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.


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

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

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

Quality of Life

Cushing, C. C., Martinez-Leo, B., Bischoff, A., Dickie, B. H., Hall, J., Helmrath, M., Levitt, M. A., Peña, A., Zeller, M. H., & Frischer, J. S. (2016). Health related quality of life and parental stress in children with fecal incontinence: A normative comparison. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000001201

Jensen, C. D., Cushing, C. C., & Elledge, A. (2014). Associations between teasing, quality of life, and physical activity among preadolescent children. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39, 65-73. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jst086

Cushing, C. C., & Steele, R. G. (2012). Psychometric properties of Sizing Me Up in a community sample of 4th and 5th grade students with overweight and obesity. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 37, 1012-1022. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jss075

Schurman, J. V., Cushing, C. C., Garey, C. L., Laturi, C. A., & St. Peter, S. D. (2011). Quality of life assessment between laparoscopic appendectomy at presentation and interval appendectomy for perforated appendicitis with abscess: Analysis of a prospective, randomized trial. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 46, 1121-1125. doi:10.1016/jpedsurg.2011.03.038

Schurman, J. V., Cushing, C. C., Carpenter, E., & Christenson, K. (2010). Accidental nonadherence to pediatric inflammatory bowel disease treatment plans: Initial investigation of associations with quality of life and disease activity. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 36, 116-125. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsq046 

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