Cheryl L Brosig Soto, PhD

Children’s Wisconsin since 1997
  • Associate Professor
  • Herma Heart Institute psychologist




Dr. Brosig Soto is a licensed clinical psychologist, with specialty training in pediatric psychology. She has extensive experience in working with children affected by chronic illness. Her particular interest is in working with children with congenital heart disease, heart transplants, or other cardiac conditions. Dr. Brosig Soto has a family-centered approach, and addresses the psychosocial needs of patients, parents, and siblings. Dr. Brosig Soto recognizes that a chronic health condition impacts the entire family. She collaborates with families, schools, pediatricians and other members of the child’s health care team to held advocate for what her patient’s need.

Dr. Brosig Soto is interested in research that studies the neurodevelopmental and psychosocial outcomes of children with congenital heart disease. Her research seeks to understand risk factors for developmental problems, with the goal of helping patients to achieve their optimal potential and best quality of life.

Areas of Interest

  • Pediatrics
  • Cardiology
  • Developmental follow up
  • Psychological disorders related to heart disease
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Education and Awards


  • 1992, Loyola University of Chicago (IL), PhD
  • 1996, Loyola University of Chicago (IL), PhD
  • 1997, Marshfield Clinic, PhD


  • 2002 Clinical Physician Program Development Award (for development and expansion of the Inpatient Pediatric Psychology Consultation Service, Department of Pediatrics, MCW
  • 2012 Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (in recognition for outstanding career achievements and demonstrated leadership), American Psychological Association

Research and publications


  • Consultant: Berlin Heart EXCOR Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device. Berlin Heart Inc, 2007-2011.
  • Co-Investigator: Longitudinal Study of Neurologic, Cognitive, and Radiologic Outcomes in PHACE Syndrome. Greater Milwaukee Foundation, 2009-2012. 
  • Co-Investigator: Longitudinal Study of Neurologic, Cognitive, and Radiologic Outcomes in PHACE Syndrome. Russell J. and Betty Jane Shaw Fund, 2009-2012. 
  • Co-Investigator: The Impact of Prenatal Versus Postnatal Diagnosis on Coping in Parents of Children with Severe Congenital Heart Disease. Children's Wisconsin Foundation, 1999-2001. 
  • Principal Investigator: An Exploratory Study of the Cognitive, Academic, and Behavioral Functioning of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Transplant Recipients. Children's Wisconsin Foundation, 2002-2005. 
  • Consultant: Trial of Right Ventricular versus MBTS in Infants with Single Ventricle Defect Undergoing Staged Reconstruction, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, 2005-2009. 
  • Co-Principal Investigator: Neurodevelopmental Outcomes and Postoperative Hemodynamics in Children with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Children's Heart Foundation, 2006-2009.


  • BROSIG CL. Psychological functioning of pediatric lung transplant candidates/recipients: a review of the literature. Pediatr Transplant 2003; 7:390-394.
  • Hoffman GM, Mussatto KA, BROSIG CL, Ghanayem NS, Musa N, Fedderly R, Jaquiss RD, Tweddell JS. Systemic venous oxygen saturation following the Norwood procedure and childhood neurodevelopmental outcome. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2005; 130:1094-1100.
  • BROSIG CL, Hintermeyer M, Zlotocha J, Behrens D. An exploratory study of the cognitive, academic and behavioral functioning of pediatric cardiothoracic transplant recipients. Prog Transplant 2006; 16:38-45.
  • BROSIG CL, Zahrt DM. Evolution of an inpatient pediatric psychology consultation service: issues related to reimbursement and the use of health and behavior codes. J Clin Psychol Med Settings 2006; 13:425-429.
  • BROSIG CL, Mussatto KA, Kuhn EM, Tweddell JS. Neurodevelopmental outcome in preschool survivors of complex congenital heart disease: Implications for clinical practice. J Pediatric Health Care 2007; 21:3-12.
  • BROSIG CL, Mussatto KA, Kuhn EM, Tweddell JS. Psychosocial outcomes for preschool children and families after surgery for complex congenital heart disease. Pediatr Cardiol 2007; 28:255-262.
  • BROSIG CL, Pierucci R, Kupst MJ, Leuthner S. Infant end of life care: the parents’ perspective. J Perinatology 2007; 27:510-516.
  • BROSIG CL, Whitstone BN, Frommelt MA, Frisbee SJ, Leuthner S. Psychological distress in parents of children with severe congenital heart disease: The impact of prenatal versus postnatal diagnosis. J Perinatology 2007; 27:687-692.
  • Kwon EN*, Mussatto K, Simpson PM, BROSIG CL, Nugent M, Samyn M. Children and adolescents with repaired Tetralogy of Fallot report quality of life similar to healthy peers. Congenital Heart Disease 2011; 6:18-27. 
  • BROSIG SOTO CL, Olude O*, Hoffmann RG, Bear L, Chin A, Dasgupta M, Mussatto K. Implementation of a Routine Developmental Follow-Up Program for Children with Congenital Heart Disease: Early Results. Congenital Heart Disease 2011; 6:451-460.
  • BROSIG CL. Commentary: The Use of Health and Behavior Codes in a Pediatric Cardiology Setting. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 2012; 37:514-518. 
  •  Hoffman G, BROSIG CL, Mussatto K, Tweddell J, Ghanayem N. Perioperative cerebral oxygen saturation in neonates with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and childhood neurodevelopmental outcome. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 2013; 146:1153-1164.
  • BROSIG CL, Mussatto K, Hoffman G, Hoffmann R, Dasgupta M, Tweddell J, Ghanayem N. Neurodevelopmental outcomes in children with hypoplastic left heart syndrome at five years of age. Pediatric Cardiology 2013; 34:1597-1604.