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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Katie Kidwell

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Assistant Professor




B.A., Psychology, University of Virginia

M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Predoctoral Internship/Residency, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

National Institutes of Health T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Research Training in Child Behavior and Nutrition, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Research Interests

My research focuses on the intersection of physical health, mental health, and key health behaviors (sleep, eating) in pediatric populations. Research projects emphasize the use of objective measurement (e.g., actigraphy, medical record review, salivary biomarkers, performance-based measures) and interdisciplinary collaboration to inform evidenced-based recommendations and interventions.

Prospective graduate students who are interested in pediatric health psychology research within the clinical psychology doctoral program would be a good fit for my lab. Individuals who are interested in being research assistants within the lab are encouraged to reach out via email.


PSY 335 Psychology of Childhood
PSY 442 Research Methods in Child Psychology
PSY 648 Assessment II

Representative Publications

Additional publications can be found at

Vrabec, A., Yuhas, M., Deyo, A., & Kidwell, K.M. (2022). Social jet lag and eating styles in young adults. Chronobiology International.

Kidwell, K. M., Tomaso, C., Lundahl, A., & Nelson, T. D. (2020). Confirmatory factor analysis of the parental feeding style questionnaire with a preschool sample. Eating and Weight Disorders, 25, 407-414.

Kidwell, K. M., McGinnis, J. C., Nguyen, A. V., Arcidiacono, S. J., & Nelson, T. D. (2019). A pilot study examining the effectiveness of brief sleep treatment to improve children’s emotional and behavioral functioning. Children’s Health Care, 48(3), 314-331.

Nelson, T. D., Kidwell, K. M., Hankey, M., Nelson, J. M., & Espy, K. A. (2018). Preschool executive control and sleep problems in early adolescence. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 16(5), 494-503.

Kidwell, K. M., Kozikowski, C., Roth, T., Lundahl, A., & Nelson, T. D. (2018). Concurrent and longitudinal associations among temperament, parental feeding styles, and selective eating in a preschool sample. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 43(5), 572-583.

Kidwell, K. M., Hankey, M., Nelson, J. M., Espy, K. A., & Nelson, T. D. (2017). Child executive control as a moderator of the longitudinal association between sleep problems and subsequent attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 42(10), 1144-1155.

Hankey, M., Kidwell, K. M., Nelson, J. M., Espy, K. A., & Nelson, T. D. (2017). Weight status as a mediator of the association between preschool extraversion and adolescent restrained eating. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 42(8), 882-891.