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Kemar V Prussien

Doctoral Candidate
Research Area: Clinical Science


Cognitive Function, Coping, & 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:

Prussien, K. V., Siciliano, R. E., Ciregio, A. E., Anderson, A. S., Sathanayagam, R., Jordan, L. C., DeBaun, M. R., & Compas, B. E. (2020, in press). Correlates of cognitive function in sickle cell disease: A meta-analysis. Journal of Pediaitric Psychology. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsz100

Jordan, L. C., Siciliano, R. S., Cole, C. A., Lee, C. A., Patel, N. J., Murphy, L. K., Markham, L. W., Prussien, K. V., Gindville, M. C., & Compas, B. E. (2019, in press). Cognitive training in children with hypoplastic left heart syndrome: A pilot randomized trial. Progress in Pediatric Cardiology. doi: 10.1016/j.ppedcard.2019.101185

Prussien, K. V., Patel, D., Wilkerson, K., Armstrong, B., Karnik, L., de la Fuente, J., Kassim, A. (2019, in press). Improvement in processing speed following haploidentical bone marrow transplant with post-transplant cytoxan in children and adolescents with sickle cell disease. Pediatric Blood & Cancer.  doi: 10.1002/pbc.28001 

Yarboi, J., Prussien, K. V., Bemis, H., Williams, E., Watson, K. H., McNally, C., Henry, L., King, A. A., DeBaun, M. R., & Compas, B. E. (2019, in press). Responsive parenting behaviors and cognitive function in children with sickle cell disease. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsz065

Sharp, K. M. H., Fisher, R. S., Clark, O. E., Dunnells, Z. D. O., Murphy, L. K., Prussien, K. V., Vannatta, K., Compas, B. E., & Gerhardt, C. A. (2019, in press). Long-term trajectories of depression symptoms in mothers of children with cancer. Health Psychology. doi: 10.1037/hea0000826

Prussien, K. V., Jordan, L. C., DeBaun, M. R., & Compas, B. E. (2019). Cognitive function in sickle cell disease across domains, cerebral infarct status, and the lifespan: A meta-analysis. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 44(8), 948-958. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsz031

Siciliano, R. E., Prussien, K. V., Lee, C. L., Patel, N., Murphy, L. K., Compas, B. E., & Jordan, L. C. (2019). Cognitive function in pediatric hypoplastic left heart syndrome: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 44(8), 937-947. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsz021

Fisher, R. S., Rausch, J. R., Ferrante, A. C., Prussien, K. V., Olshefski, R., Vannatta, K. A., Compas, B. E., & Gerhardt, C. A. (2019). Trajectories of health behaviors across early childhood cancer survivorship. Psycho-Oncology, 28, 68-75. doi: 10.1002/pon.4911

Prussien, K. V., Salihu, A., Abdullahi, S. U., Jabir, B., Sani, B., Kirkham, F. J.,..., & Compas, B. E. (2019). Associations of cerebral blood flow velocity, age, and gender with cognitive function in children with sickle cell anemia in Nigeria. Child Neuropsychology, 25(6), 705-720. doi: 10.1080/09297049.2018.1526272

Jonassaint, C., Kang, C., Prussien, K. V., Yarboi, J., Sanger, M., Wilson, D., ..., & Sankar, U. (2018). 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

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. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2018.1466306

Prussien, K. V., Murphy, L., Gerhardt, C., Vannatta, K., Bemis, H., Desjardins, L., ..., & Compas, B. E. (2018). Longitudinal associations among maternal depressive symptoms, child emotional caretaking, and anxious/depressed symptoms in pediatric cancer. Journal of Family Psychology, 32(8), 1087-1096. doi: 10.1037/fam0000463

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., 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

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

 

Manuscripts Under Review and In Preparation:

Prussien, K. V., Murphy, L. K., Ferrante, A., Fisher, R. S., Gerhardt, C., Vannatta, K., & Compas, B. E. (in preparation). Coping and posttraumatic growth in adolescent survivors of childhood cancer.


Conference Symposium 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. Symposium at the European Pediatric Psychology Conference, Ghent, Belgium. 

 

Selected Conference Poster Presentations:

Prussien, K. V., & Compas, B. E. (2019, April). Cognitive function in sickle cell disease across domains, cerebral infarct status, and the lifespan: A meta-analytic reviewPoster to be presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. 

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

Principal Investigator, NICHD NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research: F31 HD095592. "Oxygen Extraction Fraction and Cognitive and Psychosocial Functioning in Children with Sickle Cell Anemia." Fall 2018 - Spring 2020 ($89,540)

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

Student Travel Award, Society of Pediatric Psychologology Annual Conference 2019

Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Fellowship 2015