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Joseph Bush, PhD
Associate Dean - School of Psychology
Doctoral Faculty - School of Psychology
Santa Barbara, CA
PhD, Clinical Child Psychology
University of Virginia (APA Approved), 1983
Areas of Instruction
Scholarly & Professional Interests
Honors and Awards
Other Professional Activities
Full Curriculum Vitae
Areas of Instruction:
Clinical Assessment of Children
Basic and Intermediate Statistics
Pain Assessment and Management
Scholarly & Professional Interests:
Electronic Media Applications in Pediatric Psychology
Pain Assessment and Management in Children
Interpersonal Interactions in Health Care Contexts
Children's Health Care Attitudes
Development of Coping Skills in Children
Child Clinical Psychology
American Psychological Association (12, 38, 53, 54)
Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapy
Society of Behavioral Medicine
Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Virginia Psychological Association
Honors and Awards:
2010: Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
2010: Elected to Fellow Status, APA Division 54 (Society of Pediatric Psychology).
2002 and 2006: Nomination, Distinguished Service Award, Awards Committee of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 54
2002: Nomination, Logan Wright Distinguished Research Award, Awards Committee of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 54
2001: Nomination, Lee Salk Distinguished Research Award, Board of Directors of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 54
1994: Springer Award for Outstanding Research Publication in Rehabilitation Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 22
1991-1992: Professor of the Year, Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Psychology Chapter of Psi Chi
1984-1985: Professor of the Year, Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Psychology Chapter of Psi Chi
Raffle, D. L. & Bush, J. P. (In review). Psychological consequences of chronic pain in young adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease.
Stempel, A. D., & Bush, J. P. (In press). The relationship of parenting style to medical regimen adherence in adolescents with asthma. Journal of Psychological Practice.
Sibille, K., Greene, A. F., & Bush, J. P. (2010). Preparing physicians for the 21st century: Targeting communication skills and the promotion of health behavior change. Annals of Behavioral Science and Health Education, 16(1), 7-13.
Raffle, D. L., Bryson, W. J., & Bush, J. P. (2009). Great Escapes: Psychological benefits of organized programs for children with chronic illnesses and their families. Journal of Psychological Practice, 15(1), 50-70.
Bisignano, A., & Bush, J. P. (2006). Distress in pediatric hematology-oncology patients undergoing intravenous procedures: Evaluation of a CD-ROM intervention. Children’s Health Care, 35(1), 61-74.
Latifses, V., Estroff, D. B., Field, T., & Bush, J. P. (2005). Fathers massaging and relaxing their pregnant wives lowered anxiety and facilitated marital adjustment. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 9, 277-282.
Bisignano, A., & Bush, J. P. (2004). Children’s appraisals of stressful medical procedures: Developmentally specific interventions to facilitate adaptive coping. Journal of Psychological Practice, 10(1), 1-24.
Bush, J. P., Huchital, J. R., & Simonian, S. J. (2002). An introduction to program and research initiatives of the STARBRIGHT Foundation. Children’s Health Care, 31(1), 1-10.
Bush, J. P. & Simonian, S. J. (2002). New directions in research on STARBRIGHT interventions. Children’s Health Care, 31(1), 87-91.
Bush, J. P., & Simonian, S. J. (Eds.) (2002). Special issue: Program and research initiatives of the STARBRIGHT Foundation. Children’s Health Care, 31(1).
Bush, J. P., & DeLuca, C. J. (2001). Developmental biopsychosocial concept of pain. Journal of Psychological Practice, 7(2), 57-76.
Bush, J. P. (2000). Child and adolescent health psychology: Clinical and policy-level efforts. A review of the Handbook of pediatric and adolescent health psychology. Contemporary Psychology, 45(5), 556-559.
Hartin-Bush, J., Barnett, C., Bush, J. P., Grier, L., Eugene, D., & Welcker, J. (2011, May).
Nutritional and psychological impacts of school gardens on first and second graders. University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources Healthy Families and Communities Strategic Initiative Conference. Davis, CA.
Also presented (2011, June) to University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Statewide Master Gardener Conference. Santa Rosa, CA.
Also presented (2011, October) to Sustainable Food Systems Strategic Initiative Conference, Davis, CA.
Raffle, D. L. & Bush, J. P. (2009, August). Psychological characteristics of young adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease. American Psychological Association, Toronto, ON.
Note: One of 16 presentations selected by the APA Science Student Council and the APA Board of ScientificAffairs for inclusion in the 2009 special session for excellent student posters: Psychological Science Superstars.
Raffle, D. L., Bryson, W. J., & Bush, J. P. (2008, August). StarlightStarbright program for families of children with chronic disease: Evaluation. Paper presented to the American Psychological Association. Boston, MA.
