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Laura Edith Simons, Ph.D.

TitleAssistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry
InstitutionChildren's Hospital Boston
DepartmentPsychiatry
AddressBoston Children's Hospital
Pain Treatment Service
21 Autumn St., Office 110.3
Boston MA 02215
Phone617/919-4677
Fax617/730-0759
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  1. Simons LE, Smith A, Ibagon C, Coakley R, Logan DE, Schechter N, Borsook D, Hill JC. Pediatric Pain Screening Tool: rapid identification of risk in youth with pain complaints. Pain. 2015 Aug; 156(8):1511-8.
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  2. Smith AM, Sieberg CB, Odell S, Randall E, Simons LE. Living Life With My Child's Pain: The Parent Pain Acceptance Questionnaire (PPAQ). Clin J Pain. 2015 Jul; 31(7):633-41.
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  3. Hechler T, Kanstrup M, Holley AL, Simons LE, Wicksell R, Hirschfeld G, Zernikow B. Systematic Review on Intensive Interdisciplinary Pain Treatment of Children With Chronic Pain. Pediatrics. 2015 Jul; 136(1):115-27.
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  4. Simons LE, Sieberg CB. Parents-to help or hinder pain memories in children. Pain. 2015 May; 156(5):761-2.
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  5. Loiselle KA, Gutierrez-Colina AM, Eaton CK, Simons LE, Devine KA, Mee LL, Blount RL. Longitudinal stability of medication adherence among adolescent solid organ transplant recipients. Pediatr Transplant. 2015 Jun; 19(4):428-35.
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  6. Simons LE, Smith A, Kaczynski K, Basch M. Living in fear of your child's pain: the parent fear of pain questionnaire. Pain. 2015 Apr; 156(4):694-702.
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  7. Eaton CK, Lee JL, Simons LE, Devine KA, Mee LL, Blount RL. Clinical cutoffs for adherence barriers in solid organ transplant recipients: how many is too many? J Pediatr Psychol. 2015 May; 40(4):431-41.
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  8. Pielech M, Ryan M, Logan D, Kaczynski K, White MT, Simons LE. Pain catastrophizing in children with chronic pain and their parents: Proposed clinical reference points and reexamination of the Pain Catastrophizing Scale measure. Pain. 2014 Nov; 155(11):2360-7.
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  9. Becerra L, Sava S, Simons LE, Drosos AM, Sethna N, Berde C, Lebel AA, Borsook D. Intrinsic brain networks normalize with treatment in pediatric complex regional pain syndrome. Neuroimage Clin. 2014; 6:347-69.
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  10. Cappucci S, Simons LE. Anxiety sensitivity and fear of pain in paediatric headache patients. Eur J Pain. 2015 Feb; 19(2):246-52.
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  11. Simons LE, Pielech M, Erpelding N, Linnman C, Moulton E, Sava S, Lebel A, Serrano P, Sethna N, Berde C, Becerra L, Borsook D. The responsive amygdala: treatment-induced alterations in functional connectivity in pediatric complex regional pain syndrome. Pain. 2014 Sep; 155(9):1727-42.
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  12. Lee JL, Eaton C, Gutiérrez-Colina AM, Devine K, Simons LE, Mee L, Blount RL. Longitudinal stability of specific barriers to medication adherence. J Pediatr Psychol. 2014 Aug; 39(7):667-76.
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  13. Simons LE, Pielech M, Cappucci S, Lebel A. Fear of pain in pediatric headache. Cephalalgia. 2015 Jan; 35(1):36-44.
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  14. Carpino E, Segal S, Logan D, Lebel A, Simons LE. The interplay of pain-related self-efficacy and fear on functional outcomes among youth with headache. J Pain. 2014 May; 15(5):527-34.
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  15. Simons LE, Elman I, Borsook D. Psychological processing in chronic pain: a neural systems approach. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2014 Feb; 39:61-78.
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  16. Sieberg CB, Simons LE, Edelstein MR, DeAngelis MR, Pielech M, Sethna N, Hresko MT. Pain prevalence and trajectories following pediatric spinal fusion surgery. J Pain. 2013 Dec; 14(12):1694-702.
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  17. Erpelding N, Sava S, Simons LE, Lebel A, Serrano P, Becerra L, Borsook D. Habenula functional resting-state connectivity in pediatric CRPS. J Neurophysiol. 2014 Jan; 111(2):239-47.
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  18. Simons LE, Sieberg CB, Coakley RM. Patients with pain are not all the same: considering fear of pain and other individual factors in treatment. Pain Manag. 2013 Mar; 3(2):87-9.
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  19. Reed-Knight B, Loiselle KA, Devine KA, Simons LE, Mee LL, Blount RL. Health-related quality of life and perceived need for mental health services in adolescent solid organ transplant recipients. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2013 Mar; 20(1):88-96.
