Current University: Vanderbilt University
Discipline: Clinical psychology
Research Supervisor: Lynn Walker
PICH Mentor: Christine Chambers
Member since: May 2013
My research broadly focuses on identifying a subset of pediatric chronic pain patients at greatest risk for long-term pain and disability in adulthood. Specifically, I am interested in both physiological (e.g. central pain processing and autonomic nervous system functioning) and contextual (e.g. parental modeling and responses to pain) mechanisms that drive pain severity and pain-related disability. Identifying this population and understanding these mechanisms will help better target and tailor interventions.
Shelby, G. D., Shirkey, K. C., Sherman, A. L., Beck, J. E., Haman, K., Shears, A. R., Horst, S. N., Smith, C. A., Garber, J., Walker, L. S. (2013). Functional abdominal pain in childhood and long-term vulnerability to anxiety disorders. Pediatrics. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-2191
Sherman, A. L., Bruehl, S., Smith, C. A., & Walker, L. S.(2013). Individual and additive effects of mothers' and fathers' chronic pain on health outcomes in young adults with a childhood history of functional abdominal pain. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 38(4), 365-375.
Walker, L. S., Sherman, A. L., Bruehl, S., Garber, J., & Smith, C. A. (2012). Functional abdominal pain patient subtypes in childhood predict functional gastrointestinal disorders with chronic pain and psychiatric comorbidities in adolescence and adulthood. Pain, 153(9), 1798-1806.