Bush, J. P. (2006, June). The role of research in evaluating and developing intervention programs for children with serious illness and their families. Invited address to the Board of Directors, Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation. Los Angeles, CA.
Huchital, J. R., Weiner, L., Bearison, D., Bush, J. P., Hazzard, A., Nicholas, D., Robinson, T., Tissington, L., & Walco, G. (2005, June). Multi-independent site research to assess multiple outcomes and implementation approaches. Conference on Critical Issues in E-Health Research.
Bethesda, MD. Bush, J. P. (2004, October). Evaluation research on psychoeducational intervention programs for children with serious illness and their families developed by the Starbright Foundation. Invited address: Conference on Innovations in the Use of New Technologies in Research and Clinical Care for Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults with Chronic Illnesses and Special Health Care Needs. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.
Bush, J. P. (2003, May). Electronic media tools: Their use in enhancing the psychological adjustment of children with chronic illness. Invited Grand Rounds presentation at Cottage Hospital. Santa Barbara, CA.
Bush, J. P. (2002, December). Helping children cope with the challenge of illness: Media and technology innovations. Invited presentation at Fielding Graduate Institute President’s Briefing Series. Santa Barbara, CA.
Bush, J. P. (2002, June). The purposes of research on media-based interventions for chronically ill children. Invited presentation at the Starbright Foundation. Los Angeles, CA.
Bush, J. P. (2001, August). Evaluating innovative media-based interventions for chronically ill children: Research findings. Invited presentation (Division 41) at the American Psychological Association. San Francisco, CA.
Bush, J. P. (2000, August). Technology innovations in pediatric psychology: Research on Starbright initiatives. Invited presentation (Division 54) at the American Psychological Association. Washington, DC.
Bush, J. P., & Leffert, N. (2000, April). Psychology and the future of health care. Presented at the Fielding Institute Community Forum. Santa Barbara, CA.
Bush, J. P. (2000, January). Helping children cope with stressful medical experiences: Consulting with parents and health professionals to help them help better. Presented at the World Conference on Pediatric Neuropsychology. Santa Barbara, CA.
2011: Principal Investigator,
Starbright World Effectiveness Evaluation Research Study
, Starlight Children’s Foundation, $23,000 Direct Costs (1 Year), No Indirect Costs, In Review
2011: Co-Principal Investigator,
Nutritional and Psychological Impacts of School Gardens on First and Second Graders
, University of California Davis Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources for Healthy Families and Communities Strategic Initiative. $48,000 Direct Costs (1 Year), No Indirect Costs, Not Approved
2010: Principal Investigator,
, Fielding Graduate University Faculty Research Grant, $8,000 Direct Costs (1 Year), No Indirect Costs, Approved and Funded
2008: Principal Investigator,
Effects of Online Peer Support in Improving Psychological Quality of Life in Children and Adolescents with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Follow-Up Investigation of Generalizability and Durability of Effects
, Fielding Graduate University Faculty Research Grant, 8,000 Direct Costs (1 Year), No Indirect Costs, Approved and Funded
2006: Principal Investigator,
Effects of Online Peer Support in Improving Psychological Quality of Life in Children and Adolescents with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
, UniHealth Foundation, $87,085 Direct Costs; $95,794 Total Costs, Approved and Funded
2004: Project Director,
Alleviating Pediatric Pain and Distress: Training Seminars for Health Professionals
, UniHealth Foundation, $68,000 Direct Costs; $75,559 Total Costs, Approved and Funded
2000: Co-Principal Investigator,
Massage Therapy during Pregnancy
, $8,000 Direct Costs (One Year), No Indirect Costs, Fielding Institute Faculty Research Grant-in-Aid, Approved and Funded
Associate Dean for Research & Doctoral Faculty, School of Psychology, Fielding Graduate University.
Other Professional Activities:
2006-present: Editorial Board,
Journal of Pediatric Psychology
2004-present: Co-Owner and Editor/Writer, Palm Springs Writing Services.
2002-present: Adjunct Faculty in Psychology, Antioch University, Santa Barbara, CA.
1995-present: Editorial Board,
Children's Health Care
1993-present: Consultant, Research Design and Pediatric Psychology, Starlight Starbright Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.
1993-present: Consultant and Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Pain Program, Departments of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.
1992-present: Health Psychology Track Coordinator, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA.
1998-2005: Society for Pediatric Psychology Representative, Starbright Foundation Advisory Committee, Los Angeles, CA. 1997-2001: Chair, Research and Scholarship Committee, The Fielding Institute, Santa Barbara, CA.
2000: Guest Editor,
Children's Health Care
. Special issue, Technology Innovations in Pediatric Psychology.
Conference Program Reviewer: Society for Behavioral Health Medicine.
Health Psychology Specialization Area Coordinator
Annals of Behavioral Medicine
Journal of Clinical Child Psychology
American Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Journal of Pediatric Psychology
Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community
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