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Jennifer V. Schurman, PhD

TitleClinical Psychologist
InstitutionChildren's Mercy Kansas City
DepartmentPediatrics
Address2401 Gillham Rd
Kansas City MO 64108
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    TitleDirector of GI Psychological Services and Programs
    InstitutionChildren's Mercy Kansas City
    DepartmentPediatrics

    TitleDirector of GI Research
    InstitutionChildren's Mercy Kansas City
    DepartmentPediatrics

    TitleCo-Director, Abdominal Pain Program
    InstitutionChildren's Mercy Kansas City
    DepartmentPediatrics

    TitleProfessor of Pediatrics
    InstitutionUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City
    DepartmentPediatrics


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    University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OHPhD2002
    Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MOFellowship2003Child Psychology
    Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO InternshipClinical Child Psychology

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    Dr. Schurman is a practicing pediatric psychologist with expertise in the areas of both pain management and gastroenterology, having established and co-directed the Children’s Mercy (CM) Abdominal Pain Program (APP) for more than 15 years. She maintains an active clinical research program focused on understanding the interaction of psychosocial, inflammatory, and endocrine factors in the experience of chronic abdominal pain, with emphasis on developing strategies for pain prevention and early intervention that can be rapidly translated back into clinical care. It is noteworthy that the APP, a nationally recognized clinical program, is set up to allow every patient to be a research participant in some fashion, from retrospective reporting on naturalistic outcomes and trajectories of treatment response to prospective randomized clinical trials. This clinical research enterprise has led to a strong research pipeline and track record of publication and presentation, with more than 50 manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals and more than 80 presentations at national or international meetings, as well as authoritative chapters on chronic abdominal pain for the Oxford Textbook of Pediatric Pain and the Handbook of Pediatric Psychology. She has been a PI or co-PI for several grant-funded projects. Over the past several years, she has worked on developing a collaborative research program that works to harness the heterogeneity of the population of youth with chronic functional abdominal pain to better understand and match treatment to the unique set of contributors in each clinical patient. This work holds considerable promise to revolutionize clinical practice by demonstrating proof of concept for individualized tailoring of evidence-based treatment packages in pediatric abdominal pain as an exemplar condition. Dr. Schurman also is the current Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, an official journal of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54 of the American Psychological Association).

