The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences at
Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics is dedicated to advancing
Current and Recent Studies
- Drug study for the treatment of Tourette Syndrome.
- Testing the efficacy of a group motivational interviewing
session to reduce risky driving behaviors among adolescents called
"Reducing Driving Offenses of Adolescent Drinkers."
- Study applying process-coding methodology to link
moment-by-moment interactions between therapist and patient with
treatment outcomes of motivational interviewing. Findings will
be utilized to enhance training efforts called "Sequential and
Component Analysis of MI Mechanisms with College Drinkers."
- "Ask me where it hurts: Developing a standardized approach to
the assessment of pain in pediatric rheumatology." Study involving
the development and testing of a standardized pain assessment for
use in rheumatology practice across the United States and
- "Real-time assessment of headache triggers in children." Pilot
program using real-time electronic diaries and multilevel models to
evaluate potential psychosocial, dietary and weather-related
triggers of headache in children.
- "Pediatric abdominal pain: Examination of interdisciplinary
collaboration in clinic practice." Poster accepted for presentation
at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association
in San Diego, Calif.
- Development of an Internet-based headache management system for
- Using electronic diaries to assess in real-time the patterns,
consequences and moderators of pain in children with juvenile
- Study to develop and evaluate a web-based data collection
system for monitoring treatment response in children and
adolescents being treated for chronic-pain disorders.
- Pilot study to assess the efficacy of biofeedback-assisted
relaxation training as an adjunct treatment for pediatric
functional dyspepsia associated with duodenal eosinophilia.