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Cynthia Karlson

Current University: University of Mississippi Medical Center
Location: US
Discipline: Clinical Psychology
Research Supervisor: Tonya Palermo
PICH Mentor: Allen Finley
Member since: November 2011

About me/my research:

I received my undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Florida, in Gainesville, FL, and completed my PhD in clinical health psychology from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. I completed my predoctoral internship/residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. My research program focuses on chronic illness and chronic pain conditions in children and adolescents. Collaborating with Dr. David Elkin at UMMC and Dr. Tonya Palermo at the University of Washington, I am currently investigating how both individual (e.g., physical activity, depression) and family factors (e.g., parental emotional health) interact with the experience of pain in children with sickle cell disease and cancer.


Representative Publications:
Karlson, C., Hamilton, N., & Rapoff, M. (2013). Massage on experimental pain in healthy females: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of health psychology.

Karlson, C., Leist-Haynes, S., Smith, M., Faith, M., Elkin, T., & Megason, G. (2012). Longitudinal risk and resiliency in a pediatric sickle cell population. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 37, 1031-1040.

Hamilton, N., Atchley, R., Taylor, D., Karlson, C., & McCurdy, D. (2012). The role of sleep and attention in the etiology and maintenance of fibromyalgia: A diathesis-stress perspective. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 36, 81-93.

Hamilton, N., Affleck, G., Tennen, H., Karlson, C., Luxton, D., Preacher, K., & Templin, J. (2008). Fibromyalgia: The role of sleep in affect and in negative event reactivity and recovery. Health Psychology, 27(4), 490.

Hamilton, N., Catley, D., & Karlson, C. (2007). Sleep and the affective response to stress and pain. Health Psychology, 26(3), 288.