David R. DeMaso, MD
|Hospital Title||Psychiatrist-in-Chief & Chairman|
|Academic Title||Professor of Psychiatry & Pediatrics|
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston MA 02115
To understand what facilitates or hinders an individual's ability to cope with adversity is the underlying essence of DeMaso's work in the field of pediatric psychosomatic medicine. Children and families facing the stresses of having physical illnesses have been at the center of his research. In the rush to care for the physical needs of ill youngsters, the impact of their illnesses on their emotional development, family supports, and even their caregivers is often forgotten. Given the nearly 20 million children facing chronic physical illnesses, the promotion of coping in those families facing serious pediatric illnesses is of vital public health importance. The development of successful adaptation is dependent on empirical studies that integrate biological, psychological, and social constructs together to understand the full impact of physical illnesses on children.
DeMaso's current research involves such an approach where imaging, psychiatric, and neuropsychiatric techniques are used to understand and intervene with youngsters facing inflammatory bowel and cardiac disease. His research has repeatedly documented that the interactions and "fit" between children and their caretakers has a stronger influence on their psychological adjustment than the medical severity of their illness. This finding has led to the development of an innovative "preventative intervention" designed to foster family resiliency and to reduce pediatric distress through a combination of psychoeducation and narrative techniques. The Experience Journal is a computer-based intervention designed to facilitate coping in families facing emotional and pediatric illness. The journals can be viewed at www.experiencejournal.com.
About David R. DeMaso
David DeMaso received his MD degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed an internship in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, a residency in general psychiatry at Duke, and residency in child and adolescent psychiatry at Children's Hospital Boston and Judge Baker Children's Center, and a pediatric consultation fellowship at Children's Hospital Boston. He is currently the director of the Program for Behavioral Science, which is the research program of the Department of Psychiatry.
- DeMaso DR, Gonzalez-Heydrich J, Dahlmeier Erickson J, Pagan Grimes V, Strohecker C. The Experience Journal: A computer-based intervention for families facing congenital heart disease. J Am Acad Child Adolesc 2000; 39: 727-734.
- DeMaso DR, Lauretti A, Spieth L, Van der Feen JR, Jay KS, Gauvreau K, Walsh EP, Berul CI. Psychosocial factors and quality of life in children and adolescents with implantable cardioverter defibrillators. Am J Cardiology 2004; 93: 582-587.
- DeMaso DR, Kelley SD, Bastardi H, O'Brien P, Blume ED. The longitudinal impact of psychological functioning, medical severity, and family functioning in pediatric heart transplantation. J Heart Lung Transplantation 2004; 23: 473-480.
- DeMaso DR, Marcus NE, Kinnamon C, Gonzalez-Heydrich J. The Depression Experience Journal: A Computer-Based Intervention for Families Facing Childhood Depression. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2006; 45: 158-165.
- Shaw RJ, DeMaso DR. Clinical Manual of Pediatric Psychosomatic Medicine. Mental Health Consultation With Physically Ill Children and Adolescents. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press, Inc, 2006.
- Szigethy E, Craig AE, Lobst EA, Grand R, Keljo D, DeMaso DR, Noll R. The profile of depression in adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease: Implications for treatment. Inflammatory Bowel Disease 2009; 15:69-74.
- Shaw RJ, DeMaso DR, eds., Textbook of Pediatric Psychosomatic Medicine: Mental Health Consultation with Physically Ill Children. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press, Inc, 2010
- DeMaso DR, Martini DR, Cahen LA. Work Group on Quality Issues, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Practice Parameters for the Psychiatric Assessment and Management of Physically Ill Children and Adolescents. J Am Acad Child Adolesc 2009; 48:213-233.
- Gonzalez-Heydrich J, Whitney J, Waber D, Forbes P, Hsin O, Faraone SV, Dodds A, Rao S, Mrakotsky C, MacMillan C, DeMaso DR, de Moor C, Torres A, Borgeois B, Biederman J. Adaptive Phase-I Study of oros-methylphenidate treatment of ADHD with epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior 2010; 18: 229-237.
- Coakley RM, Forbes PW, Kelley SD, LeBovidge J, Beasley P, DeMaso DR, Waber DP. Family Functioning and Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Youth and their Parents after Unintentional Pediatric Injury. J Trauma Studies 2010; 23: 807-810.
- Snell C, Marcus NE, Skitt KS, Gonzalez-Heydrich J, DeMaso DR. Illness-Related Concerns in Caregivers of Psychiatrically Hospitailzed Children with Depression. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth 2010; 27: 115-126.
- Bellinger DC, Wypij D, Rivkin MJ, DeMaso DR, Robertson RL, Rappaport LA, Wernovsky G, Jonas RA, Newburger JW. Adolescents with d-Transposition of the Great Arteries Corrected with the Arterial Switch Procedure: Neuropsychological Assessment and Structural Brain Imaging. Circulation. In press.