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Pediatric Psychology Lab

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The pediatric psychology lab at EMU is directed by Catherine Peterson, Ph.D., who is on the clinical psychology training faculty in the department of psychology at EMU. Dr. Peterson earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University with an emphasis on child health and pediatric psychology, and she has trained and worked in a number of academic medical settings and on staff at children's hospitals. Her research interests generally focus on the examination of the family and psychosocial impact of childhood medical conditions, particularly in those conditions where there is a significant neurocognitive or academic component, underscoring the importance of a systems-based approach to managing children's health conditions.

Current research projects in the pediatric psychology lab include:

- Family impact of neurocognitive outcomes in childhood cancer survivors, including assessment of parent information needs and intervention preferences
- Family impact and psychosocial outcomes in children with severe food allergies
- Cognitive functioning in children and adolescents with chronic headache, including assessment of executive functioning, parent factors, and pain coping outcomes

For more information about the pediatric psychology lab, please e-mail Dr. Peterson at cpeter39@emich.edu