Current University: University of Minnesota
Discipline: Educational Psychology
Research Supervisor: Frank Symons
PICH Mentor: Allen Finley
Member since: May 2008
Graduated from PICH April 2014 I am committed to research that explores and improves outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who experience chronic pain. I currently work with children with cerebral palsy, rett syndrome, other MECP2 related syndromes, and children with global developmental delay. I explore pain in these populations by using parent proxy report, observational pain scales and physical examination procedures, and by conducting brief sensory testing.
Barney, C., Krach, L., Rivard, P., Belew, J., & Symons, F. (in press) Motor function predicts parent-reported spasticity pain in children with cerebral palsy. Pain Research & Management.
Burkitt, C., Breau, L., & Zabalia, M. (2011). Parental assessment of pain coping in individuals with Intellectual and developmental disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32, 1564-1571.
Zabalia, M., Breau, L., Burkitt, C., Boinet, E., & Gauché, C. (2010). Stratégies de faire face à la douleur chez des adolescens attaints de déficience intellectuelle. Douleurs, 11(4), 165-170.
Burkitt, C., Breau, L., Salsman, S., Sarsfield-Turner, T., & Mullan, R. (2009). Pilot study of the feasibility of the non-communicating children’s pain checklist - revised for pain assessment for adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Pain Management, 2(1), 37-49.
Breau, L., & Burkitt, C. (2009). Pain assessment in children with cognitive impairment. Pain Research and Management, 14(2), 116-120.