Cathleen Piazza, PhD

Cathleen PiazzaCathleen Piazza, PhD
Pediatric Feeding Disorders
Munroe-Meyer Institute
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450

Phone: (402) 559-8863
E-mail: cpiazza@unmc.edu


Professional Summary:

Dr. Piazza received her doctorate from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. She completed a pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Institute (KKI) and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHUSM) in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Piazza was a faculty member at JHUSM and KKI where she was the Chief Psychologist of the Neurobehavioral Unit, the director of Training, and the director of the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program. In 1999, she became director of the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program and the Training Program at the Marcus Institute in Atlanta. Currently, Dr. Piazza is a Professor in Pediatrics at University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and the director of the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program at Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI). She also has joined the professional teams in the small bowel/liver transplant and intestinal rehabilitation programs. She is a former Associate Editor, former Book Editor, and former Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Education:

PhD, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 1987
MS, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 1984
BS, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 1982

Research Interests and Projects:

  • Assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding disorders
  • Evaluation of the interaction between physiological and behavioral causes of feeding problems
  • Examination of recovery of gut function in pediatric intestinal failure and its interaction with oral feeding

Publications: (within the last 5 years)

  • Dempsey, J., Piazza, C. C., Groff, R. A., & Kozisek, J. M. (2011). A flipped spoon and chin prompt to increase mouth clean. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44, 949-954.
  • LaRue, R. H., Stewart, V., Piazza, C. C., & Volkert, V. M. (2011). Escape as reinforcement and escape extinction in the treatment of feeding problems Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44, 719-735.
  • Groff, R. A., Piazza, C. C., Zeleny, J. R., &  Dempsey, J. R. (2011). Spoon-to-cup fading as treatment for cup drinking in a child with intestinal failure. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44, 949-954.
  • Wilkins, J. W., Piazza, C. C., Groff, R. A., & Vaz, P. C. M. (2011). Chin prompt plus re-presentation as treatment for expulsion in children with feeding disorders. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44, 513-522.
  • Vaz, P. C. M., Volkert, V. M., & Piazza, C. C.(2011).  Using negative reinforcement to increase self-feeding in a child with food selectivity. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44, 915-920.
  • Rivas, K. R., Piazza, C. C., Kadey, H. J., Volkert, V. M., & Stewart, V. (2011). Sequential treatment of a feeding problem using a pacifier and flipped spoon. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44, 387-391.
  • Tang, B., Piazza, C. C., Dolezal, D., & Stein, M. T. (2011). Severe feeding disorder and malnutrition in two children with autism. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 32(3), 264-267.
  • Piazza, C. C. (in press). Challenging cases: Dr. Cathleen C. Piazza. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.
  • Volkert, V. M. Vaz, P. C. M., Piazza, C. C., Frese, J., & Barnett, L. (in press). Using a flipped spoon to decrease packing in children with feeding disorders. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Rivas, K. D., Piazza, C. C., Patel, M. R., & Bachmeyer, M. H. (2010). Spoon distance fading with and without escape extinction as treatment for food refusal.Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 43, 673-683.
  • Bachmeyer, M. H., Piazza, C. C., Fredrick, L. D., Reed, G. K., Rivas, K. D., & Kadey, H. J. (2009). Functional analysis and treatment of multiply controlled inappropriate mealtime behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 42, 641-658.

Professional Affiliation:

  • Association for Behavior Analysis
  • National Register of Psychologists

Awards:

  • Woman of Distinction, Chron’s and Colitis Association (2002)
  • Health Care Hero Finalist, Atlanta Business Chronicle (2001)

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