EDUCATION

Graduate Degree

  • University of Maryland Baltimore County , 2006 , Baltimore , MD

Internship

  • Columbus Children’s Hospital , 2006 , Columbus , OH

Fellowship

  • Columbus Children’s Hospital , 2007 , Columbus , OH

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Dr. McKenna joined the Pediatric Transplant Center in the role of Transplant Psychologist in 2011. She currently holds an Associate Scientific Clinical position at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), is an Associate in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at BCH, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. McKenna is responsible for teaching and supervising psychology interns and fellows, as well as psychiatry fellows, as part of her academic appointment.

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Thomson K, McKenna K, Bedard-Thomas K, Oliva M, Ibeziako P. Behavioral health care in solid organ transplantation in a pediatric setting. Pediatr Transplant. 2018 Aug; 22(5):e13217. View abstract
  2. McKenna K, Gallagher KA, Forbes PW, Ibeziako P. Ready, set, relax: biofeedback-assisted relaxation training (BART) in a pediatric psychiatry consultation service. Psychosomatics. 2015 Jul-Aug; 56(4):381-9. View abstract
  3. Gallagher KA, McKenna K, Ibeziako P. Feasibility and impact of multidisciplinary training of an evidence-based intervention within a pediatric psychiatry consultation service. Acad Psychiatry. 2014 Aug; 38(4):445-50. View abstract
  4. Dahlquist LM, Weiss KE, Clendaniel LD, Law EF, Ackerman CS, McKenna KD. Effects of videogame distraction using a virtual reality type head-mounted display helmet on cold pressor pain in children. J Pediatr Psychol. 2009 Jun; 34(5):574-84. View abstract
  5. Cohen LL, Lemanek K, Blount RL, Dahlquist LM, Lim CS, Palermo TM, McKenna KD, Weiss KE. Evidence-based assessment of pediatric pain. J Pediatr Psychol. 2008 Oct; 33(9):939-55; discussion 956-7. View abstract
  6. Dahlquist LM, McKenna KD, Jones KK, Dillinger L, Weiss KE, Ackerman CS. Active and passive distraction using a head-mounted display helmet: effects on cold pressor pain in children. Health Psychol. 2007 Nov; 26(6):794-801. View abstract