I am a pediatric psychologist who specializes in working with patients diagnosed with hematological disorders, immunologic disorders and cancers, including those who will undergo stem cell transplant. I work with children and adolescents in the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute (CBDI) at Cincinnati Children’s, helping them cope with the demands of having a chronic illness. I also help them follow their medical team’s recommendations and teach strategies to cope with pain.
I’ve always enjoyed working with children and young adults, and I had an early interest in the medical field. After engaging with youth with chronic conditions through early volunteer opportunities, I knew I wanted to continue to support these individuals through their medical journey. As a pediatric psychologist within CBDI, I feel honored to be part of the team caring for patients and families during this challenging time.
In my practice, I understand that what is “normal” for our patients is the difficulty of having and managing a chronic condition. Our psychology providers work to use each patient and family’s strengths to support as much typical development and healthy adjustment as possible in the face of these stressors. Our CBDI psychologists 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 appropriate.
In addition to helping patients, I have the opportunity to collaborate with both my psychology colleagues and medical colleagues on research. I have participated in projects working to improve the transition from pediatric to adult care among young adults with sickle cell disease. I also collaborate in quality improvement projects within medical teams, studies with the goal of improving patient self-management and disease outcomes, as well as projects committed to developing measures that better capture the experience of a specific medical population.
In my free time, I love learning how to do new things. This may be something in the garden, a new activity with friends or cooking something fun with my family.
PhD: Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 2012.
Residency: O’Grady Residency in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2012.
Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2013.
Behavioral Medicine, Cancer and Blood Diseases, Bone Marrow Transplantation BMT, Histiocytosis Center, Sickle Cell and Hemoglobin Disorders
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Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Medication Adherence Facilitators and Strategies: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2022.
Caregivers' Experience of Medication Adherence Barriers during Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2022; 47:685-695.
Perceptions of a Self-Management Intervention for Adolescents With Sickle Cell Disease. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2022; 10:79-90.
Family Adjustment to Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant During COVID-19. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2021; 46:1172-1181.
Mobile health use predicts self-efficacy and self-management in adolescents with sickle cell disease. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 2021; 11:1823-1831.
Implementation of the Psychosocial Standards for Caregiver Mental Health Within a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 2021; 28:323-330.
The impact of pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplant timing and psychosocial factors on family and caregiver adjustment. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2020; 67.
Sickle Cell Disease. Clinical Handbook of Psychological Consultation in Pediatric Medical Settings. 2020.
Caregiver Perspectives on Psychosocial Care in Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HCT). Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2020; 8:67-78.
Clinical Handbook of Psychological Consultation in Pediatric Medical Settings. . : Springer International Publishing; Springer International Publishing; 2020.
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