Meghan Marsac, Ph.D.


Meghan Marsac, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics, University of Kentucky


Dr. Meghan Marsac is a licensed pediatric psychologist and a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky and Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Dr. Marsac is a leader in the field of pediatric medical trauma (i.e., emotional and physical reactions to a medical diagnosis or treatment), having published over 60 academic articles and 10 chapters on this topic. With a goal of empowering parents, Dr. Marsac co-authored a groundbreaking book for parents to use to help their children through medical care: Afraid of the Doctor, Every Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Managing Medical Trauma. In addition to her book, Dr. Marsac has created an innovative evidence-based coping kit (i.e., the Cellie Coping Kit) for children with medical conditions and their siblings. She also serves as the CEO of the Cellie Coping Company.

Dr. Marsac has given hundreds of seminars and trainings on understanding and promoting adjustment to medical conditions in children and their families and on trauma-informed medical care.

Research Interests

Dr. Marsac’s program of research centers on medical trauma and includes conducting grant-funded studies to identify predictors of emotional and physical outcomes in the context of acute or chronic medical conditions, developing and validating assessment tools, and creating and evaluating programs to promote recovery and/or adjustment to medical conditions in children and families.


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