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 (2019 - 2022) Peer-reviewed Journal Articles (student advisees are indicated with an asterisk)
Zempsky, W. T., Campbell-Yeo, M., Chambers, C. T., Cohen, L. L., Gagliese, L., Kwok, C. H. T., Trang, T., Stevens, B., Taddio, A., Voepel-Lewis, T., & Schechter, N. L. (in press). Analgesic, anesthetic, and addiction clinical trial translations, innovations, opportunities, and networks – American Pain Society –American Academy of Pain Medicine pain taxonomy diagnostic criteria for acute needle pain. The Journal of Pain.
*Robbertz, A. S., *Shneider, C., & Cohen, L. L. (in press). The role of nursing student training status and anxiety in pediatric pain assessment. Children’s Health Care.
Johnson, Y. L., Woodward, K.E., Dampier, C., Cohen, L. L., & Sil, S. (2022). Biopsychosocial factors associated with parenting stress in pediatric sickle cell disease. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 29, 365-374. doi: 10.1007/s10880-021-09837-6
Cohen, L. L., *Robbertz, A. S., & England, L. J. (2022). Behavioral strategies to minimize procedural distress during in-office pediatric tympanostomy tube placement without sedation or restraint. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 29, 285-294. doi: 10.1007/s10880-021-09813-0
*Gise, J., & Cohen, L. L. (2022). Social support in parents of children with cancer: A systematic review. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 47, 292-305. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsab100
*Kim, S., *Robbertz, A., *Goodrum, N. M., Armistead, L. P., Cohen, L. L., Schulte, M. T., & Murphy, D. A. (2021). Maternal HIV stigma and child adjustment: Qualitative and quantitative perspectives. Journal of Child and Family, 30, 2402-2412 Studies. doi: 10.1007/s10826-021-02034-x.
Sil, S., Woodward, K. E., Johnson, Y. L., Dampier, C., & Cohen, L. L. (2021). Parent psychosocial distress in pediatric sickle cell disease and chronic pain. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 46, 557-569. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsaa130
*Wright, L. A., Cohen, L. L., *Gise, J., *Shih, S., Sil, S, & Carter, S. (2021). Pain and QOL in pediatric sickle cell disease: Buffering by resilience processes. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 46, 1015-1024.
Reardon, A. W. T., Earp, B. D., Andreski, P., Monrad, J. T., Cohen, L. L., Richeson, J. A., & Freed, G. L. (2021). Do medical students exhibit gender bias in their assessment of children’s pain? JAMA Network Open, 4(6), e2113010. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.13010.
Woodward, K. E., Johnson, Y. L., Cohen, L. L., Dampier, C., & Sil, S. (2021). Psychosocial risk and healthcare utilization in pediatric sickle cell disease. Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 68, e29139.
*Rodrigues, N., *Shih, S., & Cohen, L. L. (2021). Pica in pediatric sickle cell disease. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 28, 6-15. doi:10.1007/s10880-019-09671-x
*Bishop, M., Cohen, L. L., & Robbertz, A. S. (2020). Illness-related parenting stress and maladjustment in congenital heart disease: The moderating role of mindfulness. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 45, 1208-1215.
*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