Shenk-Chad

Chad Shenk

Associate Professor, HDFS

230 HHD Building
814-865-9688
ces140@psu.edu

Biography

It is well known that child maltreatment affects long-term health and development. However, important scientific questions about the impact of child maltreatment remain and require answers if we are to allocate

resources commensurate with the risks these children face. For instance, why do effect sizes vary across studies of child maltreatment examining the same health outcome?  What are the causal pathways that explain why child maltreatment leads to diverse outcomes across the health spectrum?  How can we improve the effectiveness of interventions, both preventive and treatment, for those children affected by maltreatment? 
These questions spur three interrelated aims in my research laboratory: 1) advance methods that facilitate the accurate estimation of the impact of child maltreatment across adverse health outcomes, 2) identify risk
mechanisms leading to multiple adverse health outcomes in the child maltreatment population, and 3) optimize the prevention and treatment of psychopathology by targeting and engaging identified mechanisms.

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Current Projects

Recent Publications

Cognitive behavioral therapy plus amitriptyline for children and adolescents with chronic migraine reduces headache days to _ 3 per month

Kroner, J. W., Hershey, A. D., Kashikar-Zuck, S. M., LeCates, S. L., Allen, J. R., Slater, S. K., Zafar, M., Kabbouche, M. A., O'Brien, H. L., Shenk, C. E., Rausch, J. R., Kroon Van Diest, A. M., & Powers, S. W. (2016). Cognitive behavioral therapy plus amitriptyline for children and adolescents with chronic migraine reduces headache days to _ 3 per month. Headache, 56(4), 711-716. ISBN/ISSN #/Case #/DOI #: doi: 10.1111/head.12795

Predictors of maternal depressive symptom trajectories over the first 18 months in home visiting

Teeters, A. R., Ammerman, R. T., Shenk, C. E., Goyal, N. G., Folger, A. T., Putnam, F. W., & van Ginkel, J. B. (2016). Predictors of maternal depressive symptom trajectories over the first 18 months in home visiting. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 86, 415-424. doi 10.1037/ort0000159

Psychometric evaluation of the Comprehensive Trauma Interview PTSD Symptoms Scale following exposure to child maltreatment

Shenk, C. E., Noll, J. G., Griffin, A., Allen, E. K., Lee, S. E., Lewkovich, K. L., & Allen, B. D. (2016, In Press). Psychometric evaluation of the Comprehensive Trauma Interview PTSD Symptoms Scale following exposure to child maltreatment. Child Maltreatment. doi: 10775595

Contamination in the prospective study of child maltreatment and female adolescent health

Shenk, C. E., Noll, J. G., Peugh, J. L., Griffin, A. M., & Bensman, H. E. (2016). Contamination in the prospective study of child maltreatment and female adolescent health. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 41, 37-45. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsv017