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Jessica W Guite PhD

TitlePediatric Psychologist
InstitutionConnecticut Children's
DepartmentPain Management
Address282 Washington Street
Phone860-837-5206
Fax860-837-6220
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    TitleClinical Investigator
    InstitutionUConn Health Center
    DepartmentPediatrics


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    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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    1. Baumbauer KM, Young EE, Starkweather AR, Guite JW, Russell BS, Manworren RC. Managing Chronic Pain in Special Populations with Emphasis on Pediatric, Geriatric, and Drug Abuser Populations. Med Clin North Am. 2016 Jan; 100(1):183-97. PMID: 26614727.
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    2. Evans JR, Jastrowski Mano K, Guite JW, Weisman SJ, Hainsworth KR. Psychometric Properties of the Pain Stages of Change Questionnaire: New Insights on the Measurement of Readiness to Change in Adolescents, Mothers, and Fathers. J Pain. 2015 Jul; 16(7):645-56. PMID: 25863171.
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    3. Guite JW, Kim S, Chen CP, Sherker JL, Sherry DD, Rose JB, Hwang WT. Pain beliefs and readiness to change among adolescents with chronic musculoskeletal pain and their parents before an initial pain clinic evaluation. Clin J Pain. 2014 Jan; 30(1):27-35. PMID: 23446077; PMCID: PMC3742695.
    4. Guite JW, Kim S, Chen CP, Sherker JL, Sherry DD, Rose JB, Hwang WT. Treatment expectations among adolescents with chronic musculoskeletal pain and their parents before an initial pain clinic evaluation. Clin J Pain. 2014 Jan; 30(1):17-26. PMID: 23446075; PMCID: PMC3742613.
    5. Logan DE, Claar RL, Guite JW, Kashikar-Zuck S, Lynch-Jordan A, Palermo TM, Wilson AC, Zhou C. Factor structure of the children's depression inventory in a multisite sample of children and adolescents with chronic pain. J Pain. 2013 Jul; 14(7):689-98. PMID: 23642409; PMCID: PMC4026293.
    6. Welkom JS, Hwang WT, Guite JW. Adolescent pain catastrophizing mediates the relationship between protective parental responses to pain and disability over time. J Pediatr Psychol. 2013 Jun; 38(5):541-50. PMID: 23471361; PMCID: PMC3666120.
    7. Guite, Jessica W. Logan, Deirdre E. Ely, Elizabeth A. Weisman, Steven J. Pain Management. The ripple effect: systems-level interventions to ameliorate pediatric pain. 2012; 2(6):593-601.
    8. Guite JW, McCue RL, Sherker JL, Sherry DD, Rose JB. Relationships among pain, protective parental responses, and disability for adolescents with chronic musculoskeletal pain: the mediating role of pain catastrophizing. Clin J Pain. 2011 Nov-Dec; 27(9):775-81. PMID: 21593664.
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    9. Guite JW, Logan DE, Simons LE, Blood EA, Kerns RD. Readiness to change in pediatric chronic pain: initial validation of adolescent and parent versions of the Pain Stages of Change Questionnaire. Pain. 2011 Oct; 152(10):2301-11. PMID: 21802852; PMCID: PMC3222695.
    10. Kashikar-Zuck S, Flowers SR, Claar RL, Guite JW, Logan DE, Lynch-Jordan AM, Palermo TM, Wilson AC. Clinical utility and validity of the Functional Disability Inventory among a multicenter sample of youth with chronic pain. Pain. 2011 Jul; 152(7):1600-7. PMID: 21458162; PMCID: PMC3114262.
    11. Claar RL, Guite JW, Kaczynski KJ, Logan DE. Factor structure of the Adult Responses to Children's Symptoms: validation in children and adolescents with diverse chronic pain conditions. Clin J Pain. 2010 Jun; 26(5):410-7. PMID: 20473048.
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    12. Guite JW, Logan DE, McCue R, Sherry DD, Rose JB. Parental beliefs and worries regarding adolescent chronic pain. Clin J Pain. 2009 Mar-Apr; 25(3):223-32. PMID: 19333173.
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    13. Guite JW, Lobato DJ, Shalon L, Plante W, Kao BT. Pain, disability, and symptoms among siblings of children with functional abdominal pain. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2007 Feb; 28(1):2-8. PMID: 17353724.
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    14. Guite JW, Logan DE, Sherry DD, Rose JB. Adolescent self-perception: associations with chronic musculoskeletal pain and functional disability. J Pain. 2007 May; 8(5):379-86. PMID: 17275417.
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    15. Logan DE, Guite JW, Sherry DD, Rose JB. Adolescent-parent relationships in the context of adolescent chronic pain conditions. Clin J Pain. 2006 Jul-Aug; 22(6):576-83. PMID: 16788346.
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    16. Cucchiaro G, Farrar JT, Guite JW, Li Y. What postoperative outcomes matter to pediatric patients? Anesth Analg. 2006 May; 102(5):1376-82. PMID: 16632813.
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    17. Nathan A, Rose JB, Guite JW, Hehir D, Milovcich K. Primary erythromelalgia in a child responding to intravenous lidocaine and oral mexiletine treatment. Pediatrics. 2005 Apr; 115(4):e504-7. PMID: 15741349.
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    18. Guite JW, Walker LS, Smith CA, Garber J. Children's perceptions of peers with somatic symptoms: the impact of gender, stress, and illness. J Pediatr Psychol. 2000 Apr-May; 25(3):125-35. PMID: 10780139.
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    19. Walker LS, Guite JW, Duke M, Barnard JA, Greene JW. Recurrent abdominal pain: a potential precursor of irritable bowel syndrome in adolescents and young adults. J Pediatr. 1998 Jun; 132(6):1010-5. PMID: 9627595.
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    20. Faraone SV, Biederman J, Mick E, Wozniak J, Kiely K, Guite J, Ablon JS, Warburton R, Reed E. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in a multigenerational pedigree. Biol Psychiatry. 1996 May 15; 39(10):906-8. PMID: 8860195.
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    21. Biederman J, Faraone S, Milberger S, Guite J, Mick E, Chen L, Mennin D, Marrs A, Ouellette C, Moore P, Spencer T, Norman D, Wilens T, Kraus I, Perrin J. A prospective 4-year follow-up study of attention-deficit hyperactivity and related disorders. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1996 May; 53(5):437-46. PMID: 8624187.
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    22. Biederman J, Milberger S, Faraone SV, Kiely K, Guite J, Mick E, Ablon JS, Warburton R, Reed E, Davis SG. Impact of adversity on functioning and comorbidity in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 1995 Nov; 34(11):1495-503. PMID: 8543518.
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    23. Biederman J, Faraone SV, Mick E, Spencer T, Wilens T, Kiely K, Guite J, Ablon JS, Reed E, Warburton R. High risk for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder among children of parents with childhood onset of the disorder: a pilot study. Am J Psychiatry. 1995 Mar; 152(3):431-5. PMID: 7864271.
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    24. Biederman J, Milberger S, Faraone SV, Guite J, Warburton R. Associations between childhood asthma and ADHD: issues of psychiatric comorbidity and familiality. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 1994 Jul-Aug; 33(6):842-8. PMID: 8083141.
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