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Kemar V Prussien

Graduate Student
Research Area: Clinical Science


Coping, Cognitive Function, Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease, Pediatric Cancer

My current area of interest is on stress and coping in pediatric sickle cell disease, cancer, and congential heart disease, along with how cognitive functioning is associated with coping in these pediatric populations.

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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).

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.  

Bettis, A., Henry, L., Prussien, K. V., Vreeland, A., Smith, M., & Compas, B. E. (2018).  Laboratory and Self-Report Methods to Assess Reappraisal and Distraction in Youth. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, in press.

 

Manuscripts Under Review and in Preparation:

Prussien, K. V., Murphy, L., Gerhardt, C., Vannatta, K., Bemis, H., Dejardins, L., Keim, M.C., Shultz, E. L., Cole, D. A. & Compas, B. E. (2018). Longitudinal associations among maternal depressive symptoms, child emotional caretaking, and anxious/depressed symptoms in pediatric cancer. Manuscript under review. 

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). Cerebral blood flow velocity and cognitive function in children with sickle cell anemia in Nigeria. Manuscript under review. 

 

Posters:

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 accepted to the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida. 

McNally, C., Prussien, K. V.,Yarboi, J., Bemis, H., DeBaun, M., & Compas, B. E. (2018, April). Emergency department usage, income, and caregiver stress in caregivers of children with sickle cell disease. Poster accepted to the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Yarboi, J., Prussien, K. V.,Bemis, H., Williams, E., DeBaun, M., & Compas, B. E. (2018, April). Parenting stress and cognitive development in children with sickle cell disease. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida. 

Fisher, R.S., Ferrante, A.C., Howard Sharp, K.M., Dunnells, Z.D.O., Clark, O.E., Prussien, K.V., Rausch, J., Vannatta, K., Compas, B.E., & Gerhardt, C.A. (2018, April). Trajectories of Health Behaviors across Early Childhood Cancer Survivorship. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Dunnells, Z.D.O., Howard Sharp, K.M., Ferrante, A.C., Clark, O.E., Fisher, R.S., Murphy, L.K., Prussien, K.V., Vannatta, K., Compas, B.E., & Gerhardt, C.A. (2018, April).  Mother and Child Depressive Symptoms and Maternal Parenting in the Context of Childhood Cancer: An Actor-Partner Interdependence Model. Poster 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.

Desjardins, L., Bemis, H., Murphy, L., Prussien, K., Vannatta, K., Gerhardt, C. A., & Compas, B.E. (2016, October). Coping and Social Adjustment in Children Diagnosed with Cancer. Poster accepted for presentation at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 50th Annual Convention, New York, NY.

Murphy, L., Gerhardt, C., Vannatta, K., Desjardins, L., Prussien, K., Compas, B. (2016, August). Interpersonal models of coping and distress in pediatric oncology. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Denver, CO.

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.

Yarboi, J., Bemis, H., Prussien, K., Lord, J., Williams, E., DeBaun, M., & Compas, B. E. (2016, April). Parenting Stress and Working Memory in Children with Sickle Cell Disease. Poster presentation at the Society for 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

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

Ford Foundation Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2015