Dr. Melissa K. Cousino received a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Case Western Reserve University where she served as an appointee on a National Institute of Health training grant in pediatric psychology. Prior to joining the University of Michigan faculty, Dr. Cousino completed her internship and fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School where she continued specialized training in pediatric psychology and pediatric palliative care. Currently, Dr. Cousino serves as a member of the pediatric heart and kidney transplant teams at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. She works collaboratively with all members of the transplant teams to promote coping, foster quality of life, and address transplant-related challenges, such as adherence to treatment regimen, anxiety related to procedures/treatment, and transition to adult care. Dr. Cousino’s areas of research focus include: patient and family adjustment and quality of life in pediatric solid organ transplantation, ethical issues in pediatric solid organ transplantation, healthcare communication and decision-making in pediatric medicine, and familial impact of childhood chronic illness. As part of her efforts to advance the science and delivery of pediatric patient-centered healthcare, Dr. Cousino recently completed a grant funded study to develop a communication preferences tool with patients themselves – which solicits child and teen input for how they would like to receive information about their healthcare.