Dr. Melissa K. Cousino received a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Case Western Reserve University where she served as an appointee on a National Institute of Health training grant in pediatric psychology. Prior to joining the University of Michigan faculty, Dr. Cousino completed her internship and fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School where she continued specialized training in pediatric psychology and pediatric palliative care. Currently, Dr. Cousino serves as a member of the pediatric heart and kidney transplant teams at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. She works collaboratively with all members of the transplant teams to promote coping, foster quality of life, and address transplant-related challenges, such as adherence to treatment regimen, anxiety related to procedures/treatment, and transition to adult care. Dr. Cousino’s active clinical research program focuses on healthcare communication and decision-making in pediatric medicine, end of life care in pediatric end stage organ disease, and patient and family adjustment and quality of life in pediatric solid organ transplantation. Her research is funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, and Enduring Hearts.
09:00 - 10:30
|Pre-Congress Symposium — The Family in Stress: Assessment, strategies and outcomes||Overview of the family in stress: Parent and family functioning after SOT||Stanley Park - Ballroom 1|
11:10 - 12:10
|Interactive Workshop — IPTA-ISHLT Joint Workshop: End of Life Does Not Mean End of Care for Children Before and After Thoracic Organ Transplantation||A hard day at work” Caring for patients at end of life: Reducing burnout and promoting resilience||Seymour Room|