Cynthia Karlson, Ph.D.

About Cynthia Karlson, Ph.D.

Cynthia Karlson, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology/Oncology, and Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). Dr. Karlson received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL and completed her Ph.D. in clinical health psychology at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at UMMC in Jackson, MS. Dr. Karlson divides her time between clinical work, research, and clinical student training. Her research program focuses on chronic pain and neurocognitive conditions in children and adolescents with cancer and sickle cell disease. Dr. Karlson also has ongoing research investigating how family factors (e.g., parental emotional health, family conflict) interact with the experience of pain and emotional health in children with cancer and sickle cell disease. Dr. Karlson is Director of Inpatient Pediatric Psychology at UMMC and oversees psychology clinical services across pediatric medical conditions such as craniofacial conditions, heart transplant, diabetes, trauma, and chronic pain. Dr. Karlson believes that every child is a gift and deserves the right to grow up happy, without teasing or bullying. Her 50-minute interactive presentation on bullying is based on evidence-based information and strategies to teach kids how to recognize, prevent, and stop bullying.

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Prior Presentations:

  1. “Stop Bullying” (October 2019) Community Presentation to youth group at Madison United Methodist Church in Madison, MS
  2. Regular clinical counseling on bullying for pediatric medical patients

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