Symptoms of PFD in Children with Food Allergy

April 21, 2022 2:00 pm

We will present results of a secondary database analysis to examine symptoms of problematic feeding using the Pediatric Eating Assessment Tool (PediEAT) in children with food allergy (FA) compared to healthy children. We will also explore factors that may contribute to increased symptoms of problematic feeding in children with FA.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to list 5 of the 8 most common FAs.
  • Participants will identify PFD symptoms that were related to FA, as measured by the PediEAT.
  • Participants will be able to apply knowledge about the concurrence of FA and PFD in assessment.


  • Hayley Estrem, PhD, RN

    Hayley Estrem, PhD, RN, is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at University of North Carolina Wilmington. Dr. Estrem’s primary research interests are guided by the NIH Symptom Science model and aim to improve family-centered care for children with PFD and/or developmental disabilities. In her research program, Dr. Estrem combines patient centered outcomes measure development, multi-method integration, and the goal of family-centered care for infants and children with special health care needs. Dr. Estrem’s work started with concept analysis of pediatric feeding problems and measure development and she frequently works with interdisciplinary teams to build evidence that addresses the needs of families and children with PFD. She is the current Research Pillar chair for Feeding Matters and has a child with PFD who inspired her to pursue a career in feeding research.

    Financial: I receive a salary from University of North Carolina Wilmington, This study analysis was funded by the Marcus Foundation. Receiving an honorarium from Feeding Matters for the 9th International Pediatric Feeding Disorder Conference.
    Non-Financial: I am a founding member of the Feeding Flock research group, I am a Feeding Matters Pillar chair, and I have a child with PFD.

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  • Jinhee Park, PhD, RN

    Jinhee Park, PhD, RN is an assistant professor at the Boston College Connell School of Nursing. Dr. Park’s clinical background is in neonatal nursing. Her research focuses on improving the understanding of feeding problems among vulnerable infants and young children, with an overall goal of supporting their health and developmental outcomes, and helping families manage their complex feeding needs. Dr. Park has conducted a series of studies to advance science in the health care of infants and young children with feeding problems utilizing a multi-method approach, which includes biobehavioral methods (the integration of physiology and behavioral observation), advanced quantitative analytic methods (trajectory analysis, latent class analysis), mixed methods, symptom science, and the development of measures.

    Financial: I receive a salary from Boston College. This study analysis was funded by the Marcus Foundation.​
    Non-Financial: I am a founding member of the Feeding Flock research group.

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  • Kaitlin Proctor, PhD

    Kaitlin Proctor, PhD, earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Auburn University. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and her postdoctoral residency at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in partnership with Emory University School of Medicine. Her training focused on the application of behavioral interventions and caregiver training to address an array of pediatric concerns, such as disruptive behaviors, anxiety, pain and illness coping, and medication adherence. She currently serves as a psychologist in the Children’s Multidisciplinary Feeding Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Her clinical work focuses on providing assessment and treatment services for children with pediatric feeding disorders and their families as part of a collaborative, multidisciplinary team in outpatient and intensive day treatment programs. Her current research efforts involve active partnership with the CHOA Food Allergy Center at Emory and Children’s, with a focus on supporting patients and families coping with food allergy and comorbid feeding concerns.

    Financial Disclosures: I receive a salary from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, This study analysis was funded by the Marcus Foundation.
    Non-Financial Disclosures : None

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  • Shannon H. Ford PhD, RN, CPNP, CNE

    Over the years, my passion for the clinical scope of nursing and nursing education created a curiosity and desire to expand my nursing skills at the level of research. I have been focused on assessing the collective impact of interacting and coalescing biological, psychological, and social symptoms that have potential mechanisms through the gut-brain-axis on pediatric health outcomes. The main goal of my research was to study multi-dimensional networks to increase understanding of the relationship between biological, psychological, and social symptoms that produce physiologic and/or psychosocial and behavioral outcomes in adolescents in the ABCD Study. I have also had the great pleasure and opportunity to collaborate with amazing researchers to explore various attributes of wellness through data analysis and visualization to improve understanding and support of pediatric population health.

    Financial Disclosures: Salary from UNC-CH, UNCG, & UNCW, Dr. Jinhee Park's Boston College start-up research fund. Dr. Ford is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), a Nurse Practitioner at Lincoln Community Center, and a Clinical Instructor at UNC Chapel Hill and Wilmington (UNC-CH & UNCW).
    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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