Jennifer Christofferson

BS (2010) Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA
MS (2012) Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Primary office:
Dole Human Development Center
Room 2008


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.

Selected Publications

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., 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

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

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.

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

Selected Presentations

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.

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.

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.

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