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Pediatric Psychology Research at Connecticut Children’s

Connecticut Children’s Division of Pediatric Psychology is focused on improving children’s mental health through research and innovation. Our pediatric psychologists are involved with improving treatment options, testing new therapies, enhancing current treatments, finding ways to engage families, and training the next generation of providers.

Featured Publications

Pediatric Psychology

  1. LaVigne, T., Laake, L. & Ibeziako, P. (2020). Somatic symptom and related disorders in pediatric patients: Associations with parent psychiatric and substance use history.  Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 1-13.
  2. Mulchan, S.S. (2020). Where we should go from here: A brief commentary on the role of pediatric psychology in changing racial inequality. Progress Notes, 44(3).  
  3. Santos, M. (2020). Co-Guest Editor.  Journal of Pediatric Psychology:  Special Issue on Addressing Health Disparities in Pediatric Psychology 
  4. Mulchan, S. S., Signore, A., Reiss, M., Olezeski, C. L., & Santos, M. (2021). Motivational interviewing to navigate ethical considerations for youth facing stigma in health care settings. Journal of Health Service Psychology47(3), 129-136.
  5. Mulchan, S.S., Wakefield, E., Santos, M. (2020). What COVID-19 teaches us about implicit bias in pediatric health care. Journal of pediatric psychology, jsaa131. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpepsy/jsaa131


  1. Jerson B., Lamparyk K., van Tilburg MAL. (2019) A review of psychological treatments for vomiting associated with paediatric functional gastrointestinal disorders. Current Opinion in Pediatrics


  1. Mulchan, S. S., Wakefield, E. O., Martin, S. R., Ayr-Volta, L., Krenicki, K., & Zempsky, W. T. (2021). Navigating Ethical Challenges for Pediatric Sickle Cell Pain Management in the Context of the Opioid Epidemic. The Clinical Journal of Pain. doi: 10.1097/AJP.000000000000100

Pain Management

  1. Guite, J., & Reiss, M. (2020). Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In A. Starkweather & P. McCauley (Eds.), Pain management for advanced practice: Multimodal approaches (pp. 61-81). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.

Weight Management

  1. Santos, M. (2020).  The offspring of parents undergoing a weight loss surgery: A systematic review.  Invited Commentary.
  2. Santos, M. & Finck, C. (2020) Support group for adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery: Preliminary data and suggestions for practitioners.  Bariatric Times.
  3. Santos, M. Gorin, A., Thaker, S. & Zempsky, W. (2020) Pain and obesity: Relationships and initial tool validation. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology.
  4. Santos, M. (2020) The Inclusion of Mental Health Factors into the Resumption of Bariatric Surgery.   Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
  5. Skinner AC, Xu H, Christison A, Neshteruk C, Cuda S, Santos M, Yee JK, Thomas L, King E, Kirk S; POWER Work Group. Patient Retention in Pediatric Weight Management Programs in the United States: Analyses of Data from the Pediatrics Obesity Weight Evaluation Registry. Child Obes. 2021 Aug 20. doi: 10.1089/chi.2021.0092. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34415779.
  6. Mackey ER, Burton ET, Cadieux A, Getzoff E, Santos M, Ward W, Beck AR. Addressing Structural Racism Is Critical for Ameliorating the Childhood Obesity Epidemic in Black Youth. Child Obes. 2021 Sep 2. doi: 10.1089/chi.2021.0153. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34491828.
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