Research

The Pediatric Coping, Health, and Illness Lab aims to examine the relationship between environment, physical and mental health in children and adolescents.  These are some of our current projects.

Psychosocial Stressors and Physical Health Symptoms Predicting Health Behaviors among Undergraduate Students

This project is a collaboration with researchers at Rosalind Franklin University learning about how distal factors such as stressful life events and proximal factors like daily physical health complaints and daily hassles influence undergraduate student health. We are interested in the influence on health behaviors including sleep, physical activity, eating, and substance use.

Pediatric Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Studies

Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) is a heritable disorder of connective tissues that can cause chronic pain. We hope to learn more about how children, adolescents, and families experience and manage hEDS and other pain conditions that interfere with functioning.  One area of focus includes the interaction between parent and child factors.

Stress and Pain Studies

We are interested in how stress influences the experience of pain.  A few of our current projects include secondary analyses of data from a pediatric pain clinic, a pediatric pain research study, and a nationally-representative dataset of adolescents.  Additionally, a subset of participants in our undergraduate study provided saliva samples which will be analyzed in relation to daily measures of stress and physical health symptoms.

We would like to acknowledge our collaborators at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Medical College of Wisconsin, Rosalind Franklin University Medical School, and University of Cincinnati for their support.