Timothy Hartshorne
  • Position: School Faculty, Principal Investigator of DB Central, SASP Advisor
  • Department: Psychology
  • Campus Address: Sloan Hall 215, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
  • Email: harts1ts@cmich.edu
  • Vitae: Curriculum Vitae

Website:  CHARGE Lab


Tim Hartshorne received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in School Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1979. From 1978-1989 he directed the specialist level school psychology program at Wichita State University. He has been at CMU since 1989. He had a brief sojourn as school psychology program director, seven years as department chair, and two years as assistant vice provost.

Research Interest:


My present research is focused on understanding challenging behavior in children with CHARGE syndrome, a relatively rare genetic syndrome with multiple affects. I am trying to find out to what extent the behavior is due to genes, early medical experiences, sensory loss, and parent-child interaction. My initial papers sought to identify the nature and extent of the behaviors, and to distinguish the behaviors from children with autism ​and those with deafblindness. Current projects look at the experience of stress, pain and its affect on behavior, and the extent of genetic testing in CHARGE. I also have a major initiative looking at self-regulation deficits in CHARGE and their impact on behavior. I am also interested in how parents and families cope with having a child with severe disabilities, along with issues of loss.


Recent Work: 

Hartshorne, T. S., Schafer, A., Stratton, K. K., Nacarato, T. M. (2013). Family Resilience Relative to Children with Severe Disabilities.  In D. S. Becvar (Ed). Handbook of Family Resilience  (Part 5, 361-383). New York: Springer.  
Hartshorne, T. S., Stratton, K. K., & van Ravenswaaij, C. M. A. (2011). Prevalence of genetic testing in CHARGE syndrome. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 20, 49-57. 
Hartshorne, T. S. (2011).  Understanding behavior in CHARGE syndrome.  In U. Horsch, & A. Scheele (Eds.).  Compendium on CHARGE syndrome: Multi-disciplinary and international perspectives (pp. 189-197).. Heidelberg, German: Median-Verlag.
Hartshorne, T. S., Hefner, M. A., Davenport, S. L. H., & Thelin, J. W. (Eds.) (2011). CHARGE Syndrome.  San Diego: Plural.
Jacob, S., Decker, D. M., & Hartshorne, T. S. (2011).  Ethics and law for school psychologists (6th Ed).  John Wiley.
Hartshorne, T. S. (2009).  Wieso, weshalb, warum? Verhaltensweisen beim CHARGE-Syndrom verstehen lernen.  In U. Horsch & A. Schleele (Eds.).  Das CHARGE-Sundrom (pp. 219-229). Heidelberg, Germany, Median-Verlag.
Blake, K.D., MacCuspie, J., Hartshorne, T. S., Roy, M., Davenport, S. L. H., & Corsten, G. (2009).  Postoperative airway events of individuals with CHARGE syndrome.  International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 73, 219-226.
Hartshorne, T. S., Heussler, H. S., Dailor, A. N., Williams, G. L., Papadopoulos, D.,  and Brandt, K. K.  (2009). Sleep Disturbances in CHARGE Syndrome:  Types and Relationships with Behaviour and Caregiver Well-Being.  Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 51, 143-150.
Blake, K.D., Hartshorne, T. S., Lawand, C., Dailor, A. N., & Thelin, J. W. (2008).  Cranial nerve manifestations in CHARGE syndrome.  American Journal of Medical Genetics, 146A, 585-592.
Reda, N. M. & Hartshorne, T. S. (2008).Attachment, bonding, and parental stress in CHARGE syndrome.Mental Health Aspects of Developmental Disabilities, 11, 10-21.