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    1. Friesen C, Singh M, Singh V, Schurman JV. A cross-sectional study of nausea in functional abdominal pain: relation to mucosal mast cells and psychological functioning. BMC Gastroenterol. 2020 May 11; 20(1):144. PMID: 32393272.
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    2. Simon DA, Friesen CA, Schurman JV, Colombo JM. Biliary Dyskinesia in Children and Adolescents: A Mini Review. Front Pediatr. 2020; 8:122. PMID: 32266192.
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    3. Vargas-Luna FM, Huerta-Franco MR, Schurman JV, Deacy AD, Bagherian A, Harvey L, Friesen CA. Electrogastrographic and autonomic nervous system responses to solid and liquid meals in youth with functional dyspepsia. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2020 04; 32(4):e13785. PMID: 32017336.
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    4. Singh M, Singh V, Schurman JV, Friesen CA. Mucosal Th17 Cells Are Increased in Pediatric Functional Dyspepsia Associated with Chronic Gastritis. Dig Dis Sci. 2020 Jan 08. PMID: 31916087.
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    5. Monzon AD, Cushing CC, Friesen CA, Schurman JV. The Association Between Affect and Sleep in Adolescents With and Without FGIDs. J Pediatr Psychol. 2020 Jan 01; 45(1):110-119. PMID: 31769842.
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    6. Wojtowicz AA, Schurman JV, Cushing CC, Plevinsky JM, Greenley RN . Perceptions of clinical training in biopsychosocial treatment of pediatric functional abdominal pain: A survey of medical students. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2020; 8(1):37-44.
    7. Cushing CC, Kichline T, Blossom JB, Friesen CA, Schurman JV. Tailoring Individualized Evaluation of Pediatric Abdominal Pain Using Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA): A Pilot Study Testing Feasibility and Acceptability. Clin J Pain. 2019 Nov; 35(11):859-868. PMID: 31436560.
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    8. Vargas-Luna FM, Huerta-Franco MR, Schurman JV, Deacy AD, Bagherian A, Harvey L, Friesen CA. Heart Rate Variability and Gastric Electrical Response to a Cold Pressor Task in Youth with Functional Dyspepsia. Dig Dis Sci. 2020 Apr; 65(4):1074-1081. PMID: 31549333.
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    9. Kichline T, Cushing CC, Ortega A, Friesen C, Schurman JV. Associations Between Physical Activity and Chronic Pain Severity in Youth With Chronic Abdominal Pain. Clin J Pain. 2019 07; 35(7):618-624. PMID: 31008726.
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    10. Deacy AD, Friesen CA, Staggs VS, Schurman JV. Evaluation of clinical outcomes in an interdisciplinary abdominal pain clinic: A retrospective, exploratory review. World J Gastroenterol. 2019 Jun 28; 25(24):3079-3090. PMID: 31293343.
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    11. Friesen CA, Colombo JM, Schurman JV. The evolving role of endoscopy in the evaluation of pediatric functional dyspepsia: A review. Gastrointestinal Disorders. 2019; 1:176–190.
    12. Friesen CA, Schurman JV. The challenges of evolving Rome criteria for functional dyspepsia. Transl Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2018; 3:63. PMID: 30363737.
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    13. Friesen C, Singh M, Singh V, Schurman JV. An observational study of headaches in children and adolescents with functional abdominal pain: Relationship to mucosal inflammation and gastrointestinal and somatic symptoms. Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Jul; 97(30):e11395. PMID: 30045261.
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    14. Singh V, Singh M, Schurman JV, Friesen CA. Histopathological changes in the gastroduodenal mucosa of children with functional dyspepsia. Pathol Res Pract. 2018 Aug; 214(8):1173-1178. PMID: 30078402.
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    15. Edwards T, Friesen C, Schurman JV. Classification of pediatric functional gastrointestinal disorders related to abdominal pain using Rome III vs. Rome IV criterions. BMC Gastroenterol. 2018 Mar 17; 18(1):41. PMID: 29549882.
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    16. Schurman JV, Karazsia BT, Friesen CA. Examination of competing diagnostic models of functional gastrointestinal disorders related to pain in children. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2017 Nov; 29(11). PMID: 28656703.
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    17. Schurman JV, Deacy AD, Johnson RJ, Parker J, Williams K, Wallace D, Connelly M, Anson L, Mroczka K. Using quality improvement methods to increase use of pain prevention strategies for childhood vaccination. World J Clin Pediatr. 2017 Feb 08; 6(1):81-88. PMID: 28224099.
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    18. Connelly M, Wallace DP, Williams K, Parker J, Schurman JV. Parent Attitudes Toward Pain Management for Childhood Immunizations. Clin J Pain. 2016 08; 32(8):654-8. PMID: 26710227.
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    19. Friesen CA, Rosen JM, Schurman JV. Prevalence of overlap syndromes and symptoms in pediatric functional dyspepsia. BMC Gastroenterol. 2016 Jul 25; 16(1):75. PMID: 27457769.
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    20. Reed-Knight B, Claar RL, Schurman JV, van Tilburg MA. Implementing psychological therapies for functional GI disorders in children and adults. Expert Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2016 Sep; 10(9):981-4. PMID: 27356273.
