On The Student Front

Student Spotlight Award

Susan Tran is examining longitudinal associations between anxiety, pain catastrophizing and treatment outcomes in complex pediatric chronic pain.

Susan TranSusan Tran is a fifth-year graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee under the mentorship of W. Hobart Davies, PhD She has an exceptionally strong track record in research and clinical endeavors within the field of pediatric psychology.

Tran has worked extensively on research projects in the pediatric pain center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and has also managed a variety of other studies including a recent study examining parent beliefs regarding acceptability of recruitment methods in pediatric behavioral research. Clinically, she has worked with a range of disorders including functional GI disorders, constipation, cyclic vomiting syndrome, asthma, chronic pain and feeding disorders.

Tran has presented her research at international, national, and local conferences and has collaborated on several published manuscripts. For her dissertation, she is examining longitudinal associations between anxiety, pain catastrophizing and treatment outcomes in complex pediatric chronic pain.

Her mentor describes her as an “extraordinarily talented student who will make a substantial career contribution to the field of pediatric psychology.”

Tran is in the process of applying to internship and expects to graduate in May of 2014. Her future goals include continuing to study the effects of psychosocial factors on coping with chronic illness. She hopes to have a career at an academic medical center integrating research and clinical work.