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Amanda Sherman

Current University: Vanderbilt University
Location: US
Discipline: Clinical psychology
Research Supervisor: Lynn Walker
PICH Mentor: Christine Chambers
Member since: May 2013

About me/my research:

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.

Representative Publications:
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.