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Kathryn E. Gustafson, MS, PhD

Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor in the Department of Pediatrics
Division: 
Child & Family Mental Health & Developmental Neuroscience
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Office: 2424 Erwin Rd - Suite 504, DUMC Box 2739, Durham, NC 27705
Campus Mail: DUMC 2424 Erwin Rd - Suite 504, DUMC Box 2739, Durham, NC 27710

My scholarly interests and expertise are in pediatric neurodevelopmental outcomes assessment and research as well as child and parent coping with chronic childhood illness. I collaborated with Dr. Robert Thompson on a research program investigating the transactional biopsychosocial model of adaptation to pediatric conditions in children and families. Our research program was funded by the NIH and culminated in the publication of our book, Adaptation to Chronic Childhood Illness. In addition, because of my expertise in neurodevelopmental functioning, I collaborate with the Division of Neonatology and the Duke Neonatal-Perinatal Research Unit on neurodevelopmental outcomes research with high-risk infants, toddlers, and school-age children. I am a gold standard psychology consultant to the Neonatal Research Network (NRN) of the NIH/NICHD, train and certify psychologists around the country in infant and toddler developmental assessment, and serve as consultant for protocol development.  In addition, I collaborate with colleagues in Pediatric Ophthalmology to investigate preterm optic nerve anatomy assessed via optical coherence tomography imaging and the association with neurodevelopment. I am also involved in investigations of umbilical cord blood stem cell transplant for young children with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, cerebral palsy, and inborn errors of metabolism with colleagues in the Blood and Marrow Transplantation program.

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., Ohio State University, 0018
  • M.S., Ohio State University, 0018

Publications

Mangalesh, Shwetha, Neeru Sarin, Brendan McGeehan, S Grace Prakalapakorn, Du Tran-Viet, C Michael Cotten, Sharon F. Freedman, Maureen G. Maguire, Cynthia A. Toth, and Cynthia A. BabySTEPS Group. “Preterm Infant Stress During Handheld Optical Coherence Tomography vs Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscopy Examination for Retinopathy of Prematurity.” Jama Ophthalmol 139, no. 5 (May 1, 2021): 567–74. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2021.0377.

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Laptook, Abbot R., Seetha Shankaran, Patrick Barnes, Nancy Rollins, Barbara T. Do, Nehal A. Parikh, Shannon Hamrick, et al. “Limitations of Conventional Magnetic Resonance Imaging as a Predictor of Death or Disability Following Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy in the Late Hypothermia Trial.” J Pediatr 230 (March 2021): 106-111.e6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.11.015.

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Worley, Gordon, Stephen W. Erickson, Kathryn E. Gustafson, Yuliya S. Nikolova, Allison E. Ashley-Koch, Daniel W. Belsky, Ricki F. Goldstein, Grier P. Page, C Michael Cotten, and C Michael Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network. “Genetic variation in dopamine neurotransmission and motor development of infants born extremely-low-birthweight.” Dev Med Child Neurol 62, no. 6 (June 2020): 750–57. https://doi.org/10.1111/dmcn.14383.

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McGowan, Elisabeth C., Abbot R. Laptook, Jean Lowe, Myriam Peralta-Carcelen, Dhuly Chowdhury, Rosemary D. Higgins, Susan R. Hintz, Betty R. Vohr, and Betty R. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network. “Developmental Outcomes of Extremely Preterm Infants with a Need for Child Protective Services Supervision.” J Pediatr 215 (December 2019): 41-49.e4. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.07.063.

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Duncan, Andrea F., Carla M. Bann, Allison Dempsey, Myriam Peralta-Carcelen, Susan Hintz, and Susan Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development Neonatal Research Network. “Behavioral Deficits at 18-22 Months of Age Are Associated with Early Cerebellar Injury and Cognitive and Language Performance in Children Born Extremely Preterm.” J Pediatr 204 (January 2019): 148-156.e4. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.08.059.

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Herrera, Tamara I., Laura Edwards, William F. Malcolm, P Brian Smith, Kimberley A. Fisher, Carolyn Pizoli, Kathryn E. Gustafson, et al. “Outcomes of preterm infants treated with hypothermia for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy.” Early Hum Dev 125 (October 2018): 1–7. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2018.08.003.

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Vohr, Betty R., Roy Heyne, Carla M. Bann, Abhik Das, Rosemary D. Higgins, Susan R. Hintz, and Susan R. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health, and Development Neonatal Research Network. “Extreme Preterm Infant Rates of Overweight and Obesity at School Age in the SUPPORT Neuroimaging and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes Cohort.” J Pediatr 200 (September 2018): 132-139.e3. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.04.073.

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Hintz, Susan R., Betty R. Vohr, Carla M. Bann, H Gerry Taylor, Abhik Das, Kathryn E. Gustafson, Kimberly Yolton, et al. “Preterm Neuroimaging and School-Age Cognitive Outcomes.” Pediatrics 142, no. 1 (July 2018). https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2017-4058.

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Adams-Chapman, Ira, Roy J. Heyne, Sara B. DeMauro, Andrea F. Duncan, Susan R. Hintz, Athina Pappas, Betty R. Vohr, et al. “Neurodevelopmental Impairment Among Extremely Preterm Infants in the Neonatal Research Network.” Pediatrics 141, no. 5 (May 2018). https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2017-3091.

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Sarkar, Subrata, Seetha Shankaran, John Barks, Barbara T. Do, Abbot R. Laptook, Abhik Das, Namasivayam Ambalavanan, et al. “Outcome of Preterm Infants with Transient Cystic Periventricular Leukomalacia on Serial Cranial Imaging Up to Term Equivalent Age.” J Pediatr 195 (April 2018): 59-65.e3. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2017.12.010.

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