Timothy Hartshorne, Ph.D.
  • 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.


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