An Explanatory Model of Pediatric Feeding Disorders: A Mixed Methods Assessment of Health and Functioning

April 29, 2021 5:15 pm

Feeding disorders impact children’s health and functioning and an in-depth understanding would support the continued development of effective management strategies. The purpose of this study is to (1) characterize medical diagnoses, feeding and psychosocial impairments, activity and social participation limitations, and quality of life for children with feeding disorders; and (2) examine meaningful family outcomes and preferred treatment approaches.


  • Meg Simione, PhD, CCC-SLP

    Meg Simione, PhD CCC-SLP, is an Instructor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, research scientist, and speech-language pathologist at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. She specializes in pediatric feeding and swallowing. Dr. Simione’s research focuses on infant and child feeding and growth, pediatric feeding disorders, and implementation science.

    Financial Disclosures: Dr. Simione is employed by the Massachusetts General Hospital where she receives a salary.
    Non-Financial Disclosures: Dr. Simione is the chair of the 2022 Program Committee. She is also a member of ASHA.

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  • Stephanie Harshman, PhD, RD, Lda

    Stephanie Harshman, PhD RD LD, is a research fellow in Neuroendocrinology at Mass General Hospital and a dietitian in The Center for Feeding and Nutrition at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children. Dr. Harshman’s research focuses on identifying the impact of the gut microbiome and neuroendocrine signaling in pediatric feeding and eating disorders.

    Financial Disclosures: Stephanie receives a salary from Massachusetts General Hospital for Children.
    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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  • Lauren Fiechtner, MD, MPH

    Lauren Fiechtner, MD, MPH

    Lauren Fiechtner, MD, MPH is the Director of Nutrition in the Divisions of Gastroenterology and Nutrition and General Academic Pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Senior Health and Research Advisor at the Greater Boston Food Bank. Her interests include reducing nutrition related health disparities with a particular focus on childhood obesity and feeding disorders.

    Financial Disclosures: None
    Non-financial Disclosures: None

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