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Department of Psychology
*** Dr. Schatz is accepting students for Fall 2024 ***
After earning his bachelor of science degree at the University of Iowa in 1989, Dr. Schatz went on to earn his Ph.D. in 1997 from the Clinical Psychology Training Program at Washington University in St. Louis. From 1996 to 1998 he was a postdoctoral fellow in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Schatz's major area of work is in understanding how chronic pediatric health conditions affect cognitive abilities, school adjustment, and quality of life. Specific areas of work are:
- Pediatric psychology and neuropsychology
- Biopsychosocial factors in sickle cell disease, particularly in terms of understanding cognitive development and promoting educational success
- The impact of sickle cell disease pain on child development
Dr. Schatz's research work involves multi-level models of children's developmental outcomes including social/environmental, behavioral, and biological factors. Outcomes are often measured with psychological testing, cognitive science techniques, and functional measures from classroom performance. Examples of areas of measurement used to understand these outcomes include:
- Social-environmental factors: family/home environment, family resources, school quality
- Behavioral factors: parent, teacher, and child-reported behavior ratings
- Biological factors: quantitative magnetic resonance imaging, cerebral blood flow
His primary teaching interests are in the areas of:
- Abnormal Psychology
- Psychological Assessment
- Cognitive Neuropsychology & Cognitive Neuroscience
- Neuropsychological Assessment of Children
Smith, K.E. & Schatz, J. (2016). Working memory in children with neurocognitive effects from sickle cell disease: Contributions of the central executive and processing speed. Developmental Neuropsychology, 41(4), 231-244.
Schlenz, A.M., Schatz, J., & Roberts, C.W. (2016). Examining biopsychosocial factors in relation to multiple pain features in pediatric sickle cell disease. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 41(8), 930-940.
Schatz, J., Schlenz, A.M., McClellan, C.B., Puffer, E.S., Hardy, S., Pfeiffer, M. & Roberts, C.W. (2015). Changes in coping, pain and activity following cognitive-behavioral training: A randomized clinical trial for pediatric sickle cell disease using smartphones. Clinical Journal of Pain, 31(6), 536-547.
Katz, T. & Schatz, J. (2014). Overlapping biological mechanisms underlying sickle cell disease, stress, and depression: A stress-vulnerability framework. Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 22, 205-215. [featured article for the journal’s continuing medical education program]
Schatz, J., Stancil, M., Katz, T., & Sanchez, C.E. (2014). EXAMINER executive function battery and neurologic morbidity in pediatric sickle cell disease. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20, 29-40.