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Kathryn E. Gustafson, MS, PhD

Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor in the Department of Pediatrics
Child & Family Mental Health & Community Psychiatry
Office: 402 Trent Drive, DUMC Box 3364, Durham, NC 27710
Campus Mail: DUMC DUMC Box 3364, 402 Trent Drive, 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


Creer, T. L., and K. E. Gustafson. “Psychological problems associated with drug therapy in childhood asthma.” J Pediatr 115, no. 5 Pt 2 (November 1989): 850–55.

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Creer, T. L., and K. E. Gustafson. “Psychological problems associated with drug therapy in childhood asthma.” The Journal of Pediatrics 115, no. 5 PART 2 (1989): 850–55.


Creer, T. L., H. Kotses, J. K. Wigal, M. D. Wagner, C. S. Trusel, K. E. Gustafson, and R. E. Westlund. “A Critique of Studies Investigating the Association of Theophylline to Psychologic or Behavioral Performance.” Pediatric Asthma, Allergy and Immunology 2, no. 3 (January 1, 1988): 169–84.

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Gordon, D. A., J. Arbuthnot, K. E. Gustafson, and P. McGreen. “Home-Based Behavioral-Systems family therapy with disadvantaged juvenile delinquents.” American Journal of Family Therapy 16, no. 3 (January 1, 1988): 243–55.

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Gustafson, K. E., and J. R. McNamara. “Confidentiality With Minor Clients: Issues and Guidelines for Therapists.” Professional Psychology: Research and Practice 18, no. 5 (October 1, 1987): 503–8.

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