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Allison Smith

Current University: Harvard Medical School
Location: US
Discipline: Clinical Psychology
Research Supervisor: Laura Simons & Deirdre Logan
PICH Mentor: Christine Chambers
Member since: February 2014

About me/my research:

Graduated PICH: August 2014 My research background and clinical training are in the field of pediatric psychology, with particular interests in intersection of anxiety and pain and in the influence of parent factors on child outcomes. As a PhD candidate, I explored child and parent variables influencing the development and maintenance of anxiety, by developing and piloting a cognitive-behavioral intervention for parents of anxious children. My clinical experiences throughout my training highlighted numerous opportunities to expand these research themes to pediatric pain. I’m currently a fellow in the Pain Treatment Service at Boston Children’s Hospital, where my current clinical and research interests include: a) a graded exposure-based treatment outcome study based on the fear-avoidance model, b) validating a number of parent-report measures of pain acceptance, fear of pain, and symptom attributions to better understand how parents’ cognitive and emotional responses to pain influence their behaviors and child functioning, and c) implementing the use of a pediatric pain screening tool in clinics that routinely refer patients to our pain service.

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