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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents(Oxford University Press, 2012) provides a practical guide for implementing cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for children and their families coping with the consequences of persisting pain.


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Managing Your Child’s Chronic Pain

Managing Your Child’s Chronic Pain (Oxford University Press, 2015) is the first book for parents of children with chronic pain providing instructions on how to use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for pain management. It uses real-life stories, quotes and vignettes of children with chronic pain and their families. It allows parents of children with chronic pain to learn many of the same strategies and approaches that are taught by psychologists who work in specialized pediatric pain clinics.

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Selected Publications

iCanCope with Sickle Cell Pain: Design of a randomized controlled trial of a smartphone and web-based pain self-management program for youth with sickle cell disease. Palermo TM, Zempsky WT, Dampier CD, Lalloo C, Hundert AS, Murphy LK, Bakshi N, Stinson JN.  Contemp Clin Trials. 2018 Nov;74:88-96.

Hybrid Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Intervention for Adolescents With Co-Occurring Migraine and Insomnia: A Single-Arm Pilot Trial. Law EF, Wan Tham S, Aaron RV, Dudeney J, Palermo TM.  Headache. 2018.

Editorial: Making the Move to Single-Blinding in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Palermo TM.  J Pediatr Psychol. 2018 Nov 1;43(10):1069-1071.

Mobile health intervention for self-management of adolescent chronic pain (WebMAP mobile): Protocol for a hybrid effectiveness-implementation cluster randomized controlled trial.  Palermo TM, de la Vega R, Dudeney J, Murray C, Law E.  Contemp Clin Trials. 2018 Nov;74:55-60.

Racial differences in opioid prescribing for children in the United States. Groenewald CB, Rabbitts JA, Hansen EE, Palermo TM. Pain. 2018 Oct;159(10):2050-2057.

Waiting for a Pediatric Chronic Pain Clinic Evaluation: A Prospective Study Characterizing Waiting Times and Symptom Trajectories. Palermo TM, Slack M, Zhou C, Aaron R, Fisher E, Rodriguez S.  J Pain. 2018 Oct 4.

Effect on Health Care Costs for Adolescents Receiving Adjunctive Internet-Delivered Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial. Law EF, Groenewald CB, Zhou C, Palermo TM. J Pain. 2018 Aug;19(8):910-919.

Current pain management strategies for patients with erythromelalgia: a critical review. Tham SW, Giles M. J Pain Res. 2018 Aug 30;11:1689-1698.

Associations Between Adolescent Chronic Pain and Prescription Opioid Misuse in Adulthood. Groenewald CB, Law EF, Fisher E, Beals-Erickson SE, Palermo TM. J Pain. 2018 Aug 9.

Feasibility and Acceptability of Internet-delivered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain in Adolescents With Sickle Cell Disease and Their Parents. Palermo TM, Dudeney J, Santanelli JP, Carletti A, Zempsky WT.  J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2018 Mar;40(2):122-127.

Editorial: Initiatives and Goals for the Next 5 Years of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Palermo TM. J Pediatr Psychol. 2018 Jan 1;43(1):1-4.

Postsurgical pain in children: unraveling the interplay between child and parent psychosocial factors. Rabbitts, J.A., Fisher, E. PAIN, 158(10):1847-1848, 2017.

Longitudinal change in parent and child functioning after internet-delivered cognitive-behavioral therapy for chronic pain. Law EF, Fisher E, Howard WJ, Levy R, Ritterband L, Palermo TM.  Pain. 2017 Oct;158(10):1992-2000.

A Single-Arm Feasibility Trial of Problem-Solving Skills Training for Parents of Children with Idiopathic Chronic Pain Conditions Receiving Intensive Pain Rehabilitation. Law EF, Fales JL, Beals-Erickson SE, Failo A, Logan D, Randall E, Weiss K, Durkin L, Palermo TM. J Pediatr Psychol. 2017 May 1;42(4):422-433.

Prevalence and predictors of chronic postsurgical pain in children: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Rabbitts, J.A., Fisher, E., Rosenbloom, B.N., Palermo, T.M. J Pain 18(6):605-614, 2017.

Longitudinal and temporal associations between daily pain and sleep patterns after major pediatric surgery. Rabbitts, J.A., Zhou, C., Narayanan, A., Palermo, T.M. J Pain 18(6):656-663, 2017.

Between fire and ice: refractory hypothermia and warmth-induced pain in inherited erythromelalgia. Tham SW, Li L, Effraim P, Waxman S.  BMJ Case Rep. 2017 Jul 26;2017.

Long-term pain and recovery after major pediatric surgery: A qualitative study with teens, parents, and perioperative care providers. Rabbitts, J.A., Aaron, R.V., Fisher, E., Lang, E.A., Bridgwater, C., Tai, G.G., Palermo, T.M.  J Pain 18(7):778-786, 2017.

A population-based study of quantitative sensory testing in adolescents with and without chronic pain. Tham SW, Palermo TM, Holley AL, Zhou C, Stubhaug A, Furberg AS, Nielsen CS. Pain. 2016 Dec; 157(12):2807-2815.

