MEDICAL SERVICES

Philosophy of Care

It is a privilege to be a part of a family's journey from disability to wellness through my work as a pediatric psychologist in a pain rehabilitation setting. My treatment focuses on supporting children and families in the development of self-management skills for pain and stress with the goal of increasing a child's ability to engage in their life more fully. I utilize a collaborative approach, influenced by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) interventions and an emphasis on the child as part of a larger system, including family, peers, school and community.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

My professional history includes both formal education and clinical training experiences with children across various diagnoses and levels of care. Following my degree in psychology from Colby College. I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, with a clinical specialty in health psychology. During my graduate education, I pursued clinical training experiences at Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children's Hospital and Shriner's Burn Hospital, followed by a pre-doctoral internship training with a pediatric psychology specialty focus at the Denver Children's Hospital. I completed my post-doctoral fellowship training at Boston Children's Hospital, providing consultation to the medical floors and outpatient services through the Medical Coping Clinic.

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Does intensive interdisciplinary pain treatment improve pediatric headache-related disability? Disabil Rehabil. 2020 May 14; 1-8. View abstract
  2. The biopsychosocial model of pain in the context of pediatric burn injuries. Eur J Pain. 2019 03; 23(3):421-434. View abstract
  3. Back to Living: Long-term Functional Status of Pediatric Patients Who Completed Intensive Interdisciplinary Pain Treatment. Clin J Pain. 2018 10; 34(10):890-899. View abstract
  4. Feeling the Pressure to Be Perfect: Effect on Pain-Related Distress and Dysfunction in Youth With Chronic Pain. J Pain. 2018 04; 19(4):418-429. View abstract
  5. Children With Chronic Pain: Response Trajectories After Intensive Pain Rehabilitation Treatment. J Pain. 2018 02; 19(2):207-218. View abstract
  6. Photographs of Daily Activities-Youth English: validating a targeted assessment of worry and anticipated pain. Pain. 2017 05; 158(5):912-921. View abstract
  7. Changes in sleep habits in adolescents during intensive interdisciplinary pediatric pain rehabilitation. J Youth Adolesc. 2015 Feb; 44(2):543-55. View abstract
  8. Ecological system influences in the treatment of pediatric chronic pain. Pain Res Manag. 2012 Nov-Dec; 17(6):407-11. View abstract
  9. What does it take? Comparing intensive rehabilitation to outpatient treatment for children with significant pain-related disability. J Pediatr Psychol. 2013 Mar; 38(2):213-23. View abstract
  10. Fear of pain in the context of intensive pain rehabilitation among children and adolescents with neuropathic pain: associations with treatment response. J Pain. 2012 Dec; 13(12):1151-61. View abstract
  11. Changes in willingness to self-manage pain among children and adolescents and their parents enrolled in an intensive interdisciplinary pediatric pain treatment program. Pain. 2012 Sep; 153(9):1863-1870. View abstract