Christopher C. Cushing, Ph.D.

Social and Behavioral Sciences - Applied Behavioral Science, Psychology
Assistant Professor/Assistant Scientist
Primary office:
Dole Human Development Center, 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.

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

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 [Other]. In Journal of Pediatric Psychology (Vol. 44, pp. 269–274).
Cushing, C. C., Fedele, D. A., & Riley, W. T. (2019). Introduction to the coordinated special issue on eHealth/mHealth in pediatric psychology [Other]. In Journal of Pediatric Psychology (Vol. 44, pp. 259–262).
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 [Journal Articles]. BMJ Open, 9, e030029.
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 Articles]. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 42, 559–568.
Cushing, C. C. (2017). eHealth applications in pediatric psychology [Book Chapters]. In M. C. Roberts & R. G. Steele (Eds.), 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 [Journal Articles]. JAMA Pediatrics, 171, 461–469.
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 [Journal Articles]. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 6(4), 558–565.
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 Articles]. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40.
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 Articles]. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39, 138–150.

Selected Work

Selected Grants

Pathophysiology and Treatment of Pediatric Functional Abdominal Pain. Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. $89440.00. (2/1/2015 - 7/31/2021). Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded
ReACT an Adaptive Mobile Health Intervention for Adolescent Asthma. 1R56HL141394-01A1. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health. $775827.00. (9/1/2018 - 8/31/2021). Federal. Status: Funded
Computerized Adaptive Test (CAT) Within A Mobile App for Clinician Feedback. National Eating Disorders Association. $50000.00. (1/1/2017 - 12/31/2019). Foundation. Status: Funded
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