Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Aimee Hildenbrand, PhD

Aimee Hildenbrand - CIRP CHOP
CIRP Associate Fellow

Aimee Hildenbrand, PhD is an Associate Fellow at CIRP and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Healthcare Delivery Science (CHDS) and the Division of Behavioral Health at Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. In her role at Nemours, Dr. Hildenbrand contributes to applied translational research examining psychosocial factors relevant to pediatric healthcare outcomes under the mentorship of Dr. Melissa Alderfer. She also provides evidence-based clinical services for children with cancer and chronic pain conditions.

Her research focuses on neurocognitive and psychosocial consequences of pediatric trauma and illness, with a specific emphasis on the intersection between traumatic stress and pain in youth. For example, her Master’s thesis investigated relationships between acute pain, opioid medication use, and posttraumatic stress after pediatric injury. Her dissertation examined the interactions between quantity and timing of childhood traumatic events, posttraumatic stress, and chronic musculoskeletal pain in youth.

Dr. Hildenbrand completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Drexel University in 2017. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship/residency training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology. Dr. Hildenbrand has been part of CIRP's Post-injury Care and Recovery research team since 2009 under the mentorship of Meghan Marsac, PhD and Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD. She has presented her research at international and national conferences and through peer-reviewed publications, books, and book chapters. As a result of her passion and commitment to empirical pediatric research, Dr. Hildenbrand has received several awards, including the Drexel Doctoral Research Excellence Award, the Graduate Student Spotlight Award from the Society of Pediatric Psychology (APA Division 54), and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) 2016 Student Poster Award. She also currently serves as the Student Editorial Liaison for the Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

Dr. Hildenbrand can be contacted at

Research Interests

neurocognitive and psychosocial consequences of pediatric trauma and illness; pediatric acute and chronic pain; trauma and traumatic stress


Child and Adolescent Reaction to Injury and Trauma (CARIT); The Cellie Coping Kit for Sickle Cell Disease; The Cellie Coping Kit for Injury; The Cellie Coping Kit for Cancer;;