Jessica W Guite PhD
|Address||282 Washington Street|
|Institution||UConn Health Center|
Jessica W. Guite, PhD, is a pediatric psychologist specializing in behavioral pain management. Her research interests focus on biopsychosocial factors related to pediatric chronic pain and disability. The overarching aim of her clinically-focused program of research is to improve treatment outcomes for patients with chronic pain and their families.
Dr. Guite joined the faculty of the Division of Pain and Palliative Medicine at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) as of October, 2012 and maintains affiliations with the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Hartford Hospital/The Institute of Living. She completed her graduate training in clinical psychology through the Department of Psychology & Human Development at Vanderbilt University and her psychology internship and fellowship through the Brown University School of Medicine. Prior to joining the CCMC faculty, she guided numerous projects focusing on pediatric chronic pain as faculty member in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
Her current research efforts are focused around a recent NIH funded grant, “Pain beliefs, treatment expectations & outcomes for adolescents with chronic pain”. This project prospectively examined reports of adolescents and their parents to identify biopsychosocial factors relating to short term treatment outcomes after an initial interdisciplinary pediatric pain clinic evaluation. Results from the project continue to be shared through professional presentations and publications. Findings provide support for predicted relationships among threatening pain beliefs (pain catastrophizing), readiness to engage in a self-management approach to pain coping (readiness to change), and expectations for treatment held by adolescents and their parents. Results further suggest that greater adolescent adherence to treatment recommendations - particularly physical activity recommendations - was associated with significant short term improvements in pain, disability and other psychosocial factors. Project findings highlight the important role that both adolescents and their parents play in the treatment process and show that treatment adherence is related to short term pain and disability outcomes for adolescents with chronic pain.
Dr. Guite has collaborated on numerous research projects, presentations and publications focusing on pediatric pain management, with a particular interest in complex chronic pain syndromes. She has supervised multiple research projects with trainees and collaborates both locally and nationally on projects focusing on pediatric chronic pain. Active cross-site collaborations are maintained with researchers affiliated with:
• The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
• Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard School of Medicine
• Cincinnati Children Hospital Medical Center/University of Cincinnati
• Seattle Children’s Hospital/University of Washington School of Medicine
• Doernbecher Children's Hospital/Oregon Health and Science University
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