I am a pediatric psychologist who specializes in working with patients with cancer, tumors of the central nervous system, hematological disorders and immunological disorders, including patients undergoing a stem cell transplant. I provide psychosocial care to children, teens and young adults in the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute (CBDI) at Cincinnati Children’s, from the time of diagnosis, throughout active treatment and into survivorship.
I was introduced to the world of pediatric oncology at an early age, as my mom was a nurse in pediatric oncology. One summer, I had the opportunity to volunteer at a camp for children with cancer and their families, which was an unforgettable experience. Throughout these experiences, my training and career, I have witnessed tremendous courage and resilience during incredibly challenging times. I find it meaningful and rewarding to develop long-term relationships with patients and their families and partner with them throughout their journey.
A new diagnosis and ongoing medical demands can have a significant impact not only on physical health, but also social and emotional well-being, relationships with family and friends, and school or work. I help my patients adjust to and cope with their diagnosis and treatment – focusing on their strengths to support as much typical development and positive adjustment as possible in the face of their stressors. I work with patients and families to find and adjust to a “new normal” and develop coping skills to manage issues such as anxiety, stress, mood difficulties, behavioral concerns and pain. I use evidence-based interventions when possible, and tailor treatment to each patient’s and family’s unique needs.
My colleagues and I are here to serve as a resource for our patients and families, their caregivers and siblings. We can also connect them to providers in their own communities when needed. We work collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams to provide comprehensive, family-centered care.
In addition to clinical care, I engage in quality improvement (QI) projects, program development, and research. My research interests are broadly in pediatric psycho-oncology, and include survivorship and adolescent peer relationships.
In my spare time, I enjoy staying active, spending time outdoors, exploring Cincinnati and traveling.
Pediatric psycho-oncology; adjustment and coping with chronic illness
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics