Carolina Bejarano

BS (2013) Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
MA (2016) University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Primary office:
Dole Human Development Center

 My research interests generally focus on understanding and promoting health behavior in youth. I am interested in examining relationships between health-related behaviors and psychosocial constructs and how this information may be applied to improve children and adolescents’ physical and mental health. Some of my current work focuses on hedonic appetite and how adolescents’ fluctuating appetitive drives relate to other psychosocial factors to influence food consumption. Additionally, I am interested in dietary behavior in the clinical contexts of pediatric obesity, eating disorders, and feeding.

Selected Publications

Bejarano, C.M., Carlson, J.A., Cushing, C.C., Kerr, J., Saelens, B.E., Frank, L.D… & Sallis, J. (2019). Neighborhood built environment associations with adolescents’ location-specific sedentary and screen time​. Health & Place, 56, 147-154.

Cushing, C. C., Monzon, A., Ortega, A., Bejarano, C. M., & Carlson, J. A. (2019) Identifying opportunities for pediatric eHealth and mHealth studies: Physical activity as a case example. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 44(3), 269-274.

Bejarano, C. M., Calvert, H. G., Lane, H. G., Snow, K., Hoppe, K., Alfonsin, N., ... & Carlson, J. A. (2019). A novel method for assessing implementation factors in adoption-ready health promotion program resources. Preventive Medicine Reports, 15.

Bejarano, C.M. & Cushing, C.C. (2018). Dietary motivation and hedonic hunger predict palatable food consumption: An intensive longitudinal study of adolescents. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 52(9), 773-786.

Bejarano, C. M., Cushing, C. C., & Crick, C. J. (2018). Does context predict psychological states and objectively measured activity? An intensive longitudinal study of adolescents. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 41, 146-152.

Cushing, C.C., Mitchell, T.B., Bejarano, C.M., Walters, R.W., Crick, C.J., & Noser, A.E. (2017). Bidirectional associations among subjective states and activity: The role of mood, energy, and fatigue on physical activity and sedentary behavior. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 42, 559-568.

Bejarano, C.M., Milkes, A., Hossain, M.J., Argueta-Ortiz, F., & Wysocki, T. (2016). Longitudinal associations of visit satisfaction and treatment alliance with outcomes in pediatric obesity clinic visits. Children’s Health Care, 46(3), 282-300.

Bejarano, C., Fuzzell, L., Clay, C., Leonard, S., Shirley, E., & Wysocki, T. (2015). Shared decision making in pediatrics: A pilot and feasibility project. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 3, 25-36.

Selected Presentations

Bejarano, C.M., Ortega, A., Storrer, B., & Cushing, C.C. (2019, April). Feasibility, Acceptability, and Preliminary Efficacy of a Combined Ecological Momentary Assessment and Laboratory Task Study of Hedonic Appetite and Dietary Behavior. Poster presented at the 2019 Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Bejarano, C.M., Ortega, A., Monzon, A., Kichline, T., Storrer, B., & Cushing, C.C. (2018, October). Associations among Executive Function, Hedonic Appetite, and Eating Behavior in Adolescents​. Poster presented at the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Kansas City, MO.

Bejarano, C.M., Dreyer-Gillette, M.L., Papa, A.E., Hampl, S. (2018, April). Associations Among Parent Feeding Practices and Health Behavior Outcomes: A Cross-Cultural Comparison. Poster presented at 2018 Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Bejarano, C.M., Carlson, J.A., Saelens, B.E., Glanz, K., Couch, S., & Sallis, J. (2017, April).  Examining activity and diet as mediators of the relationship between TV time and BMI in youth. Poster presented at 38th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.

Bejarano, C.M., Cushing, C.C., Noser, A.E., & Monzon, A. (2017, March). An EMA Study of Sleep, Affect, and Palatable Food Consumption in Adolescents. Poster presented at 2017 Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Portland, OR.

Bejarano, C.M., Cushing, C.C., Mitchell, T.B., & Noser, A.E. (2016, September). Relations between Adolescents’ Negative Affectivity and Physical Activity: An Experience Sampling Approach. Poster presented at the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Lawrence, KS.

Bejarano, C.M., Cushing, C.C., Amaro, C.M., Noser, A.E., & Huffhines, L. (2016, April). Relationships among Dietary Motivation, Hedonic Hunger, and zBMI in a Community Sample of Children and Adolescents. Poster presented at 2016 Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Bejarano, C., Buckloh, L.M., Wysocki, T., Hossain, J., Argueta-Ortiz, F., Blossom, J.B….Hassink, S. (2014, October). Treatment Alliance and BMI in Obesity-specific Pediatric Health Care Visits. Poster presented at the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Lawrence, KS.     

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