Jennifer Christofferson

BS (2010) Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA
MS (2012) Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Primary office:
Dole Human Development Center


My primary research interests are in understanding the psychosocial impact of chronic illness and injury on children and their families. I am also interested in family systems and how family factors can influence health behaviors and treatment adherence in children with chronic illness. I am also interested in digital health, digital stress, and how social media use is associated with outcomes in adolescents and young adults.

Selected Publications

Steele, R. G., Hall, J. A., & Christofferson, J. L. (2019). Conceptualizing digital stress in adolescents and young adults: Toward the development of an empirically based model. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review. DOI: 10.1007/s10567-019-00300-5

Canter, K. Christofferson, J., Scialla, M., & Kazak, A. (2018). Technology-focused family interventions in pediatric chronic illness: A systematic review. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. doi: 10.1007/s10880-018-9565-8

Kazak, A. E., Christofferson, J., Gutierrez Richards, H., Rivero-Conil, S. & Sandler, E. (2018). Implementing screening with the Psychosocial Assessment Tool (PAT) in clinical oncology practice. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. doi: 10.1037/cpp0000246

Stenman, K., Christofferson, J., Alderfer, M., Pierce, J., Kelly, C., Schifano, E., Klaff, S., Sciolla, J., Deatrick, J., & Kazak, A. (2018). Integrating play in trauma-informed care: Multidisciplinary pediatric healthcare provider perspectives. Psychological Services. doi: 10.1037/ser0000294

Price, J., Kassam-Adams, N., Alderfer, M. A., Christofferson, J., & Kazak, A. E. (2016). A reevaluation and update of the Integrative (Trajectory) Model of Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 41, 86-97.

Kazak, A. E., Abrams, A. N., Banks, J., Christofferson, J., DiDonato, S., Grootenhuis, M. A., … & Kupst, M. J. (2015). Psychosocial assessment as a standard of care in pediatric cancer. Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 62, S246-S259

Selected Presentations

Christofferson, J., Stenman, K., Kazak, A. E., Pierce, J., Kelly, C., Schifano, E., Sciolla, J., Deatrick, J. A., & Alderfer, M. A. (2019, March). Family consequences of potentially traumatic pediatric medical events: Implications for trauma-informed care. Paper presented at the 40th Annual Meeting and Scientific Session of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC. *Received the Meritorious Abstract Award

Christofferson, J., McWhorter, L., Demianczyk, A., Brosig, C., Delaplane, E., Alderfer, M., Kazak, A., & Sood, E. (2019, April).  Psychosocial needs of parents following diagnosis of Congenital Heart Disease: A crowdsourced study. Poster presented at the 2019 Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Hoffman, M., Christofferson, J., Neely, T., McWhorter, L., Demianczyk, A., James, R., Hafer, J., Kazak, A. E., & Sood, E. (2019, April). Stressors and supports for fathers of young children with congenital heart disease: Recommendations from a crowdsourced study. Poster presented at the 2019 Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Guler, J., Monzon, A.D., Amaro, C.M., Noser, A.E., Christofferson, J., & Roberts, M.C. (2019, August). Team viability among pediatric psychologists: A qualitative application of team science in the context of interdisplinary pediatric psychology teams. Poster presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA), Chicago, IL.

Roberts, M.C., Christofferson, J., Guler, J., & Monzon, A.D. (2019, August). Adverse childhood experiences: Mental health outcomes for children and adults. In S.G. Portwood (Chair), Ensuring the successful translation of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) science to practice. Symposium presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA), Chicago, IL.

Christofferson, J., Stenman, K., Sciolla, J., Alderfer, M., Pierce, J., Schifano, E., Kelly, C., Garrett, S., Deatrick, J., & Kazak, A. (2018, April). Multidisciplinary pediatric provider perspectives on traumatic stress. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology 2018 Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida.

McWhorter, L., Christofferson, J., Alderfer, M.A., Neely, T., Randall, A., & Sood, E. (2018, June). The effects of parental Post-Traumatic Stress on parenting and child adjustment in families of children with congenital heart disease. Poster presented at the 7th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative, Kansas City, Missouri.

Sood, E., Zyblewski, S., Christofferson, J., Brosig, C., Lihn, S., Demianczyk, A., … & Kazak, A. (2017, June). Family psychosocial care model for congenital heart disease: A crowdsourced study. Poster presented at the 6th annual Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Symposium, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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