Michigan State University
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Natoshia R. Cunningham, Ph.D., is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Michigan State University (MSU). Her NIH grant-funded program of research focuses on the co-occurrence of anxiety in youth with chronic health conditions that involve pain. Her current NIH/NCCIH K23 award aims to study the neural mechanisms of response to a cognitive behavioral treatment (Aim to Decrease Anxiety and Pain Treatment [ADAPT]) she developed to manage pain and anxiety in youth with functional abdominal pain disorders (FAPD), as part of her prior NIH/NICHD F32 award. Dr. Cunningham’s research program has also focused on studying psychological functioning in youth with rheumatic conditions. She is currently testing a remotely delivered CBT for adolescents and young adults diagnosed with childhood-onset lupus to manage fatigue, mood, and pain symptoms. She is broadly interested in using telehealth delivery of psychological interventions to increase patient access to care. Dr. Cunningham also uses neuroimaging techniques to better understand the mechanisms of pain.
Dr. Cunningham received her BA in psychology from Boston University in 2005, graduating summa cum laude with distinction. She earned her PhD in child clinical psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2011, specializing in the assessment and treatment of childhood anxiety disorders. As part of her graduate training, she completed her APA-approved clinical internship in pediatric behavioral medicine at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center from 2010-2011. She came to MSU from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric pain from 2011 to 2014 and served as a research faculty member from 2014 to 2019.
Friday, September 24, 2021
10:00 AM – 6:30 PM ET