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Dr. Meghan Marsac is a pediatric psychologist and a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky and Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Dr. Marsac is a leader in the field of pediatric medical trauma, having published over 60 academic articles and 10 chapters on this topic. Her primary professional goal is to improve the experience of living with medical conditions for children and families. Her work is represented in leading medical journals such as JAMA Pediatrics and Pediatrics and leading health psychology journals such as the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and Health Psychology.


Dr. Marsac currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and Journal of Traumatic Stress. Dr. Marsac has also given hundreds of talks on understanding and promoting adjustment to injury and illness in children and their families. She is CEO of the Cellie Coping Company, which has distributed over 2000 coping kits to families of children with medical conditions.


In addition, Dr. Marsac specializes in training medical teams in the implementation of trauma-informed medical care. Clinically, Dr. Marsac implements evidence-based practices to facilitate families’ management of medical treatment and emotional adjustment to challenging diagnoses and medical procedures. 

She is the mom of two energetic, loving boys. As a family, they enjoy playing outside, running around playing tag, reading, playing videogames, and creating projects.


  • C. Eugene Walker Education Award in Pediatric Psychology, American Psychological Association 

  • Selected for APA’s Advanced Training Institute on Structural Equation Modeling for Longitudinal Data 

  • Chairman’s Research Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Kentucky 

  • Best poster presentation: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition, Section of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine  

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