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    21. Wojtowicz AA, Plevinsky JM, Poulopoulos N, Schurman JV, Greenley RN. Examining predictors of healthcare utilization in youth with inflammatory bowel disease. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2016 Apr; 28(4):469-74. PMID: 26642430.
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    22. Zybach K, Friesen CA, Schurman JV. Therapeutic effect of melatonin on pediatric functional dyspepsia: A pilot study. World J Gastrointest Pharmacol Ther. 2016 Feb 06; 7(1):156-61. PMID: 26855822.
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    23. Walter JG, Kahn SA, Noe JD, Schurman JV, Miller SA, Greenley RN. Feeling Fine: Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms in Youth with Established IBD. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2016 Feb; 22(2):402-8. PMID: 26756694.
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    24. Friesen CA, Schurman JV, Abdel-Rahman SM. Present state and future challenges in pediatric abdominal pain therapeutics research: Looking beyond the forest. World J Gastrointest Pharmacol Ther. 2015 Nov 06; 6(4):96-104. PMID: 26558142.
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    25. Hijaz NM, Friesen CA, Schurman JV, Pearce RE, Abdel-Rahman SM. Plasma ghrelin and liquid gastric emptying in children with functional dyspepsia consistent with post-prandial distress syndrome. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2015 Aug; 27(8):1120-6. PMID: 25962328.
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    26. Schurman JV, Friesen CA. Identifying potential pediatric chronic abdominal pain triggers using ecological momentary assessment. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2015; 3:131-141.
    27. Greenley RN, Karazsia B, Schurman JV, Gumidyala AP, Nguyen EU, Thomason MM, Walter JG, Noe J, Werlin S, Kahn SA. Trajectories of oral medication adherence in youth with inflammatory bowel disease. Health Psychol. 2015 May; 34(5):514-21. PMID: 25222087.
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    28. Rosen JM, Cocjin JT, Schurman JV, Colombo JM, Friesen CA. Visceral hypersensitivity and electromechanical dysfunction as therapeutic targets in pediatric functional dyspepsia. World J Gastrointest Pharmacol Ther. 2014 Aug 06; 5(3):122-38. PMID: 25133041.
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    29. Schurman JV, Kessler ED, Friesen CA. Understanding and treatment of chronic abdominal pain in pediatric primary care. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2014 Oct; 53(11):1032-40. PMID: 25079069.
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    30. Deacy AD, Maddux MH, Wassom M, Johnson RJ, Schurman JV. No guts, no glory: models of integrated care within a GI subspecialty practice. Mo Med. 2014 May-Jun; 111(3):217-21. PMID: 25011344.
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    31. Neilan NA, Garg UC, Schurman JV, Friesen CA. Intestinal permeability in children/adolescents with functional dyspepsia. BMC Res Notes. 2014 May 01; 7:275. PMID: 24886078.
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    32. Schurman JV, Gayes LA. Commentary: Putting tools in context: how pediatric psychologists can leverage science to improve clinical care. J Pediatr Psychol. 2014 Mar; 39(2):262-3. PMID: 24443739.
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    33. Colombo JM, Neilan NA, Schurman JV, Friesen CA. Validation of methods to assess potential biomarkers in pediatric patients with esophageal eosinophilia. World J Gastrointest Pharmacol Ther. 2013 Nov 06; 4(4):113-9. PMID: 24199027.
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    34. Friesen CA, Schurman JV, Colombo JM, Abdel-Rahman SM. Eosinophils and mast cells as therapeutic targets in pediatric functional dyspepsia. World J Gastrointest Pharmacol Ther. 2013 Nov 06; 4(4):86-96. PMID: 24199024.
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    35. Greenley RN, Stephens KA, Nguyen EU, Kunz JH, Janas L, Goday P, Schurman JV. Vitamin and mineral supplement adherence in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. J Pediatr Psychol. 2013 Sep; 38(8):883-92. PMID: 23818680.
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    36. Schurman JV, Hunter HL, Danda CE, Friesen CA, Hyman PE, Cocjin JT. Parental illness encouragement behavior among children with functional gastrointestinal disorders: a factor analysis with implications for research and clinical practice. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2013 Jun; 20(2):255-61. PMID: 22945665.
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    37. Cushing CC, Friesen CA, Schurman JV. Collaboration with medical professionals in clinical practice: pediatric abdominal pain as a case example. Fam Syst Health. 2012 Dec; 30(4):279-90. PMID: 23276139.
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    38. Schurman JV, Friesen CA, Dai H, Danda CE, Hyman PE, Cocjin JT. Sleep problems and functional disability in children with functional gastrointestinal disorders: an examination of the potential mediating effects of physical and emotional symptoms. BMC Gastroenterol. 2012 Oct 15; 12:142. PMID: 23067390.
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    39. Greenley RN, Kunz JH, Schurman JV, Swanson E. Abdominal pain and health related quality of life in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. J Pediatr Psychol. 2013 Jan-Feb; 38(1):63-71. PMID: 23027718.
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    40. Friesen CA, Neilan N, Daniel JF, Radford K, Schurman JV, Li DY, Andre L, St Peter SD, Holcomb GW. Mast cell activation and clinical outcome in pediatric cholelithiasis and biliary dyskinesia. BMC Res Notes. 2011 Sep 06; 4:322. PMID: 21896203.
