Welcome to the Pediatric Coping, Health, and Illness (CHILL) Lab website! Broadly, our work examines the relationships between environment, physical and mental health in children and adolescents. Our current research projects investigate the relationships between stress and pain, examine health disparities in pediatric chronic pain, study outcomes in youth with chronic illness, and examine factors related to undergraduate health. Meet our team here, and learn about ways to get involved with our research.
Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion Values Statement
We are deeply committed to fostering diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in our lab community, practices, and projects; within our department of psychology; and within the field of pediatric psychology. We are committed to anti-racist practices and value the diversity of individuals and their intersecting identities including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, physical appearance, language, national origin, generation status, socioeconomic status, religion, and spirituality.
(1) We are committed to fostering a community within our lab in which team members feel safe, heard, acknowledged, respected, and supported. We are committed to creating a space in which lab members can develop cultural competency and cultural humility.
(2) Our lab’s work focuses on gaining a better understanding of the various factors that impact the physical and mental health of youth with health conditions and their families. We recognize that our programs of research and the research questions that we examine exist within systems that contribute to health disparities. We are committed to recognizing the impact of these systems on patients and families, to bring awareness to health disparities, and to examine ways of promoting health equity for all children.
(3) We recognize that our research participants, colleagues, trainees, and mentors are systematically impacted by structural racism, heterosexism, cissexism, and ableism. We are committed to supporting those with marginalized identities and working towards systemic change.
Given these shared values/commitments, we have delineated here a non-exhaustive list of our specific goals and action items to prioritize diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in our lab practices. This is an evolving document, and our goals related to these values will be revisited and updated annually.