Clinical Child Psychology Program

Christopher Cushing

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Dr. Cushing is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Child Psychology Program (CCPP) and the director of the Pediatric Health Insight Team.  Dr. Cushing’s research aims to deliver on the promise of digital technology to understand and improve pediatric health behavior. The long-term goal of this work is to use digital technology to improve the physical and mental health of children and their families by influencing key behaviors such as diet, physical activity, and sleep. In working toward this goal recently, his work has focused on developing digital assessment tools and research methodologies capable of fully harnessing the potential and novel impact of digital technologies. The core of Dr. Cushing’s research uses smartphones and sensors to gather and make inferences using a large number of data points from a given individual (in addition to leveraging group-level data).  Dr. Cushing also has an interest in measure development, and has collaborated with several groups to help develop clinical tools to assess pediatric Health-Related Quality of Life. In addition to the core mission of the PHIT Lab, Dr. Cushing has interest and expertise in motivational interviewing and pediatric psychology theory and research methodology. Students interested in these areas are encouraged to review Dr. Cushing’s CV. 

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