Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1998
Research and Clinical Interests
My grant-funded research program is in the field of pediatric psychology, which involves the interplay between clinical child psychology and pediatric medicine. A long-standing area of interest in the lab is the assessment and treatment of children’s acute medical pain (e.g., injections, bone fracture casting). In addition, we are examining children’s chronic pain, with a particular interest in evaluating mindfulness and acceptance-based treatments to help adolescents live vital lives with pain.
Student-directed projects span a range of child health issues including yoga for pediatric arthritis, the influence of the political climate on the medical adherence of Latino youth with diabetes, the interplay of anxiety and neuropsychological functioning in children with sickle cell disease, parent-child interactions during recovery from surgery, and the behavior of Latino families during immunization injections.
In concert with my research interests, my clinical interests involve children with medical issues. For example, through a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) training grant, I supervise graduate students who are funded to work with children with medical conditions (e.g., cancer, sickle cell) at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta children’s hospitals. In the department clinic, I supervise students assessing and treating children, adolescents, and families presenting with a range of issues. I also treat a small number of clients in my off-campus private practice. Paralleling my approach to research, I examine and often target for treatment the larger environment (e.g., home, school, community) within which the client resides. My research and clinical work is grounded in an evidence-based practice approach and my behavioral orientation.
Representative Recent Publications (*indicates student co-author)
*Lim, C. S., *Welkom, J., Cohen, L. L., & Osunkwo, I. (2012). The protective role of racial identity in children with sickle cell disease. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.
*Bearden, D. B., *Feinstein, A. B., & Cohen, L. L. (2012). The influence of parent pre-procedural anxiety on child procedural pain: Mediation by child procedural anxiety. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 37, 680-686.
Baxter, A. L., Cohen, L. L., Lawson, M. L., & von Baeyer, C. L. (2011). An integration of vibration and cold relieves venipuncture pain in a pediatric emergency department. Pediatric Emergency Care, 27, 1151-1156.
*Dotson, K., Masuda, A., & Cohen, L. L. (2011). Disordered eating cognitions as predictors of attitudes toward seeking professional psychological services. International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, 33, 225-234.
*Feinstein, A. B., Forman, E. M., Masuda, A., Cohen, L. L., Herbert, J. D., Moorthy, L. N., & Goldsmith, D. (2011). Pain intensity, psychological inflexibility, and acceptance of pain as predictor of functioning in adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis: A preliminary investigation. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 18, 291-298.
Masuda, A., Cohen, L. L., Wicksell, R., Kemani, M. K., & Johnson, A. (2011). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for pediatric sickle cell disease: A case study. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 36, 398-408.
Cohen, L. L., Vowles, K. E., & Eccleston, C. (2010). Parenting an adolescent with chronic pain: An investigation of how a taxonomy of adolescent functioning relates to parent distress. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 35, 748-757.
Cohen, L. L., Vowles, K. E., & Eccleston, C. (2010). The impact of adolescent chronic pain on functioning: Disentangling the complex role of anxiety. Journal of Pain, 11, 1039-1046.
Cohen, L. L., Vowles, K. E., & Eccleston, C. (2010). Adolescent chronic pain-related functioning: Concordance and discordance of mother-proxy and self-report ratings. The European Journal of Pain, 14, 882-886.
Vowles, K. E., Cohen, L. L., McCracken, L. M., & Eccleston, C. (2010). Disentangling the complex relations among caregivers and adolescent responses to adolescent chronic pain. Pain, 151, 680-686.
Sadhasivam, S., Cohen, L. L., Hosu, L., Gorman, G., Wang, Y., Nick, T. G., Fang Jou, J., Samol, N., Szabova, A., Hagerman, N., Hein, E., Boat, A., Varughese, A., Kurth, C. D., Willging, P., & Gunter, J. (2010). Real-time assessment of perioperative behaviors in children and parents: Development and validation of the perioperative adult child behavioral interaction scale. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 110, 1109-1115.
*Cobb, J. E., & Cohen, L. L. (2009). A randomized controlled trial the ShotBlocker® for children’s immunization distress. Clinical Journal of Pain, 25, 790-796.
Cohen, L. L., *MacLaren, J. E., *DeMore, M., *Fortson, B., *Friedman, A., *Lim, C. L., & Gangaram, B. (2009). A randomized controlled trial of vapocoolant for pediatric immunization distress relief. Clinical Journal of Pain, 25, 490-494.
Mularoni, P. P., Cohen, L. L., DeGuzman, M., *Mennuti-Washburn, J., Greenwald, M., & Simon, H. K. (2009). A randomized clinical trial of lidocaine gel for reducing infant distress during urethral catheterization. Pediatric Emergency Care, 25, 439-443.
*McClellan, C. B., Cohen, L. L., & Moffett, K. (2009). Time-out based discipline strategy for children’s noncompliance with cystic fibrosis treatment. Disability and Rehabilitation, 31, 327-336.
*Bernard, R. S., Cohen, L. L., & Moffett, K. (2009). A token economy for exercise adherence in pediatric cystic fibrosis: A single-subject analysis. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 34, 354-365.
Sadhasivam, S., Cohen, L. L., Szabova, A., Varughese, A., Kurth, C. D., Willging, P., Wang, Y, Nick, T. G., & Gunter, J. (2009). Real-time assessment of perioperative behaviors and prediction of perioperative outcomes. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 108, 822-826.
*Vlahou, C. V., Cohen, L. L., *Woods, A., Gold, B., & Lewis, J. (2008). Age and Body Satisfaction Predict Diet Adherence in Adolescents with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 15, 278-286.
Cohen, L. L. (2008). Behavioral approaches to anxiety and pain management for pediatric venous access. Pediatrics, 122, s1134-s139.
*Jones, T., *DeMore, M., Cohen, L. L., O’Connell, C., & Jones, D. J. (2008). Childhood healthcare experience, healthcare attitudes, and optimism as predictors of adolescents’ healthcare behavior. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 15, 234-240.
Blount, R. L., Simons, L. E., Devine, K. A., Jaaniste, T., Cohen, L. L., Chambers, C. T., & Hayutin, L. G. (2008). Evidence-Based Assessment of Coping and Stress in Pediatric Psychology. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 33, 1021-1045.
Cohen, L. L., Lemanek, K., Blount, R. L., Dahlquist, L. M., *Lim, C. S., Palermo, T. M., McKenna, K. D., Weiss, K. E. (2008). Evidence-Based assessment of pediatric pain. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 33, 939-955.
Cohen, L. L., La Greca, A. M., Blount, R. L., Kazak, A. E., Holmbeck, G. N., & Lemanek, K. L. (2008). Introduction to special issue: Evidence-based assessment in pediatric psychology. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 33, 911-915.
*MacLaren, J. E., Cohen, L. L., Larkin, K. T., & Shelton, E. (2008). Training nursing students in evidence-based behavioral pediatric pain management techniques. Journal of Nursing Education, 47, 351-358.