Clinical Child Psychology Program

The Pediatric Health Insight Team (PHIT) is directed by Dr. Christopher Cushing in the Clinical Child Psychology Program at the University of Kansas. The mission of the PHIT Lab is to improve the health and well-being of children and adolescents by studying the biopsychosocial processes related to health behavior and symptoms of chronic illness. Variables of interest include pain, quality of life, physical activity, sleep, and diet.  Our lab is especially interested in using intensive longitudinal data collected using smartphones and sensors to study behavior and symptoms in as near to real-time as our technologies will allow. We think that our work in this area can contribute to the recently announced Precision Medicine Initiative. Our long-term vision is that every patient will receive the right treatment, at the right time, and in the right context. If you share this vision, please contact us about how we can work together.

The PHIT Lab is comprised of a hard-working team of graduate and undergraduate students.  Graduate students play major roles in current lab projects and are also actively engaged in a number of more independent research projects. Graduate students are encouraged to maintain at least one active writing project for submission to a peer-reviewed journal as either a first or second author each semester and to present their work at national conferences annually.  Our lab members commonly attend annual conferences hosted by the American Psychological Association (APA), Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPPAC), Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), just to name a few. Undergraduate research assistants aid with a variety of tasks that help our lab run smoothly, including entering data, scheduling participant visits, conducting literature reviews, planning and executing intervention protocols, and assisting with data collection.


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