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Kemar V Prussien

Graduate Student
Research Area: Clinical Science


Coping, Cognitive Function, & Communication in Pediatric Populations

I am primarily interested in stress and coping in pediatric sickle cell disease, cancer, and congential heart disease, along with how cognitive function and parent-child communication influence these processes.

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Representative Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications:

Whitlock, J., Prussien, K., & Pietrusza, C. (2015). Predictors of NSSI recovery and growth in young adults. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 9(19). DOI: 10.1186/s13034-015-0048-5

Prussien, K. V., DeBaun, M., Yarboi, J., Bemis, H., McNally, C., Williams, E., & Compas, B. E. (2018). Cognitive function, coping, and depressive symptoms in children with Sickle Cell Disease. Journal of Pediatric Psychology43(5), 543-551. DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsx141 

Bettis, A., Henry, L., Prussien, K. V., Vreeland, A., Smith, M., & Compas, B. E. (2018, in press). Laboratory and self-report methods to assess reappraisal and distraction in youth. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.  DOI: 10.1080/15374416.2018.1466306

Murphy, L. K., Preacher, K., Rights, J., Rodriguez, E., Bemis, H., Desjardins, L., Prussien, K. V., Winning, A., Gerhardt, C. A., Vannatta, K., & Compas, B. E. (2018). Maternal communication in childhood cancer: Factor analysis and relation to maternal distress. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 43(10), 1114-1127. DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsy054

Prussien, K. V., Murphy, L., Gerhardt, C., Vannatta, K., Bemis, H., Desjardins, L., ..., & Compas, B. E. (2018, in press). Longitudinal associations among maternal depressive symptoms, child emotional caretaking, and anxious/depressed symptoms in pediatric cancer. Journal of Family Psychology. DOI: 10.1037/fam0000463

Prussien, K. V., Salihu, A., Abdullahi, S. U., Jabir, B., Sani, B., Kirkham, F. J., Yarboi, J., Bemis, H., DeBaun, M. R., & Compas, B. E. (2018, in press). Associations of cerebral blood flow velocity, age, and gender with cognitive function in children with sickle cell anemia in Nigeria. Child Neuropsychology. DOI: 10.1080/09297049.2018.1526272

Jonassaint, C., Kang, C., Prussien, K. V., Yarboi, J., Sanger, M., Wilson, D., De Castro, L., Shah, N., & Sankar, U. (2018, in press). Feasibility of implementing mental health treatment in routine adult sickle cell disease care using a mobile technology-based intervention. Translational Behavioral Medicine. DOI:10.1093/tbm/iby107

Fisher, R. S., Rausch, J. R., Ferrante, A. C., Prussien, K. V., Olshefski, R., Vannatta, K. A., Compas, B. E., & Gerhardt, C. A. (2018, in press). Trajectories of health behaviors across early childhood cancer survivorship. Psycho-Oncology. DOI: 10.1002/pon.4911

 

Manuscripts in Preparation:

Prussien, K. V., & Compas, B. E. (in preparation). Neurocognitive function in Sickle Cell Disease across domains, cerebral infarct status, and the lifespan: A meta-analytic review.

Yarboi, J., Prussien, K. V., Bemis, H., Williams, E., McNally, C., Henry, L., DeBaun, M. R., & Compas, B. E. (in preparation). Responsive parenting behaviors and cognitive function in children with sickle cell disease.

Siciliano, R. E., Prussien, K. V., Lee, C. L., Patel, N., Compas, B. E., & Jordan, L. C. (in preparation). Cognitive functioning in hypoplastic left heart syndrome in childhood: A meta-analysis. 

Prussien, K. V., Murphy, L. K., DesJardins, L., Bemis, H., Gerhardt, C., Vannatta, K., & Compas, B. E. (in preparation). Longitudinal associations among coping and post-traumatic growth in children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer: Coping near diagnosis through 5 years later.


Conference Paper Presentations:

Prussien, K. V., Murphy, L. K., Ferrante, A., Gerhardt, C., Vannatta, K., & Compas, B. E. (2018, September). Longitudinal analyses of coping and post-traumatic growth in children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer: Coping near diagnosis through 5 years later. In M. A. Alderfer (Discussant), Perspective of patients, parents, and siblings on family adjustment to childhood cancer: Contrasts, associations, and prospective predictors. Symposium to be presented at the European Pediatric Psychology Conference, Ghent, Belgium. 

 

Conference Poster Presentations:

Prussien, K. V., Yarboi, J., Murphy, L., Bemis, H., Dejardins, L., DeBaun, M., Gerhardt, C. A., Vannatta, K., Compas, B. E. (2018, April). Coping and communication in African American caregivers of children with sickle cell disease and cancerPoster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida. 

Prussien, K., Yarboi, J., Bemis, H., McNally, C., Knoll, O., Ko, C., Sathanayagam, R., DeBaun, M., & Compas, B. (2017, November). Stress, education, and depressive symptoms in parents of children with sickle cell disease. Poster presented at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 51st Annual Convention. San Diego, CA.

Prussien, K., Yarboi, J., Bemis, H., Williams, E., DeBaun, M., & Compas, B. (2016, October). Disease-related stress and depressive symptoms in children with sickle cell disease. Poster presented at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 50th Annual Convention. New York, New York.

Prussien, K., Yarboi, J., Bemis, H., Williams, E., DeBaun, M., & Compas, B. (2016, April). Coping and cognitive function in children with sickle cell disease. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Convention. Atlanta, GA.

Prussien, K., Saunders, R., & Pilling, S. (2014, April). The Impact of Initial Anxiety on Treatment Response in Depression. Poster presented at the Cornell Undergraduate Research Board Spring Forum. Cornell University. Duffield Hall, Ithaca, NY. 

Prussien, K., & Whitlock, J. (2014, March). Parent-child agreement in understanding the what and why of adolescent non-suicidal self-injury. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence Biannual Meeting. Austin, TX.


Honors

Principle Investigator, NICHD F31 HD095592. "OEF and Cognitive and Psychosocial Functioning in Children with Sickle Cell Anemia." To examine the association of oxygen delivery and absorption in the brain (oxygen extraction fraction, OEF) with cognitive and psychosocial functioning in children, adolescents, and young adults with SCA and matched healthy controls.

Trainee, NIMH Developmental Psychopathology Training Grant: T32-MH18921. Vanderbilt University, Fall 2017-Spring 2018.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2015