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Education and Training
PhD University of Connecticut
MS City University of New York
BS City University of New York

Joan Kearney, PhD CS APRN BC
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Research/Clinical Interests
Dr Kearney's background is in child and adolescent psychiatry as well as developmental psychology. She is a core faculty member of the CUSON Center for Children and Families and is an expert in the psychiatric assessment and treatment of children and adolescents. Her clinical interests include infant, preschool and child psychiatry, early onset mood disorders, risk and traumatic stress in caregivers and children; and maternal depression, trauma and mental illness. She is currently coordinating the expansion of the core specialization in child and adolescent psychiatry with a focus on trauma, attachment, and neurobiology of development and early psychopathology.
She is trained in a number of attachment based and representational measures for use in research including the Reaction to Diagnosis Interview, the MacArthur Story Stem Battery and Reflective Functioning measures. One of her current research projects includes work on the development of a new tool to assess psychological engagement of parents in treatment planning across pediatric specialties including palliative care and psychiatric trauma populations. Her general research interests include developmental psychopathology and attachment and caregiving systems in families at risk, specifically,families exposed to violence and families with seriously ill children. She is interested in video assisted feedback and relationally based intervention studies with caregivers and children at high risk.
Mixed methods designs

Please see website for the Center for Children and Families
Dr Mary Byrne, Director

Selected Publications
Kearney, J.A. & Cushing, E. (2012) A multimodal pilot intervention with violence-exposed mothers in a child psychiatric trauma focused treatment program. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 33(8), DOI:10.3109/016/2840.2012.688254
Kearney, J. A., Britner, P.A., Farrell, A.F., Robinson, J. L. (2011). Mothers resolution of their young childrens psychiatric diagnoses: Associations with child, parent, and relationship characteristics. Child Psychiatry and Human Development 42, 3. DOI: 10.1007/s10578-011-0217-6
Kearney, J. A., & Byrne, M. W. (2011). Planning with parents for seriously ill children: Preliminary results on the development of the Parental Engagement Scale. Palliative and Supportive Care, 9(4).
Kearney, J. (2010). Women and Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: Themes in maternal interviews about their childrens psychiatric diagnoses. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. Special Issue: Violence Exposure in Children , Adolescents, and Women: The Lived Experience, 31( 2), 74-81. DOI: 10.3109/0612840903308515.
Kearney, J.A. (2004). Early Reactions to Frustration: Developmental Trends in Anger, Individual Response Styles and Implications for Caregiving Risk. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 17 (3),105-112.

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination Committee
Curriculum committee

Professional Memberships
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society
Eastern Nursing Research Society
American Psychological Association, Div 7- Developmental Psychopathology and Div. 54-Society for Pediatric Psychology
Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)
American Nurses Association- Connecticut
International Society of Psychiatric Nursing

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