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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 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 (2016 – 2018) Peer-reviewed Journal Articles (student advisees are indicated with an asterisk)

*Francis, S. M. S., Tone, E. B., Caporino, N. E., Tully, E. C., & Cohen, L. L. (in press). Cognitive predictors of parental rescue behavior and malleability of behavior using a brief psychoeducation intervention. Child Psychiatry and Human Development.

Ludwig, N. N., Sil, S., Khowaja, M. K., Cohen, L. L., and Dampier, C. (in press). Executive functioning mediates the relationship between pain coping and quality of life in youth with sickle cell disease. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

Goldstein-Lever, A, Cohen, L. L., Dampier, C., & Sil, S. (in press). Parent pain catastrophizing predicts child depressive symptoms in youth with sickle cell disease. Pediatric Blood & Cancer.

*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.

*Mougianis, I., Cohen, L. L., & *Shih, S. (2017). Parent-child behavioral interactions during pediatric immunizations in a Latino sample. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 5, 209-220. doi:10.1037/cpp

Baxter, A., Cohen, L. L., Burton, M., Mohammed, A., & Lawson, M. L. (2017). The number of injected same-day preschool vaccines relates to preadolescent needle fear and HPV uptake. Vaccine, 35, 4213-4219.

*Tomlinson, R. M., *Cousins, L. A., Cohen, L. L., & McMurtry, C. M. (2017). The power of pain self-efficacy: Applying a positive psychology framework to pediatric pain. Pediatric Pain Letter, 19, 9-11.

Sil, S., Cohen, L. L., Dampier, C. (2016). Psychosocial and functional outcomes in youth with chronic sickle cell pain. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 32, 527-533. doi:10.1097/AJP

Bhandari, R. P., Feinstein, A., Huestis, S., Krane, E., Dunn, A., Cohen, L. L., Ming-Chih, K., Darnall, B., & Mackey, S. (2016). Pediatric collaborative health outcomes information registry (Peds-CHOIR): A learning health system to guide pediatric pain research and treatment. Pain, 157, 2033-2044. doi:10.1097/j.pain

*Morgan, J. R., Sullivan, M., Masuda, A., Tully, E., Cohen, L. L., & Anderson, P. L. (2016). A case series on the effects of Kripalu yoga for generalized anxiety disorder. International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 26, 9-19.

Sil, S., Dampier, C., & Cohen, L. L. (2016). Parent and child catastrophizing in pediatric sickle cell disease. The Journal of Pain, 17, 963-971. doi:10.1016/j.jpain.2016.05.008

*Martin, S. R., Cohen, L. L., *Welkom, J. S., *Feinstein, A., Masuda, A., & Griffin, A. (2016). Gender differences in the relation between functioning and values-based living in youth with sickle cell disease. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 4, 11-22.

*Cousins, L. A., *Tomlinson, R. M., Cohen, L. L., McMurtry, C. M. (2016). The power of optimism: Applying a positive psychology framework to pediatric pain. Pediatric Pain Letter, 18, 1-5.

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