Christopher C. Cushing, Ph.D.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Applied Behavioral Science
Assistant Professor/Assistant Scientist
Ph.D., Clinical Child Psychology Program (APA Accredited), University of Kansas
Primary office:
Dole Human Development Center
Room 2011
University of Kansas
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045


In 2012 I joined the faculty of the Clinical Psychology Program, in the Department of Psychology at Oklahoma State University at the rank of Assistant Professor. After two years at OSU I accepted an invitation to rejoin the Clinical Child Psychology Program at the University of Kansas as faculty. I am active in the fields of pediatric psychology and health psychology serving on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and American Psychologist.


Ph.D., Clinical Child Psychology Program (APA Accredited), University of Kansas

Residency in Psychology, Behavioral Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

M.S., Clinical Psychology , Missouri State University

B.G.S., Psychology , University of Kansas

Teaching Interests

  • Child Development
  • Behavioral Assessment
  • Pediatric Psychology
  • Social Development


My goals are to leverage digital technology to 1) identify when youth are vulnerable to poor health decision-making and 2) support youth to make positive changes in their health behavior. My long-term vision is that every patient will receive the right treatment, at the right time, and in the right context.

Variables of interest include physical activity, sedentary patterns, dietary behavior and hedonic appetite, chronic abdominal pain, and adherence to medical regimen.

Research Interests

  • Health Behavior
  • EHealth/mHealth
  • Pediatric Psychology


  • American Psychological Association, Division 54, 53, & 38
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine

Selected Publications

Cushing, C. C., Monzon, A. Ortega, A. Bejarano, C. M., & Carlson, J. A. (2019). Commentary: Identifying opportunities for pediatric eHealth and mHealth studies: Physical activity as a case example. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 44, 269-274. DOI:10.1093/jpepsy/jsz005

Cushing, C. C., Fedele, D. A., & Riley, W. T. (2019). Introduction to the coordinated special issue on eHealth/mHealth in pediatric psychology. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 44, 259-262. DOI:10.1093/jpepsy/jsz010

Cushing, C. C., Fedele, D. A., Patton, S. R., McQuaid, E. L., Smyth, J. M., Prabhakaran, S. Gierer, S. Koskela-Staples, N. Ortega, A. Fleming, K. K., & Nezu, A. M. (2019). Responsive asthma care for teens (ReACT): development protocol for an adaptive mobile health intervention for adolescents with asthma. BMJ Open, 9, e030029. DOI:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030029

Cushing, C. C., Mitchell, T. B., Bejarano, C. M., Walters, R. W., Crick, C. J., & Noser, A. E. (2017). Bidirectional associations between psychological states and physical activity in adolescents: A mHealth pilot study. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 42, 559-568. DOI:10.1093/jpepsy/jsw099

Cushing, C. C., Roberts, M. C., & Steele, R. G. (2017). eHealth applications in pediatric psychology. In , Handbook of Pediatric Psychology 5th ed. (pp. 201-211).

Fedele, D. A., Cushing, C. C., Fritz, A. Amaro, C. M., & Ortega, A. (2017). Mobile health interventions for improving health outcomes in youth: A meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatrics, 171, 461-469. DOI:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.0042

Brannon, E. E., Cushing, C. C., Crick, C. J., & Mitchell, T. B. (2016). The promise of wearable sensors and ecological momentary assessment measures for dynamical systems modeling in adolescents: A feasibility and acceptability study . Translational Behavioral Medicine, 6(4), 558-565. DOI:10.1007/s13142-016-0442-4

Brannon, E. E., & Cushing, C. C. (2015). A systematic review: Is there an app for that? Translational science of pediatric behavior change for physical activity and dietary interventions. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40. DOI:10.1093/jpepsy/jsu108

Cushing, C. C., Walters, R. W., & Hoffman, L. (2014). Aggregated N-of-1 randomized controlled trials: Modern data analytics applied to a clinically valid method of intervention effectiveness . Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39, 138-150. DOI:10.1093/jpepsy/jst083

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Selected Work

Selected Grants

Cushing, C. C., (Co-Principal), Fedele, D. A., (Co-Principal), Flemming, K. K., (Co-Investigator), Gierer, S., (Co-Investigator), McQuaid, B. L., (Co-Investigator), Patton, S. R., (Co-Investigator), Prabhakaran, S., (Co-Investigator), ReACT an Adaptive Mobile Health Intervention for Adolescent Asthma, 1R56HL141394-01A1, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health, $775,827, (09/01/2018 - 12/31/2019). Federal. Status: Funded.

Cushing, C. C, (Principal), Pathophysiology and Treatment of Pediatric Functional Abdominal Pain, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, $71,552, (02/01/2015 - 07/31/2019). Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded.

Forbush, K., (Principal), Cushing, C., (Co-Investigator), Gould, S., (Co-Investigator), Computerized Adaptive Test (CAT) Within A Mobile App for Clinician Feedback, National Eating Disorders Association, $50,000, (01/01/2017 - 12/31/2019). Foundation. Status: Funded.

Selected Awards & Honors

Routh Early Career Award in Pediatric Psychology
Society of Pediatric Psychology

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