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Elizabeth Nicholls published as first author in Journal of Pediatric Psychology

December 9, 2014

PhD student Elizabeth Nicholls and mentor Brian Daly examined depression and anxiety in children with spina bifida living in Colombia, South America, in the first study investigating these topics in a developing area. The project was also developed with Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla of the Ikerbasque Research Foundation at the University of Bilbao in Bilbao, Spain; Silvia Leonor Olivera Plaza at the Hospital Universitario in Neiva, Colombia; and a team of research assistants in Colombia. Results indicated that children with spina bifida reported more depressive symptoms than a group of demographically matched peers, and the authors made specific recommendations for how pediatric psychologists living in the United States can work towards increasing resources available to these children. The paper has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, the official journal of Division 54 of the American Psychological Society:

Nicholls, E., Daly, B.P., Plaza, S., Mendez, N., Quintero, L., Trujillo, D., & Arango-Lasprilla, J. (in press). Psychological functioning in youth with spina bifida living in Colombia, South America. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.