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    41. Schurman JV, Cushing CC, Garey CL, Laituri CA, St Peter SD. Quality of life assessment between laparoscopic appendectomy at presentation and interval appendectomy for perforated appendicitis with abscess: analysis of a prospective randomized trial. J Pediatr Surg. 2011 Jun; 46(6):1121-5. PMID: 21683209.
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    42. Schurman JV, Singh M, Singh V, Neilan N, Friesen CA. Symptoms and subtypes in pediatric functional dyspepsia: relation to mucosal inflammation and psychological functioning. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2010 Sep; 51(3):298-303. PMID: 20479684.
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    43. Schurman JV, Friesen CA. Integrative treatment approaches: family satisfaction with a multidisciplinary paediatric Abdominal Pain Clinic. Int J Integr Care. 2010 Aug 02; 10. PMID: 20922066.
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    44. Schurman JV, Cushing CC, Carpenter E, Christenson K. Volitional and accidental nonadherence to pediatric inflammatory bowel disease treatment plans: initial investigation of associations with quality of life and disease activity. J Pediatr Psychol. 2011 Jan; 36(1):116-25. PMID: 20498007.
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    45. Neilan NA, Dowling PJ, Taylor DL, Ryan P, Schurman JV, Friesen CA. Useful biomarkers in pediatric eosinophilic duodenitis and their existence: a case-control, single-blind, observational pilot study. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2010 Apr; 50(4):377-84. PMID: 20216101.
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    46. Schurman JV, Wu YP, Grayson P, Friesen CA. A pilot study to assess the efficacy of biofeedback-assisted relaxation training as an adjunct treatment for pediatric functional dyspepsia associated with duodenal eosinophilia. J Pediatr Psychol. 2010 Sep; 35(8):837-47. PMID: 20185416.
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    47. Schurman JV, Hunter HL, Friesen CA. Conceptualization and treatment of chronic abdominal pain in pediatric gastroenterology practice. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2010 Jan; 50(1):32-7. PMID: 19915496.
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    48. Friesen CA, Lin Z, Schurman JV, Andre L, McCallum RW. The effect of a meal and water loading on heart rate variability in children with functional dyspepsia. Dig Dis Sci. 2010 Aug; 55(8):2283-7. PMID: 19882248.
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    49. Friesen CA, Neilan NA, Schurman JV, Taylor DL, Kearns GL, Abdel-Rahman SM. Montelukast in the treatment of duodenal eosinophilia in children with dyspepsia: effect on eosinophil density and activation in relation to pharmacokinetics. BMC Gastroenterol. 2009 May 11; 9:32. PMID: 19432972.
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    50. Schurman JV, Danda CE, Friesen CA, Hyman PE, Simon SD, Cocjin JT. Variations in psychological profile among children with recurrent abdominal pain. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2008 Sep; 15(3):241-51. PMID: 19104969.
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    51. Friesen CA, Lin Z, Singh M, Singh V, Schurman JV, Burchell N, Cocjin JT, McCallum RW. Antral inflammatory cells, gastric emptying, and electrogastrography in pediatric functional dyspepsia. Dig Dis Sci. 2008 Oct; 53(10):2634-40. PMID: 18320315.
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    52. Friesen CA, Lin Z, Schurman JV, Andre L, Mc Callum RW. Autonomic nervous system response to a solid meal and water loading in healthy children: its relation to gastric myoelectrical activity. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2007 May; 19(5):376-82. PMID: 17509019.
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    53. Schurman JV, Friesen CA, Andre L, Welchert E, Lavenbarg T, Danda CE, Cocjin JT, Hyman PE. Diagnostic utility of the water load test in children with chronic abdominal pain. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2007 Jan; 44(1):51-7. PMID: 17204953.
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    54. Friesen CA, Lin Z, Schurman JV, Andre L, McCallum RW. An evaluation of adult electrogastrography criteria in healthy children. Dig Dis Sci. 2006 Oct; 51(10):1824-8. PMID: 16957992.
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    55. Friesen CA, Lin Z, Hyman PE, Andre L, Welchert E, Schurman JV, Cocjin JT, Burchell N, Pulliam S, Moore A, Lavenbarg T, McCallum RW. Electrogastrography in pediatric functional dyspepsia: relationship to gastric emptying and symptom severity. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2006 Mar; 42(3):265-9. PMID: 16540794.
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    56. Schurman JV, Friesen CA. Chronic abdominal pain in children: an update. Mo Med. 2006 Jan-Feb; 103(1):69-75; quiz 75-6. PMID: 16579309.
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    57. Schurman JV, Friesen CA, Danda CE, Andre L, Welchert E, Lavenbarg T, Cocjin JT, Hyman PE. Diagnosing functional abdominal pain with the Rome II criteria: parent, child, and clinician agreement. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2005 Sep; 41(3):291-5. PMID: 16131983.
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    58. Holmbeck GN, Li ST, Schurman JV, Friedman D, Coakley RM. Collecting and managing multisource and multimethod data in studies of pediatric populations. J Pediatr Psychol. 2002 Jan-Feb; 27(1):5-18. PMID: 11726675.
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    59. Cady J, Schurman J. Adolescent males: the forgotten half. NAACOGS Clin Issu Perinat Womens Health Nurs. 1991; 2(2):255-62. PMID: 2043421.
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