Presurgical psychosocial predictors of acute postsurgical pain and quality of life in children undergoing major surgery. Rabbitts, J.A., Groenewald, C.B., Ghafari Tai, G., and Palermo, T.M. J Pain. 16(3):226-34, 2015.

Remembering Pain after Surgery: A Longitudinal Examination of the Role of Pain Catastrophizing in Children’s and Parents’ Recall. Noel, M., Rabbitts, J.A., Tai, G.G., and Palermo, T.M. PAIN. 156(5):800-8, 2015.

Trajectories of postsurgical pain in children: risk factors and impact of late pain recovery on long-term health outcomes after major surgery. Rabbitts, J.A., Zhou, C., Groenewald, C.B., Durkin, L.K., Palermo, T.M. PAIN. 156(11):2383-9, 2015.

Systematic review and meta-analysis of parent and family-based interventions for children and adolescents with chronic medical conditions. Law EF, Fisher E, Fales J, Noel M, Eccleston C. J Pediatr Psychol. 2014 Sep;39(8):866-86.

Systematic review of family functioning in families of children and adolescents with chronic pain. Lewandowski AS, Palermo TM, Stinson J, Handley S, Chambers CT. J Pain. 2010 Nov;11 (11):1027-38.

Behavioral and psychosocial factors associated with insomnia in adolescents with chronic pain. Palermo TM, Wilson AC, Lewandowski AS, Toliver-Sokol M, Murray CB. Pain. 2010 Oct 26.

Temporal daily associations between pain and sleep in adolescents with chronic pain versus healthy adolescents. Lewandowski AS, Palermo TM, De la Motte S, Fu R. Pain. 2010 Oct;151 (1):220-5. Epub 2010 Aug 16.

Randomized controlled trial of an Internet-delivered family cognitive-behavioral therapy intervention for children and adolescents with chronic pain. Palermo TM, Wilson AC, Peters M, Lewandowski A, Somhegyi H. Pain. 2009 Nov; 146 (1-2):205-13.

Daily changes in pain, mood and physical function in children hospitalized for sickle cell disease pain. Zempsky WT, Palermo TM, Corsi JM, Lewandowski AS, Zhou C, Casella JF. Pain Res Manag. 2013 Jan-Feb;18 (1):33-8.

The importance of the family environment in pediatric chronic pain. Palermo TM, Holley AL. JAMA Pediatr. 2013 Jan;167 (1):93-4. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.428. No abstract available.

A systematic review of sleep in pediatric pain populations. Valrie CR, Bromberg MH, Palermo T, Schanberg LE. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2013 Feb;34 (2):120-8. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0b013e31827d5848. Review.

Factor structure of the children's depression inventory in a multisite sample of children and adolescents with chronic pain. Logan DE, Claar RL, Guite JW, Kashikar-Zuck S, Lynch-Jordan A, Palermo TM, Wilson AC, Zhou C. J Pain. 2013 Jul;14 (7):689-98. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2013.01.777. Epub 2013 Apr 30.

Applications of laboratory pain methodologies in research with children and adolescents: emerging research trends. Wilson AC, Holley AL, Palermo TM. Pain. 2013 Aug;154 (8):1166-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2013.04.014. Epub 2013 Apr 9. No abstract available.

Validation of the sickle cell disease pain burden interview-youth. Zempsky WT, O'Hara EA, Santanelli JP, Palermo TM, New T, Smith-Whitley K, Casella JF. J Pain. 2013 Sep;14 (9):975-82. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2013.03.007. Epub 2013 May 20.

Current smoking as a predictor of chronic musculoskeletal pain in young adult twins. Holley AL, Law EF, Tham SW, Myaing M, Noonan C, Strachan E, Palermo TM. J Pain. 2013 Oct;14 (10):1131-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2013.04.012. Epub 2013 Jul 1.

Persistent pain in adolescents following traumatic brain injury. Tham SW, Palermo TM, Wang J, Jaffe KM, Temkin N, Durbin D, Rivara FP. J Pain. 2013 Oct;14 (10):1242-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2013.05.007. Epub 2013 Aug 2.

Psychological interventions for needle-related procedural pain and distress in children and adolescents. Uman LS, Birnie KA, Noel M, Parker JA, Chambers CT, McGrath PJ, Kisely SR. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Oct 10;10:CD005179. doi: 0.1002/14651858.CD005179.pub3. Review.

Longitudinal course and risk factors for fatigue in adolescents: the mediating role of sleep disturbances. Tham SW, Holley AL, Zhou C, Clarke GN, Palermo TM. J Pediatr Psychol. 2013 Nov;38 (10):1070-80. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jst051. Epub 2013 Jul 16.

