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Joseph Bush, Ph.D. - Fielding Graduate University. Palm Desert, CA, US

Joseph Bush, Ph.D.

Associate Faculty - Clinical Psychology | Fielding Graduate University


Pediatric Psychology; Child Pain; Parent-Child Interactions in Stressful Medical Situations; Psychological Effects of School Gardens



Joseph Bush, Ph.D. Publication







Joseph Bush is a Faculty Research Specialist in the Clinical Psychology Program and an Associate Faculty in the Post Baccalaureate Certificate program in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University.

Industry Expertise (9)


Training and Development


Mental Health Care

Program Development

Professional Training and Coaching


Writing and Editing

Health and Wellness

Areas of Expertise (11)

Electronic Media Applications in Pediatric Psychology

Health Psychology

Pediatric Psychology


Child Development

Pain Assessment and Management

Research Design

Therapeutic Horticulture

Development of Coping Skills in Children

Children's Health Care Attitudes

Parenting Children in Stressful Medical Situations

Accomplishments (5)

Paul Harris Fellow (professional)

(2010) Awarded by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

Fellow (professional)

(2010) Awarded by the American Psychological Association Division 54, Society for Pediatric Psychology

Springer Award for Outstanding Research Publication in Rehabilitation Psychology (professional)

(1994) Awarded by the American Psychological Association.

Professor of the Year (professional)

(1992) Awarded by Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Psychology Chapter of Psi Chi.

Professor of the Year (professional)

(1984) Awarded by Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Psychology Chapter of Psi Chi

Education (2)

University of Virginia: PhD, Clinical Child Psychology 1983

University of Florida: Internship, Clinical Psychology 1983

Affiliations (4)

  • Fielding Graduate University : Coordinator Health Psychology Concentration Clinical Psychology Program
  • Children's Health Care : Associate Editor
  • Free Arts Program : Research Consultant
  • Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapy

Media Appearances (1)

Joseph Bush Named an APA Fellow

Fielding Graduate University News  online


Joseph Bush, PhD, an associate dean in Fielding's School of Psychology, has been named a Fellow of The Society of Pediatric Psychology, Division 54 of the American Psychological Association (APA)...

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Event Appearances (13)

Friendships predict bully and victim status in school-age children and adolescents.

(August 2021). Presented to the American Psychological Association, Virtual.  

Accurately identifying flourishing in adolescents: Predictors and protective factors.

(August 2020). Presented to the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.  

Therapeutic effects of youth participation in Free Arts programs: Demographic factors.

(June 2020). Presented to the International Conference on the Arts in Society, Galway, Ireland.  

Accurately identifying flourishing in adolescents: Predictors and protective factors.

(May 2020). Presented to the Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.  

The biopsychosocial factors of systemic resilience in adolescent flourishing.

(May 2020). Presented to the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.  

The impact of behavioral treatments on functional outcomes in adolescents with mild, moderate, and severe ASD.

(March 2020). Presented to the California Association of Behavior Analysis, Santa Clara, CA.  

Does the association between generational status and the initiation of breastfeeding differ between Asian and Hispanic Americans?

(October 2019). Presented to the National Latinx Psychological Association, Miami, FL.  

Does breastfeeding duration moderate the relationship between maternal education level and early childhood pre-reading skills?

(September 2019.) Presented to the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Washington, DC.  

Breastfeeding duration and its association with parental physical and mental health and parenting stress.

(May 2019). Presented to the Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax, NS.  

Therapeutic effects of youth participation in Free Arts mentorship.

(August 2018). Presented to the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.  

Should I stay or should I go? Factors inhibiting and promoting emergency room use among children.

(April 2018). Presented to the Society of Pediatric Psychology, Orlando, FL.  

Does income level matter? Impact of breastfeeding type on developmental risk in early childhood.

(October 2017). Presented to the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Cleveland, OH.  

Breastfeeding duration: Comparison of Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and non-WIC supported families

(August 2016) American Psychological Association Conference  Denver, CO

Research Grants (4)

(2016) Free Arts Outcome Evaluation Research Grant

Fielding Graduate University, Faculty Research Grant $4,000

Principal Investigator

(2015) Free Arts for Abused Children Effectiveness Evaluation Research Study

Free Arts for Abused Children $5,000

Principal Investigator

(2011) Starbright World Effectiveness Evaluation Research Study

Starlight Children's Foundation $13,225

Principal Investigator

(2010) Therapeutic Horticulture

Fielding Graduate University, Faculty Research Grant $8,000

Principal Investigator

Articles (8)

Deficits in socialization and daily living skills associated with gastrointestinal symptoms in children with autism spectrum disorder.

Children’s Health Care, 50(4), 398-412. https://doi.org/10.1080/02739615.2021.1925117.

(2021). Voulgarakis, H. M., Saulnier, C. A., Bendell-Estroff, D., Bush, J. P., & Field, T. M.


The need for an integrated cognitive-behavioral model for co-occurring chronic pain and insomnia

Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

(2015) Bryson, W.J., Read, J.B., Bush, J.P., & Edwards, C.L.

A clinical intervention in chronic pain and insomnia with a combined model of treatment: A test of concept

Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

(2014) Bryson, W. J., Read, J. B., Bush, J. P., & Edwards, C. L.

Distress in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Patients Undergoing Intravenous Procedures: Evaluation of a CD-ROM Intervention

Children's Health Care

(2006) This study assessed the influence of a developmentally specific CD-ROM intervention on cognitive appraisals, fear, behavioral distress, and pain in pediatric hematology-oncology patients scheduled for intravenous (IV) procedures. Thirty children, 7 to 18 years of age, were randomly assigned either to a standard medical care group or a standard medical care plus CD-ROM intervention group. It was hypothesized that using the CD-ROM would decrease threat appraisals of the IV procedure, causing decreased fear of the IV, less behavioral distress, and less pain during the IV.

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Children in pain: Clinical and research issues from a developmental perspective


(1991) Children in Pain argues consistently and persuasively that both models of pain assessment, intervention techniques, and research designs must demonstrate a sophisticated appreciation for developmental considerations. Topics explored include assessment of pediatric pain; coping and adaptation in children's pain; developmental issues among infants and toddlers and among preschool and school-age children, as well as among adolescents; recurrent abdominal pain; burn injury and treatment; chronic and recurrent pain in hemophilia, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and sickle cell disease; developmental aspects of the biobehavioral treatment of migraine in childhood; and helping children cope with painful medical procedures.

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Patterns of PRN analgesic drug administration in children following elective surgery

Journal of Pediatric Psychology

(1989) Conducted chart review study of 114 4-to 14-year-olds hospitalized for elective surgery to investigate analgesic medication patterns. Correcting for body weight and different drug potencies, correlations were examined between analgesics, child age, ...

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Children’s attitudes about health care: Initial development of a questionnaire

Journal of Pediatric Psychology

(1987) This study is a preliminary report of the development and initial psychometric evaluation of a new instrument designed to measure children's attitudes toward health care. The Children's Health Care Attitudes Questionnaire (CHCAQ) taps attitudes toward health care providers, settings, and procedures across the following dimensions: like-dislike, attributed effectiveness-ineffectiveness, and approach-avoidance. The questionnaire incorporates nonverbal as well as verbal respon alternatives, in order to improve its suitability for younger children.

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Mother–child patterns of coping with anticipatory medical stress

Health Psychology

(1986) Studied maternal influences on children's fear and coping behaviors during a medical examination in a pediatric outpatient clinic, using a dyadic prestressor interaction scale to measure anticipatory reactions just prior to contact with the physician. Analysis of ...

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