The moderating role of mindfulness. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

*Rodrigues, N., *Shih, S., & Cohen, L. L. (2020). Pica in pediatric sickle cell disease. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. doi:10.1007/s10880-019-09671-x

*Shih, S., & Cohen, L. L. (2020). A systematic review of psychosocial interventions for enhancing medication adherence in pediatric sickle cell disease. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 45, 593-606. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsaa031 (featured article and student journal club selection)

Sil, S., Lai, K., Lee, J. L., Gilleland-Marchak, J., Thompson, B., Cohen, L. L., Lane, P., & Dampier, C. (2020). Preliminary evaluation of the clinical implementation of cognitive-behavioral therapy for chronic pain management in pediatric sickle cell disease. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 49. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2020.102348

Cohen, L. L., *Donati, M. R., *Shih, S., & Sil, S. (2020). State of the field of child self-report of acute pain. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 45, 239-246.

*Mougianis, I., Cohen, L. L., *Martin, S., *Bishop, M., & *Shneider, C. (2020). Perceived racism and health-related quality of life in hospitalized adolescents with sickle cell disease: The roles of depressive symptoms and social support. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 45, 858-866. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsaa035

Sil, S., Cohen, L. L., Bakshi, N., Watt, A., Barnett, M., Abudulai, F., & Dampier, C. (2020). Changes in pain and psychosocial functioning and transition to chronic pain in pediatric sickle cell disease: A cohort follow-up study. Clinical Journal of Pain, 36, 463-471. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000827

Cohen, L. L., Cella, D., & Wakschlag, L. S. (2020). Innovations in pediatric psychology assessment: The conversation has just begun. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 45, 229-232.
Tone, E. B., Cohen, L. L., & Swartout, K. (2019). Psychosocial aspects of graduate mentoring: The critical role of anxiety. The Chronicle of Mentoring and Coaching, 3.

*Donati, M. R., Masuda, A., *Schaefer, L. W., Cohen, L. L., Tone, E. B., & Parrott, D. J. (2019). Laboratory analogue investigation of defusion and reappraisal strategies in the context of symbolically generalized avoidance. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 112, 225-241.

Sil, S., Cohen, L. L., & Dampier, C. (2019). Pediatric pain screening identifies youth at risk of chronic pain in sickle cell disease. Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 66, e27538. doi:10.1002/pbc.27538

*Lim, C. S., Karlson, C., Edmond, S. N., *Welkom, J. S., Osunkwo, I., & Cohen, L. L. (2019). Emotion-focused avoidance coping mediates the association between pain and health-related quality of life in children with sickle cell disease. Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, 41, 194-201.

McNeil, D. W., *Randall, C. L., Cohen, L. L., Crout, R. J., Weyant, R. J., Neiswanger, K., & Marazita, M. L. (2019). Transmission of dental fear from parent to adolescent in an Appalachian sample in the USA. International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 29, 720-727. doi:10.1111/ipd.12564

*Bishop, M., *Gise, J., *Donati, M., *Shneider, C., Aylward, B. S., & Cohen, L. L. (2019). Parenting stress, sleep, and psychological adjustment in parents of infants and toddlers with congenital heart disease. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 44, 980-987. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsz026

Earp, B. D., Monrad, J. T., LaFrance, M., Bargh, J., Cohen, L. L., & Richeson, J. (2019). Gender bias in pediatric pain assessment. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 44, 403-414. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsy104

*Francis, S. M. S., Tone, E. B., Caporino, N. E., Tully, E. C., & Cohen, L. L. (2019). Cognitive predictors of parental rescue behavior and malleability of behavior using a brief psychoeducation intervention. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 50, 321-331. doi: 10.1007/s10578-018-0843-3

*Rodrigues, N. P., & Cohen, L. L. (2018). Nurse burnout in pediatric pain management: A model and pilot intervention. Practical Pain Management, 18, 28-30.

Goldstein-Lever, A., Cohen, L. L., Dampier, C., & Sil, S. (2018). Parent pain catastrophizing predicts child depressive symptoms in youth with sickle cell disease. Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 65, e27027. doi:10.1002/pbc.27027

*Ludwig, N. N., Sil, S., *Khowaja, M. K., Cohen, L. L., & Dampier, C. (2018). Executive functioning mediates the relationship between pain coping and quality of life in youth with sickle cell disease. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 43, 1160-1169. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsy057

*Rodrigues, N. P., Cohen, L. L., & Swartout, K. M., Trotochaud, K., & Murray, E. (2018). Burnout in nurses working with youth with chronic pain: A mixed methods analysis. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 43, 369-381. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsx105

*Rodrigues, N. P., Cohen, L. L., *Crowell McQuarrie, S., & Reed-Knight, B. (2018). Burnout in nurses working with youth with chronic pain: A pilot intervention. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 43, 382-391. doi:10.1093.jpepsy/jsx132

*Martin, S. R., Cohen, L. L., *Mougianis, I., Griffin, A., Sil, S., & Dampier, C. (2018). Stigma and pain in adolescents hospitalized for sickle cell vaso-occlusive pain episodes. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 34, 438-444. doi:10.1097/AJP.

*Feinstein, A. B., Cohen, L. L., Masuda, A., Griffin, A. T., *Gamwell, K. L., Stiles, M. T., Angeles-Han, S. T., & Prahalad, S. (2018). Yoga intervention for an adolescent with juvenile idiopathic arthritis: A case study. Advances in Mind Body Medicine, 32, 13-20.

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