Factorial validity of the English-language version of the Pain Catastrophizing Scale--child version. Parkerson HA, Noel M, Pagé MG, Fuss S, Katz J, Asmundson GJ. J Pain. 2013 Nov;14 (11):1383-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2013.06.004. Epub 2013 Sep 5

Sleep Outcomes in Youth With Chronic Pain Participating in a Randomized Controlled Trial of Online Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Pain Management. Fales J, Palermo TM, Law EF, Wilson AC. Behav Sleep Med. 2014 Jan 31. [Epub ahead of print]

Self-reported pain and disease symptoms persist in juvenile idiopathic arthritis despite treatment advances: an electronic diary study. Bromberg MH, Connelly M, Anthony KK, Gil KM, Schanberg LE. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2014 Feb;66 (2):462-9. doi: 10.1002/art.38223.

Family and parent influences on pediatric chronic pain: a developmental perspective. Palermo TM, Valrie CR, Karlson CW. Am Psychol. 2014 Feb-Mar;69 (2):142-52. doi: 10.1037/a0035216. Review.

Bidirectional associations between pain and physical activity in adolescents. Rabbitts JA, Holley AL, Karlson CW, Palermo TM. Clin J Pain. 2014 Mar;30 (3):251-8. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0b013e31829550c6.

Long-term outcomes of adolescents with juvenile-onset fibromyalgia in early adulthood. Kashikar-Zuck S, Cunningham N, Sil S, Bromberg MH, Lynch-Jordan AM, Strotman D, Peugh J, Noll J, Ting TV, Powers SW, Lovell DJ, Arnold LM. Pediatrics. 2014 Mar;133 (3):e592-600. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-2220. Epub 2014 Feb 24.

Examination of the Factor Structure of the Adolescent Sleep-Wake Scale (ASWS). Essner B, Noel M, Myrvik M, Palermo T. Behav Sleep Med. 2014 Apr 17:1-12. [Epub ahead of print]

Parent pain and catastrophizing are associated with pain, somatic symptoms, and pain-related disability among early adolescents. Wilson AC, Moss A, Palermo TM, Fales JL. J Pediatr Psychol. 2014 May;39 (4):418-26. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jst094. Epub 2013 Dec 24.

When helping hurts: miscarried helping in families of youth with chronic pain. Fales JL, Essner BS, Harris MA, Palermo TM. J Pediatr Psychol. 2014 May;39 (4):427-37. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsu003. Epub 2014 Feb 11.

Psychological therapies for the management of chronic and recurrent pain in children and adolescents. Eccleston C, Palermo TM, Williams AC, Lewandowski Holley A, Morley S, Fisher E, Law E. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014 May 5;5:CD003968. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD003968.pub4.

Psychological therapies (remotely delivered) for the management of chronic and recurrent pain in children and adolescents. Fisher E, Law E, Palermo TM, Eccleston C. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014 May 14;2014. pii: CD011118.

Commentary: pediatric eHealth interventions: common challenges during development, implementation, and dissemination. Wu YP, Steele RG, Connelly MA, Palermo TM, Ritterband LM. J Pediatr Psychol. 2014 Jul;39 (6):612-23. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsu022. Epub 2014 May 10.

Systematic review and meta-analysis of psychological therapies for children with chronic pain. Fisher E, Heathcote L, Palermo TM, de C Williams AC, Lau J, Eccleston C. J Pediatr Psychol. 2014 Sep;39 (8):763-82. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsu008. Epub 2014 Mar 6.

Evidence-based interventions in pediatric psychology: progress over the decades. Palermo TM. J Pediatr Psychol. 2014 Sep;39 (8):753-62. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsu048. Epub 2014 Jul 4.

The economic costs of chronic pain among a cohort of treatment-seeking adolescents in the United States. Groenewald CB, Essner BS, Wright D, Fesinmeyer MD, Palermo TM. J Pain. 2014 Sep;15 (9):925-33. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2014.06.002. Epub 2014 Jun 19.

Development and Validation of the Youth Acute Pain Functional Ability Questionnaire (YAPFAQ). Zempsky WT, O'Hara EA, Santanelli JP, New T, Smith-Whitley K, Casella J, Palermo TM. J Pain. 2014 Sep 29. pii: S1526-5900 (14)00935-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2014.09.008. [Epub ahead of print]

Systematic review and meta-analysis of distraction and hypnosis for needle-related pain and distress in children and adolescents. Birnie KA, Noel M, Parker JA, Chambers CT, Uman LS, Kisely SR, McGrath PJ. J Pediatr Psychol. 2014 Sep;39 (8):783-808. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsu029. Epub 2014 Jun 2.

Recommendations for training in pediatric psychology: defining core competencies across training levels. Palermo TM, Janicke DM, McQuaid EL, Mullins LL, Robins PM, Wu YP. J Pediatr Psychol. 2014 Oct;39 (9):965-84. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsu015. Epub 2014 Apr 8.

Commentary: dennis d. Drotar distinguished research award: innovations in pediatric chronic pain research. Palermo TM. J Pediatr Psychol. 2014 Nov;39 (10):1071-9. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsu053. Epub 2014 Jul 14. No abstract available.

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