Melissa K. Cousino serves as the attending psychologist to the pediatric heart and kidney transplant teams at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan. As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School, her clinically-informed research efforts include the study of patient and family adjustment and quality of life in pediatric solid organ transplantation, ethical issues in pediatric solid organ transplantation, and healthcare communication and decision-making in pediatric medicine. Melissa is actively involved in research to improve communication between providers, patients and families via medical education and hospital-based quality improvement interventions.
“I am inspired and energized by the dedicated clinical, educational and research efforts of IPEP faculty and learners to improve the ways we communicate and deliver healthcare in pediatric medicine. It is truly an honor to learn and collaborate among this interdisciplinary team!”
As a former post-doctoral psychology fellow and mentee of Dr. Elaine Meyer, PhD, RN, at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Melissa was involved in IPEP’s Aligning Family-Team Expectations During Surgical Consent project. She is thrilled to remain involved in this important and novel work.