Timothy Hartshorne
  • Position: School Faculty, Principal Investigator of DB Central
  • 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 issues of sleep, play, and anxiety. Also we are looking at patterns of ability in children with CHARGE, post-traumatic growth in parents, mindfulness interventions, and developing restorative environments. 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. (2018). Parenting children with severe disability. Journal of Individual Psychology, 74, 421-436.

Stratton, K. K., & Hartshorne, T. S. (2018). Identifying pain in children with CHARGE syndrome. Scandinavian Journal of Pain, Ahead of print. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sjpain-2018-0080.

Hartshorne T. S. (2017). An Adlerian looks at challenging behavior in severe disability. Journal of Individual Psychology, 73, 225-233.

Hartshorne, T. S., Stratton, K. K., Brown, D., Brown, S. M., & Schmittel, M. C. (2017). Behavior in CHARGE syndrome. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part C, 175, 431-438.

Blake, K., Trider, C., Hartshorne, T. S., & Stratton, K. K. (2016). Correspondence to Hale et al. Atypical Phenotypes Associated with Pathogenic CHD7 Variants and a Proposal for Broadening CHARGE Syndrome Clinical Diagnostic Criteria. American Journal of Medical Genetics. Advance online publication.

Hartshorne, T. S., & Schmittel, M. C. (2016). Social-emotional development in children and youth who are deafblind. American Annals of the Deaf, 161, 444–453.

Hartshorne, N., Hudson, A., MacCuspie, J., Kennert, B., Nacarato, T., Hartshorne, T., & Blake, K. (2016). Quality of life in adolescents and adults with CHARGE syndrome. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A 9999A, 1–10.

Vert, R. A., Olson, T. A., Kim, S. Y., Straton, K. K., Hoesch, H. M., & Hartshorne, T. S. (2016). The experience of siblings of idividuals with CHARGE syndrome. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability. Advance online publication.

Martin, D. M., Salem-Hartshorne, N., Hartshorne, T. S., Scacheri, P. C., & Hefner, M. A. (2016). 12th international CHARGE syndrome conference proceedings. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A, 9999A, 1–14.

Hartshorne, T. S., & Hissong, K. N. (2014). CHARGE Syndrome: An Introduction for Speech-Language Pathologists. SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, 15(2), 94-102. doi:10.1044/sbi15.2.94.