Carolina Bejarano

BS (2013) Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
MA (2016) University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Primary office:
Dole Human Development Center
Room 2005

My research interests generally focus on understanding and promoting health behavior, such as diet, sleep, and physical activity, in youth. I am interested in examining relationships between health-related behaviors and psychosocial constructs (e.g. affect, motivation), and how this information may be applied to improve children and adolescents’ physical and mental health. Some of my current work focuses on hedonic hunger and how individuals’ fluctuating appetitive drives may relate to other factors, such as dietary motivation, to determine food choices.

Selected Publications

Bejarano, C.M. & Cushing, C.C. (2018). Dietary motivation and hedonic hunger predict palatable food consumption: An intensive longitudinal study of adolescents. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, kax051.

Bejarano, C.M., Cushing, C.C., & Crick, C.J. (2018). Does context predict psychological states and objectively measured activity? An intensive longitudinal study of adolescents. Psychology of Sport and Exercise. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2018.05.008

Cushing, C. C., Bejarano, C. M., Mitchell, T. B., Noser, A. E., & Crick, C. J. (2018). Is there evidence for individual differences in negative affectivity and physical activity across adolescents? An intensive longitudinal data approach. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-8.

Cushing, C.C., Marker, A.M., Bejarano, C.M., Crick, C.J., & Huffhines, L.P. (2017). Latent variable mixture modeling of ecological momentary assessment data: Implications for screening and adolescent mood profiles. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-8. doi:10.1007/s10826-017-0689-5

Cushing, C.C., Mitchell, T.B., Bejarano, C.M., Walters, R.W., Crick, C.J., & Noser, A.E. (2017). Bidirectional associations among subjective states and activity: The role of mood, energy, and fatigue on physical activity and sedentary behavior. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 42, 559-568. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsw099.

Bejarano, C.M., Milkes, A., Hossain, M.J., Argueta-Ortiz, F., & Wysocki, T. (2016). Longitudinal associations of visit satisfaction and treatment alliance with outcomes in pediatric obesity clinic visits. Children’s Health Care. 1-19. doi:10.1080/02739615.2016.1163490

Fallucco, E., Robertson Blackmore, E., Bejarano, C.M., Wysocki, T., Kozikowksi, C., & Gleason, M.M. (2016). Feasibility of screening for preschool behavioral and emotional problems in primary care using the Early Childhood Screening Assessment. Clinical Pediatrics. 1-9. doi: 10.1177/0009922816638077

Wysocki, T., Hirshfield, F., Taylor, A., Milkes, A., Bejarano, C.M., Kozikowski, C.,...Lawson, M. (2016). Consideration of insulin pumps or continuous glucose monitors by adolescents with type 1 diabetes and their parents: Stakeholder engagement in the design of web-based decision aids. The Diabetes Educator. doi:10.1177/0145721716647492

Bejarano, C., Fuzzell, L., Clay, C., Leonard, S., Shirley, E., & Wysocki, T. (2015). Shared decision making in pediatrics: A pilot and feasibility project. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 3, 25-36. doi:10.1037/cpp0000086

Selected Presentations

Bejarano, C.M., Dreyer-Gillette, M.L., Papa, A.E., Hampl, S. (2018, April). Associations Among Parent Feeding Practices and Health Behavior Outcomes: A Cross-Cultural Comparison. Poster presented at 2018 Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Bejarano, C.M., Carlson, J.A., Saelens, B.E., Glanz, K., Couch, S., & Sallis, J. (2017, April).  Examining activity and diet as mediators of the relationship between TV time and BMI in youth. Poster presented at 38th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.

Bejarano, C.M., Cushing, C.C., Noser, A.E., & Monzon, A. (2017, March). An EMA Study of  Sleep, Affect, and Palatable Food Consumption in Adolescents. Poster presented at 2017 Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Portland, OR.

Bejarano, C.M., & Cushing, C.C. (2016, September). Motivation and Hedonic Hunger as  Predictors of Self-Reported Food Intake in Adolescents: Disentangling Between and Within Person Processes. Poster presented at the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Lawrence, KS. 

Bejarano, C.M., Cushing, C.C., Amaro, C.M., Noser, A.E., & Huffhines, L. (2016, April).  Relationships among Dietary Motivation, Hedonic Hunger, and zBMI in a Community Sample of Children and Adolescents. Poster presented at 2016 Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. 

Bejarano, C., Buckloh, L.M., Wysocki, T., Hossain, J., Argueta-Ortiz, F., Blossom, J.B….Hassink, S. (2014, October). Treatment Alliance and BMI in Obesity-specific Pediatric Health Care Visits. Poster presented at the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Lawrence, KS.  

Jones, K., Mahler-Haug, O., Bejarano, C., Lierle, M., Creveling, C.C., Niditch, L., & Varela, R.E. (2012, October). Variations on the Relationship between Physiological and Social Anxiety within a Multi- Ethnic Sample. Poster presented at the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Lawrence, KS.   ​

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