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Meghan L. Marsac, PhD

Meghan L. Marsac, PhD

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Research Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Department: Psychiatry

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3535 Market Street, Suite 1150
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-590-3118
Fax: 215-590-5425
BS (Neuroscience Psychology)
Baldwin-Wallace College, 2003.
MA (Psychology)
University of Toledo, 2005.
PhD (Psychology)
University of Toledo, 2008.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Marsac’s research focuses on promoting adjustment and preventing posttraumatic stress in ill and injured children and their parents. In particular, Dr. Marsac leads research to better understand coping and to promote positive coping in children and families facing medical events.

Dr. Marsac has served as a principal investigator for several projects examining child and parent coping with stressful medical events (asthma, dental procedures, cancer, injury and trauma). She is currently leading a project (funded by a K23) to examine biological factors, coping, appraisals, and posttraumatic stress following pediatric injury with goals of advancing understanding of potential un-malleable screening variables (biological) as well as malleable factors (psychological, environmental) to target in PTSD preventive interventions. Additionally, Dr. Marsac and her research team are conducting several studies evaluating preventive programs for psychological symptoms in children with injuries (e.g., "Coping Coach") and and illnesses (e.g., Cellie Coping Kit- www.celliecopingkit.org).

Dr. Marsac also serves as the Training Lead for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Violence Prevention Initiative. In this role, she collaborates with providers to maximize and evaluate the delivery of trauma-informed care to children and families.

Selected Publications

Marsac, M.L., Cirilli, C., Winston, F.K., Kassam-Adams, N. : Post-injury Medical and Psychosocial Care in Children: Impact of Traumatic Stress Symptoms. Child Health Care 40(2): 116-129, 2011.

Marsac, M.L. & Alderfer, M. : Psychometric Properties of the FACES-IV in a Pediatric Oncology Population. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 35(5): 528-538, 2011.

Hildenbrand, A.K., Clawson, K., Alderfer, M.A., Marsac, M.L. : Coping with pediatric cancer: Strategies employed by children and their parents to manage cancer-related stressors during treatment. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing 28(6): 344-354, 2011.

Marsac, M.L., Mirman, J.H., Kohser, K.L., Kassam-Adams, N.: Child coping and parent coping assistance during the peri-trauma period in injured children. Family Systems & Health 29(4): 279-290, 2011.

Kassam-Adams, N, García-España, JF, Marsac, ML, Kohser, K, Baxt, C, Nance, M, & Winston, F. : A pilot randomized controlled trial assessing secondary prevention of traumatic stress integrated into pediatric trauma care. Journal of Traumatic Stress 24(3): 252-259, 2011.

Marsac, M.L., Hildenbrand, A., Clawson, K., Jackson, L, Kohser, K., Barakat, L, Kassam-Adams, N., Aplenc, R., Vinsel, A, Alderfer, M.A. : Preliminary data on acceptability and feasibility of the Cellie Cancer Coping Kit. Supportive Care in Cancer 20(12): 3315-3324, 2012.

Kassam-Adams, N., Palmieri, P.A., Rork, K., Delahanty, D.L., Kennardy, J., Kohser, K.L., Landolt, M.A., Le Brocque, R., Marsac, M.L., Meiser-Stedman, R., Nixon, R.D.V., Bui, E., & McGrath, C. : Acute stress symptoms in children: Results from and international data archive. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 51(8): 812-820, 2012.

Marsac, M.L., Donlon, K.A., Winston, F.K., Kassam-Adams, N. : Child coping, parent coping assistance, and posttraumatic stress following pediatric physical injury. Child: Care, Health & Development 39(2): 171-177, 2013.

Marsac, M.L., Donlon, K.A., Hildenbrand, A.K., Winston, F.K., & Kassam-Adams, N: Acute traumatic stress and subsequent coping in children with injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 19(2): 233-43, May 2014.

Marsac, M.L., Hildenbrand, A.K., Kohser, K., Winston, F.K., Li, Y., & Kassam-Adams, N. : A randomized controlled trial of a web-based psychoeducational intervention for parents of children with injuries. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 38: 1101-1111, August 2013.

Marsac, M.L., Kosher, K.L., Winston, F.K., Kenardy, J., March, S., & Kassam-Adams, N.: Using a web-based game to prevent posttraumatic stress in children following medical events: Design of a randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Psychotraumatology 4, July 2013.

Hildenbrand, A.K., Alderfer, M.A., Deatrick, J.A., & Marsac, M.L. : A mixed-methods assessment of coping with pediatric cancer. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 32(1): 37-58, 2014.

Kassam-Adams, N., Marsac, M.L., Hildenbrand, A.K., & Winston, F.K.: Posttraumatic stress following pediatric injury: Update on diagnosis, risk factors, and intervention. JAMA Pediatrics 167(12): 1158-1165, December 2013.

Marsac, M.L., Klingbeil, O.G., Hildenbrand, A.K., Alderfer, M.A., Kassam-Adams, N., Smith-Whitley, K., & Barakat, L.P. : The Cellie Coping Kit for Sickle Cell Disease: Initial acceptability and feasibility. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology in press.

Marsac, M.L., Donlon, K., & Berkowitz, S.: Indicated and Selective Preventive Interventions. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 23(2): 383-397, April 2014.

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Last updated: 07/24/2014
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