Meghan L. Marsac, PhD
Associate Fellow

Dr. Marsac is an Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky's College of Medicine and an Associate Fellow at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


Meghan L. Marsac, PhD is an Associate Fellow at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Injury Research and Prevention. Dr. Marsac is also a Pediatric Psychologist and Behavioral Researcher. Her research focuses on promoting adjustment and preventing posttraumatic stress in ill and injured children and their parents. In addition, Dr. Marsac specializes in training medical teams in the implementation of trauma-informed medical care. Clinically, she implements evidence-based practices to facilitate families' management of medical treatment and emotional adjustment to challenging diagnoses and medical procedures.

Dr. Marsac has served as a Principal Investigator for several projects examining how children and parents cope with stressful medical events (asthma, dental procedures, cancer, sickle cell disease, injury and trauma). She is currently an Associate Professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky and a Pediatric Psychologist at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, where she is leading a research program on medical traumatic stress.

The overarching goals of her research are to advance the understanding of potential un-malleable screening variables (biological), as well as malleable factors (psychological, environmental) to target in posttraumatic stress preventive interventions. Additionally, Dr. Marsac and her research team are conducting several studies evaluating preventive programs for psychological symptoms in children with medical conditions (such as Coping Coach and Cellie Coping Kit).

BS, Baldwin-Wallace College (Neuroscience Psychology), 2003

PhD, University of Toledo (Psychology), 2008

Associate Fellow, Center for Injury Research and Prevention, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Associate Professor, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky

Pediatric Psychologist, Kentucky Children's Hospital

Jones AC, Kassam-Adams N, Ciesla JA, Barakat LP, Marsac ML. A Prospective Examination of Child Avoidance Coping and Parental Coping Assistance After Pediatric Injury: A Mixed-Methods Approach. J Pediatr Psychol. 2019.

Kassam-Adams N, Kohser K, McLaughlin J, Winston FK, Marsac ML. Evaluating the Acceptability and Validity of Assessing Pain and Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in an Adaptable eHealth System for School-Age Children. Clin Pract Pediatr Psychol. 2019;7(1):9-19.

Marsac ML, Sprang G, Guller L, Kohser K, Draus JM, Kassam-Adams N. A Parent-Led Intervention to Promote Recovery Following Pediatric Injury: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. Trials. 2019;20(1):137.

Cutuli JJ, Alderfer MA, Marsac ML. Introduction to the Special Issue: Trauma-informed Care for Children and Families. Psychol Serv. 2019;16(1):1-6.

Contact Information
UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital - Pavilion H, 800 Rose St., Lexington, KY 40536