Adrian Ortega

BS (2017) University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
MA (2019) University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Primary office:
Dole Human Development Center


I am a third year student in Dr. Christopher Cushing’s Pediatric Health Insight Team (PHIT) lab. My primary research interests are in understanding the microtemporal (i.e., moment-to-moment) processes that influence healthy decision-making in youth. My research goals are to better explain the underlying mechanisms that mediate physical activity behaviors. My long-term aim is to translate these findings into personalized clinical interventions (e.g. just-in-time adaptive interventions, N-of-1 RCTs) for youth with chronic health conditions.

Selected Publications

Ortega, A. & Cushing, C.C. (in press). JPP student journal club commentary: Associations between boys’ early childhood exposure to family and neighborhood poverty and body mass index in early adolescence. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.  
Cushing, C.C., Fedele, D.A., Patton, S., McQuaid, E.L., Smyth, J., Prabhakaran, S., Gierer, S., Koskela-Staples, N., Ortega, A., Fleming, K., & Nezu, A. (in press). Responsive Asthma Care for Teens (ReACT): Development protocol for an adaptive mobile health intervention for adolescents with asthma. BMJ Open.
Kichline, T., Cushing, C.C., Ortega, A., Friesen, C.A., & Schurman, J.V. (2019). Associations between physical activity and chronic pain severity in youth with chronic abdominal pain. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 35(7), 618-624.
Cushing, C.C., Monzon, A., Ortega, A., Bejarano, C., & 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.

Fedele, D. A., Cushing, C.C., Fritz, A., Amaro, C., & Ortega, A. (2017). Mobile-health interventions for improving health outcomes in youth: A Meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatrics, 171(5), 461-469. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.0042

Lawless, C., Fritz, A.M., Ortega, A., Everhart, R.E., Baker, D.B., Abu Hasan, M., Delgado, S., & Fedele, D.A. (2016). Sleep in children with Cystic Fibrosis and their caregivers. Pediatric Pulmonology, 51, 473.

Selected Presentations

Ortega, A., Cushing, C.C. Developing empirical decision points for adaptive mHealth physical activity interventions: A Multilevel Survival Analysis. Poster to be presented at the Society of Pediatric Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Kichline, T., Ortega, A., Monzon, A., Schurman, J.V., Friesen, C., & Cushing, C.C. Physical activity as a moderator in this association between affect and pain intensity in children with functional gastrointestinal disorders using ecological momentary assessments. Poster to be presented at the Society of Pediatric Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Ortega, A., Bejarano, C., Kichline, T., Monzon, A., Cushing, C. C. (2018, October). Feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of a network underwritten dynamic goals engine (NUDGE) program to promote physical activity in adolescents. Poster presented at the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Kansas City, MO.

Kichline, T., Ortega, A., Storrer, B., Schurman, J.V., Friesen, C., Cushing, C.C. (2018, October). Using ecological momentary assessment and multilevel modeling to examine the relationship between activity-levels and chronic pain intensity in children with chronic abdominal pain. Poster presented at the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Kansas City, MO.

Ortega, A., Bejarano, C., Monzon, A., Kichline, T., Reed, D., Cushing, C. C. (2018, April). Hedonic hunger modifies the effect of delay discounting on food consumption: An ecological momentary assessment and behavioral economics study. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Ortega, A., Lawless, C., Fritz, A., Fedele, D.A. (2017, March). Parental sleep and adherence in children with Cystic Fibrosis. Poster presented at the University of Florida Undergraduate Research Symposium, Gainesville, FL. 

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