Susan T. Tran

Susan T. Tran
DePaul University · Department of Psychology

PhD

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Additional affiliations
July 2015 - present
DePaul University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
July 2013 - June 2015
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Position
  • Predoctoral Resident/Postdoctoral Fellow in Pediatric Pain Management
September 2008 - May 2013
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
July 2014 - June 2015
July 2013 - June 2014
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Field of study
  • Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
January 2011 - May 2014
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Field of study
  • Clinical Psychology

Publications

Publications (36)
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Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a heterogeneous group of inherited disorders of connective tissue. EDS hypermobility type (EDS-HT), characterized by joint hypermobility, is most common and increasingly recognized in pediatrics. Treatment involves protecting joints, preventing injuries, and managing symptoms/comorbidities. Pediatric EDS-HT patients...
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Emerging adulthood is often overlooked as a developmental time period critical to shaping future health outcomes. Recurrent pain is a commonly experienced health concern within this age group, particularly headaches and low back pain, and early experiences of recurrent pain are related to subsequent chronic pain and disability. Furthermore, adults...
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Youth with chronic pain and youth who have experienced stressors are at risk for poor outcomes; however, little is known about the intersection of pain and stressors. This study aims to understand the prevalence of stressors among youth with chronic pain and the relationship between stressors and pain-related outcomes. Seven hundred and seventy you...
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Mobile health (mHealth) apps have the potential to enhance pain management through the use of daily diaries, medication and appointment reminders, education, and facilitating communication between patients and providers. Although many pain management apps exist, the extent to which these apps utilize evidence-based behavior change techniques (BCTs)...
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Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) are a group of connective tissue disorders that manifest with hyperextensibility of joints and skin, and general tissue fragility. While not a major criterion for clinical diagnosis, pain is a frequently endorsed symptom across subtypes of EDS. As such, the present review aims to summarize research to date on pain char...
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Objective Daily hassles and physical health complaints are common among undergraduate students, and both are related to negative academic and psychosocial outcomes. However, the extent to which hassles or health complaints persist from day to day is underexplored, and studies examining whether hassles predict health complaints or vice versa, are la...
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Anxiety symptom and trait bodily activation correlate highly in network analyses. Four distinct groups of closely connected items (i.e., communities) emerged: symptoms caused by heart, somatic distress, heat sensations, and head-related symptoms. All communities contained both item types, indicating anxious arousal symptoms relate to trait activati...
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Pediatric chronic pain is prevalent among children and adolescents and the incidence is rising, resulting in considerable patient and family distress and impairment, as well as significant financial burden to health-care systems. The biopsychosocial framework has emerged as the predominant conceptualization of pediatric chronic pain. This framework...
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Understanding how disease factors impact social support received by college students with chronic health conditions (CHCs) has implications for promoting optimal adjustment. To this end, 121 undergraduates with various CHCs completed measures of general and illness-specific social support from peers and provided information about their CHC diagnosi...
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Hypermobile Ehlers–Danlos syndrome (hEDS), a genetic connective tissue disorder, involves several body systems which makes symptom management and functioning difficult. The aim of this study was to understand pediatric hEDS patients’ symptoms and primary complaints. Additionally, we examined the cumulative impact of symptoms on physical and psychol...
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Research in adult populations indicates that several sociodemographic and environmental variables increase risk for pain and poor outcomes. There is little research exploring the impact of household income, health insurance coverage, barriers to health care, neighborhood and school safety, violence experienced, and neighborhood isolation on pediatr...
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The goals of the current project were: 1) examine the frequency of chronic illness (CI) disclosure, 2) examine how CI disclosure varies as a function of demographic factors (i.e. sex, illness type, time since diagnosis), and 3) examine how peer disclosure is related to social support.
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Juvenile-onset fibromyalgia (JFM) is typically diagnosed in adolescence and characterized by widespread pain and marked functional impairment. The long-term impact of JFM into adulthood is poorly understood. The objectives of this study were to describe physical and psychosocial outcomes of youth diagnosed with JFM in early adulthood (∼ 8-year foll...
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Objective: Anxiety is common in pediatric chronic pain and is related to a higher risk for poor outcomes; thus, there is a need for effective clinical screening methods to identify youth with chronic pain and co-occurring anxiety. The Screen for Child Anxiety Related Disorders (SCARED) is a validated measure that defines clinically significant anx...