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  20. Simons LE. Growing up in the society of pediatric psychology: reflections of an early career psychologist. J Pediatr Psychol. 2013 Mar; 38(2):132-4.
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  21. Logan DE, Carpino EA, Chiang G, Condon M, Firn E, Gaughan VJ, Hogan M, Leslie DS, Olson K, Sager S, Sethna N, Simons LE, Zurakowski D, Berde CB. A day-hospital approach to treatment of pediatric complex regional pain syndrome: initial functional outcomes. Clin J Pain. 2012 Nov-Dec; 28(9):766-74.
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  22. Simons LE, Sieberg CB, Pielech M, Conroy C, Logan DE. What does it take? Comparing intensive rehabilitation to outpatient treatment for children with significant pain-related disability. J Pediatr Psychol. 2013 Mar; 38(2):213-23.
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  23. Simons LE, Moulton EA, Linnman C, Carpino E, Becerra L, Borsook D. The human amygdala and pain: evidence from neuroimaging. Hum Brain Mapp. 2014 Feb; 35(2):527-38.
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  24. Simons LE, Kaczynski KJ, Conroy C, Logan DE. Fear of pain in the context of intensive pain rehabilitation among children and adolescents with neuropathic pain: associations with treatment response. J Pain. 2012 Dec; 13(12):1151-61.
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  25. Simons LE, Kaczynski KJ. The Fear Avoidance model of chronic pain: examination for pediatric application. J Pain. 2012 Sep; 13(9):827-35.
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  26. Logan DE, Conroy C, Sieberg CB, Simons LE. Changes in willingness to self-manage pain among children and adolescents and their parents enrolled in an intensive interdisciplinary pediatric pain treatment program. Pain. 2012 Sep; 153(9):1863-70.
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  27. Simons LE, Sieberg CB, Claar RL. Anxiety and impairment in a large sample of children and adolescents with chronic pain. Pain Res Manag. 2012 Mar-Apr; 17(2):93-7.
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  28. Logan DE, Simons LE, Carpino EA. Too sick for school? Parent influences on school functioning among children with chronic pain. Pain. 2012 Feb; 153(2):437-43.
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  29. Guite JW, Logan DE, Simons LE, Blood EA, Kerns RD. Readiness to change in pediatric chronic pain: initial validation of adolescent and parent versions of the Pain Stages of Change Questionnaire. Pain. 2011 Oct; 152(10):2301-11.
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  30. Simons LE, Sieberg CB, Kaczynski KJ. Measuring parent beliefs about child acceptance of pain: a preliminary validation of the Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire, parent report. Pain. 2011 Oct; 152(10):2294-300.
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  31. Sieberg CB, Williams S, Simons LE. Do parent protective responses mediate the relation between parent distress and child functional disability among children with chronic pain? J Pediatr Psychol. 2011 Oct; 36(9):1043-51.
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  32. Kaczynski KJ, Simons LE, Claar RL. Anxiety, coping, and disability: a test of mediation in a pediatric chronic pain sample. J Pediatr Psychol. 2011 Sep; 36(8):932-41.
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  33. Claar RL, Simons LE. Adolescents' pain coping profiles: expectations for treatment, functional outcomes and adherence to psychological treatment recommendations. Pain Res Manag. 2011 May-Jun; 16(3):192-6.
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  34. Simons LE, Sieberg CB, Carpino E, Logan D, Berde C. The Fear of Pain Questionnaire (FOPQ): assessment of pain-related fear among children and adolescents with chronic pain. J Pain. 2011 Jun; 12(6):677-86.
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  35. Devine KA, Reed-Knight B, Loiselle KA, Simons LE, Mee LL, Blount RL. Predictors of long-term health-related quality of life in adolescent solid organ transplant recipients. J Pediatr Psychol. 2011 Sep; 36(8):891-901.
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  36. Devine KA, Reed-Knight B, Simons LE, Mee LL, Blount RL. Prospective comparison of parent and adolescent report of health-related quality of life in adolescent solid organ transplant recipients. Pediatr Transplant. 2010 Dec; 14(8):1000-6.
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  37. Simons LE, Logan DE, Chastain L, Cerullo M. Engagement in multidisciplinary interventions for pediatric chronic pain: parental expectations, barriers, and child outcomes. Clin J Pain. 2010 May; 26(4):291-9.
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  38. Simons LE, McCormick ML, Devine K, Blount RL. Medication barriers predict adolescent transplant recipients' adherence and clinical outcomes at 18-month follow-up. J Pediatr Psychol. 2010 Oct; 35(9):1038-48.
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  39. Logan DE, Simons LE. Development of a group intervention to improve school functioning in adolescents with chronic pain and depressive symptoms: a study of feasibility and preliminary efficacy. J Pediatr Psychol. 2010 Sep; 35(8):823-36.
