Clinical Child Psychology Program

Selected Publications

Graduate students considering the PHIT lab as an academic home may be interested to review these selected publications. They are organized by thematic areas, and may help applicants to understand the PHIT lab interest in these areas.


Cushing, C. C., Fedele, D. A., Patton, S. R., McQuaid, E. L., Smyth, J. M., Prabhakaran, S., Gierer, S., . . . Nezu, A. M. (2019). Responsive asthma care for teens (ReACT): Development protocol for an adaptive mobile health intervention for adolescents with asthma. BMJ Open, 9, e030029. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030029

Cushing, C. C., Monzon, A., Ortega, A., Bejarano, C., & Carlson, J. A. (2019). Identifying opportunities for pediatric eHealth and mHealth studies: Physical activity as a case example. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 44(3), 269-274. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsz005

Bejarano, C. M., Cushing, C. C., & Crick, C. J. (2019). Does context predict psychological states and activity? An ecological momentary assessment pilot study of adolescents. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 41, 146–152. doi:0.1016/J.PSYCHSPORT.2018.05.008

Brannon, E. E., Cushing, C. C., Walters, R. W., Crick, C., Noser, A. E., & Mullins, L. L. (2018). Goal feedback from whom? A physical activity intervention using an N-of-1 RCT. Psychology & Health, 33(6), 701–712. doi:10.1080/08870446.2017.1385783

Cushing, C. C., Bejarano, C. M., Mitchell, T. B., Noser, A. E., & Crick, C. J. (2018). Individual Differences in Negative Affectivity and Physical Activity in Adolescents: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27(9), 2772–2779. doi:10.1007/s10826-018-1128-y

Cushing, C. C., Fedele, D., Brannon, E., Kichline, T. (2018). What theoretical domain framework elements do parents want in a pediatric health behavior app?: A crowdsourced social validity study. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 6(12), e192-201.​

Fedele, D. A., Cushing, C. C., Fritz, A., Amaro, C. M., & Ortega, A. (2017). Mobile health interventions for improving health outcomes in youth: A meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatrics. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.0042

Cushing, C. C., Mitchell, T. B., Bejarano, C. M., Walters, R. W., Crick, C. J., & Noser, A. E. (2017). Bidirectional associations between psychological states and physical activity in adolescents: A mHealth pilot study. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsw099

Cushing, C. C. (2017). eHealth applications in pediatric psychology. In M. C. Roberts & R. G. Steele (Eds.), Handbook of Pediatric Psychology 5th ed. (pp. 201-211). ISBN: 9781462529780

Cushing, C. C., Marker, A. M., Bejarano, C. M., Crick, C. J., & Huffhines, L. P. (2017). Latent variable mixture modeling of ecological momentary assessment data: Implications for screening and adolescent mood profiles. Journal of Child and Family Studies. doi:10.1007/s10826-017-0689-5

Brannon, E. E., Cushing, C. C., Crick, C. J., & Mitchell, T. B. (2016). The promise of wearable sensors and ecological momentary assessment measures for dynamical systems modeling in adolescents: A feasibility and acceptability study. Translational Behavioral Medicine. doi:10.1007/s13142-016-0442-4

Brannon, E. E., & Cushing, C. C. (2015). A systematic review: Is there an app for that? Translational science of pediatric behavior change for physical activity and dietary interventions. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40, 373-384. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsu108

Cushing, C. C., & Suorsa, K. I. (2014). Intensive treatments for pediatric obesity: An acceptability analogue study. Children’s Health Care, 43(3), 169-185. doi:10.1080/02739615.2013.837823

Cushing, C. C., & Steele, R. G. (2010). A meta-analytic review of eHealth interventions for pediatric health promoting and maintaining behaviors. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 35, 937-949. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsq023

Cushing, C. C., Jensen, C. D., & Steele, R. G. (2010). An evaluation of a personal electronic device to enhance self-monitoring adherence in a pediatric weight management program using a multiple baseline design. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 36, 301-307. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsq074

Hedonic Hunger and Food Craving

Bejarano, C. M., & Cushing, C. C. (2018). Dietary Motivation and Hedonic Hunger Predict Palatable Food Consumption: An Intensive Longitudinal Study of Adolescents. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 52(9), 773–786. doi:10.1093/abm/kax051

Mitchell, T. B., Cushing, C. C., & Amaro, C. M. (2016). Psychometric properties of the power of food scale in a community sample of preadolescents and adolescents. Journal of Child and Family Studies. doi: 10.1007/s10826-016-0444-3

Cushing, C. C., Peugh, J. L., Brode, C. S., Inge, T. H., Benoit, S. C., & Zeller, M. H. (2014). Longitudinal trends in food cravings following roux-en-y gastric bypass in an adolescent sample. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. doi:10.1016/j.soard.2014.05.035

Cushing, C. C., Benoit, S. C., Peugh, J. L., Reiter-Purtill, J., Inge, T. H., & Zeller, M. H. (2014). Longitudinal trends in hedonic hunger following Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass in adolescents. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 10(1), 125-130. doi:10.1016/j.soard.2013.05.009

Pain and Pain Conditions

Kichline, T., Cushing, C.C., Ortega, A., Friesen, C., & Schurman, J. (2019). Associations between physical activity and chronic pain intensity in youth with chronic abdominal pain. Clinical Journal of Pain, 35(7), 618-624. ​doi:10.1097/AJP.0000000000000716

Kichline, T. & Cushing, C. C. (2018). A systematic review and quantitative analysis on the impact of aerobic exercise on pain intensity in children with chronic pain. Children’s Health Care48 (2), 244-261. doi:10.1080/02739615.2018.1531756

Ramsey, R. R., Cushing, C. C., Ryan, J. L., Gillaspy, S. R., Mullins, L. L., & Chaney, J. M. (2014). Barriers to care, illness intrusiveness, and depressive symptoms in youth with juvenile rheumatic diseases. Children’s Health Care, 43(4), 293-307. doi:10.1080/02739615.2013.865187

Cushing, C. C., Friesen, C. A., & Schurman, J. V. (2012). Collaboration with medical professionals in clinical practice: Pediatric abdominal pain as a test case. Families, Systems, and Health, 30, 279-90. doi:10.1037/a0030465

Branstetter, A. D., Cushing, C., & Douleh, T. (2009). Pain tolerance: Testing the effects of personal values in the context of acceptance. Journal of Pain, 10, 887-892. doi:10.1016/j.jpain.2009.01.001

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