Who We Are

Kathryn E. Gustafson,

Director, Pediatric Neurocognitive Outcomes Program
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


(919) 684-8148

Work Address

2424 Erwin Rd - Suite 504, DUMC Box 2739, Durham, NC 27710


My research efforts have focused on psychological adjustment in children, adolescents, adults and families who are confronting the challenges of chronic illnesses such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, and very low birth weight. In collaboration with Dr. Robert Thompson, our research utilizes a transactional model of stress and coping with chronic illness and developmental problems, and examines relevant illness and demographic variables, and psychosocial mediational processes. We have focused on the analyses of change in psychological adjustment and hypothesized mediational processes and inter-relationship over time. In 1996-97 we have also continued our longitudinal study of the developmental outcome of infants with sickle cell disease and of the psychosocial outcome of the infants and their mothers. We are also collaborating with the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology team in examining the inter-relationship of biomedical and psychosocial outcome. Future plans are to continue the longitudinal analyses, to expand the model to include other psychosocial mediational processes, and to examine other illness populations.