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  40. Simons LE, Logan DE, Chastain L, Stein M. The relation of social functioning to school impairment among adolescents with chronic pain. Clin J Pain. 2010 Jan; 26(1):16-22.
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  41. Logan DE, Simons LE, Kaczynski KJ. School functioning in adolescents with chronic pain: the role of depressive symptoms in school impairment. J Pediatr Psychol. 2009 Sep; 34(8):882-92.
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  42. Claar RL, Baber KF, Simons LE, Logan DE, Walker LS. Pain coping profiles in adolescents with chronic pain. Pain. 2008 Nov 30; 140(2):368-75.
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  43. Simons LE, Gilleland J, Blount RL, Amaral S, Berg A, Mee LL. Multidimensional Adherence Classification System: initial development with adolescent transplant recipients. Pediatr Transplant. 2009 Aug; 13(5):590-8.
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  44. Simons LE, McCormick ML, Mee LL, Blount RL. Parent and patient perspectives on barriers to medication adherence in adolescent transplant recipients. Pediatr Transplant. 2009 May; 13(3):338-47.
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  45. Simons LE, Gilleland J, Hubbard McDanel A, Blount RL, & Campbell, R. . Initial development of the Pediatric Camp Outcome Measure . Children’s Health Care. 2008; 37:158-169.
  46. Blount RL, Devine KA, Cheng PS, Simons LE, Hayutin L. The impact of adult behaviors and vocalizations on infant distress during immunizations. J Pediatr Psychol. 2008 Nov-Dec; 33(10):1163-74.
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  47. Simons LE, Claar RL, Logan DL. Chronic pain in adolescence: parental responses, adolescent coping, and their impact on adolescent's pain behaviors. J Pediatr Psychol. 2008 Sep; 33(8):894-904.
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  48. Simons LE, Anglin G, Warshaw BL, Mahle WT, Vincent RN, Blount RL. Understanding the pathway between the transplant experience and health-related quality of life outcomes in adolescents. Pediatr Transplant. 2008 Mar; 12(2):187-93.
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  49. Logan DE, Simons LE, Stein MJ, Chastain L. School impairment in adolescents with chronic pain. J Pain. 2008 May; 9(5):407-16.
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  50. Claar RL, Simons LE, Logan DE. Parental response to children's pain: the moderating impact of children's emotional distress on symptoms and disability. Pain. 2008 Aug 15; 138(1):172-9.
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  51. Scharff L & Simons L. Functional Abdominal Pain. Pain in Children: A Practical Guide for Primary Care. Eds Walco GA, Goldschneider KR. 2008.
  52. Simons L, Ingerski LM, Janicke DM. Social support, coping, and psychological distress in mothers and fathers of pediatric transplant candidates: a pilot study. Pediatr Transplant. 2007 Nov; 11(7):781-7.
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  53. Simons LE, Blount RL, Campbell R, Hubbard A, Goodwin B, Devine K, Benoit M. Decreases in anxiety associated with participation in a camp for children with cardiac defects. Cardiol Young. 2007 Dec; 17(6):631-7.
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  54. Blount RL, Simons LE, Devine KA, Jaaniste T, Cohen LL, Chambers CT, Hayutin LG. Evidence-based assessment of coping and stress in pediatric psychology. J Pediatr Psychol. 2008 Oct; 33(9):1021-45.
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  55. Ohleyer V, Freddo M, Bagner DM, Simons LE, Geffken GR, Silverstein JH, Storch EA. Disease-related stress in parents of children who are overweight: relations with parental anxiety and childhood psychosocial functioning. J Child Health Care. 2007 Jun; 11(2):132-42.
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  56. Simons LE, Blount RL. Identifying barriers to medication adherence in adolescent transplant recipients. J Pediatr Psychol. 2007 Aug; 32(7):831-44.
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  57. Storch EA, Lack CW, Simons LE, Goodman WK, Murphy TK, Geffken GR. A measure of functional impairment in youth with Tourette's syndrome. J Pediatr Psychol. 2007 Sep; 32(8):950-9.
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  58. Simons, L.E., Hubbard, A., Campbell, R.M., & Blount, R.L. . Reductions in parental separation anxiety and self-reported anxiety in pediatric heart patients who attended a one-week pediatric camp. . Cardiology in the Young. 2005; 15:95-108.
  59. Seri, L., Heimler, E., Benoit-Ratcliff, M., Simons, L., & Blount, R. . Development of the child-adult medical procedure interaction scale-infant form. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2003; 24:391.
  60. Patterson, S.M., Simons, L., France, C.R., & Tulodzieski, B. Relationship between hydration status and cardiovascular reactivity: Physiological versus psychological challenge. Psychophysiology. 2001; 38:S75.
  61. France, C.R., Simons, L., Patterson, S.M., & Tulodzieski, B. Vasovagal reactions to a surgery film: Physiological and psychological concomitants. Psychophysiology. 2001; 38:S42.
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