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Obesity negatively impacts the kinematics and kinetics of the lower extremities in children and adolescents. Although yoga has the potential to provide several distinct benefits for children with obesity, this is the first study to examine the benefits of yoga for gait (primary outcome) in youths with obesity. Secondary outcomes included health-rel...
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Background: Adolescents with juvenile fibromyalgia (JFM) tend to be very sedentary and avoid participation in physical activity. A prior study suggested that JFM patients show altered biomechanics compared to healthy adolescents which may make them more prone to pain/injury during exercise. A new intervention combining well established cognitive b...
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Pediatric chronic pain and anxiety often co-occur. Youth with chronic pain are at risk for heightened functional impairment related to anxiety. Research suggests the importance of screening for anxiety and the possibility that different clinical presentations may warrant modified treatment options. The aims of the current study were to comprehensiv...
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Objective: To evaluate whether clinical anxiety in children presenting to a pediatric pain management center is associated with a poorer treatment response for those who completed pain-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Study design: The total sample consisted of 175 children, 40 of whom completed CBT for chronic pain. The Screen for Ch...
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Adolescents with juvenile fibromyalgia (JFM) are typically sedentary despite recommendations for physical exercise, a key component of pain management. Interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are beneficial but do not improve exercise participation. The objective of this study was to obtain preliminary information about the feasibi...
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The relationships among chronic pain, anxiety, and school functioning are complex, and school functioning is often negatively impacted in youth with chronic pain. The objective of this study was to empirically test a model of associations between constructs predicting school functioning in youth with chronic pain in order to examine the direct effe...
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Objective: Adolescents with juvenile-onset fibromyalgia (JFM) have increased rates of psychiatric disorders, but to our knowledge no studies have examined psychiatric disorders in adolescents with JFM when they enter young adulthood. This study examined the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in young adults diagnosed with JFM during adolescence a...
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Objectives: Examine whether anxiety and pain catastrophizing are distinct constructs in relation to functional outcomes in pediatric chronic pain, and whether they differentially predict functional outcomes based on age. Methods: In all, 725 youth (191 children, 534 adolescents) with chronic pain completed measures of pain characteristics, anxi...
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The purpose of this study is to examine prevalence rates of pain reports in youth with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) and potential predictors of pain. Pain is a common and debilitating symptom of diabetic polyneuropathies. There is currently little research regarding pain in youth with T1DM. It was predicted that self-care and general health fact...
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The primary outcome in many treatment studies for pediatric chronic pain has been reduced pain intensity, but it is well documented that several facets of chronic pain, including poor coping and functional disability, negatively impact daily functioning and mood. Given recent attention to defining and collecting evidence-based clinical outcomes, it...
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This qualitative study presents the experiences of youth with chronic pain and their siblings, and their perspectives on how pain experiences influence family dynamics. Most siblings reported changes to many aspects of their relationships, family processes, and increased responsibilities as a result of the patients' pain experiences, whereas most p...
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Objective: The current study examined the associations between catastrophizing and pain intensity, psychological adjustment, functional ability, and community participation in youths with physical disability and chronic pain. Methods: Participants consisted of 80 youths, aged 8-20 years, with cerebral palsy (n = 34), neuromuscular disease (n = 2...
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Chronic and recurrent pain is experienced by many children and adolescents. Treatment of chronic pain using a multidisciplinary approach has been found to be effective for treatment of chronic pain. Parent satisfaction with treatment and treatment providers highly correlates to children's treatment adherence. Parents of children treated at a multid...
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Examine the psychometric properties of the SCARED in pediatric chronic pain. Participants were parents (n = 313 mothers, 163 fathers) and youth (n = 349) presenting for treatment of pediatric chronic pain. Participants completed the SCARED and measures of pain catastrophizing, internalizing problems, and health-related quality of life. Internal con...
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Predictors and barriers that may influence parents' intentions to vaccinate their children against the H1N1 virus were examined. A community survey of 256 parents of children ages 6 to 12 was conducted in October and November 2009. Past decisions to obtain annual influenza vaccines were related to current intention to vaccinate children against the...
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Understanding families' quality of life can be important for interdisciplinary treatment planning. The present study examined child and parent perspectives about how constipation and fecal incontinence affect families' quality of life. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 8 children/adolescents and 8 caregivers. All of the children met Rom...

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