A photo of Meghan McGrady.

Program Leader, Young Adult Oncology Psychosocial Program

Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology 

Patient and Family Wellness Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

513-803-8044

Biography & Affiliation

Biography

I am a pediatric psychologist and researcher whose work focuses on promoting health behavior change, including medication adherence, among adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer.

For many adolescents and young adults with cancer, treatment includes a variety of complex health behaviors, such as taking multiple medications at varied dosing schedules. Following treatment recommendations can be difficult, but it can result in better health outcomes. The goal of my research is to develop and test new interventions to help make it easier for adolescents and young adults with cancer to adhere to their treatment recommendations, or take their medications as prescribed.

I first became interested in this line of research as a psychology doctoral student, when I volunteered at a camp for teens with type 1 diabetes. I watched teens balance their day-to-day activities, such as hiking, sports and spending time with friends, with the tasks required for self-management — things like checking their blood sugar and administering insulin. As I gained an appreciation of the challenges of managing a medical condition as an adolescent or young adult, I began to consider how I could contribute to adherence science.

To prepare me for a career in adherence science, I obtained specialized training in this field, including a National Institutes of Health T32 postdoctoral fellowship. In 2014, I started my faculty position at Cincinnati Children’s and since then, I have developed a research career focused on finding solutions that will help make it easier for adolescents and young adults with cancer adhere to treatment recommendations.

I’m proud to have been invited to speak about my work at national and international forums including: The 2019 Texas AYA Conference, Fort Worth, Texas; The 2019 Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario Multi-Disciplinary Symposium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and Pediatric Grand Rounds at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, Indiana.

In my spare time, I enjoy being with my wonderful husband and amazing son. We particularly like spending time together exploring the outdoors. I’m also a triathlete and have completed multiple Ironman distance events.

Research Interests

Treatment adherence; adolescents and young adults; oncology

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Divisions

Clinical Psychology

Education

BA: Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL, 2006.

MA: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2009.

PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2012.

Internship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2012.

Fellowship: NIH T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship (T32HD068223), Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2014.

Publications

Patient-Reported Outcomes for Pediatric Adherence and Self-Management: A Systematic Review. Plevinsky, JM; Gutierrez-Colina, AM; Carmody, JK; Hommel, KA; Crosby, LE; McGrady, ME; Pai, AL H; Ramsey, RR; Modi, AC. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2020; 45:340-357.

A Systematic Review of Rates, Outcomes, and Predictors of Medication Non-Adherence Among Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer. McGrady, ME; Pai, AL H. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology. 2019; 8:485-494.

Do complementary and integrative medicine therapies reduce healthcare utilization among oncology patients? A systematic review of the literature and recommendations. Tillery, R; McGrady, ME. European Journal of Oncology Nursing (EJON). 2018; 36:1-8.

An Independent Evaluation of the Accuracy and Usability of Electronic Adherence Monitoring Devices. McGrady, ME; Holbein, CE; Smith, AW; Morrison, CF; Hommel, KA; Modi, AC; Pai, AL H; Ramsey, RR. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2018; 169:419-422.

Collaborating with Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer as Advisors. McGrady, ME; Norris, RE; Pai, AL H. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology. 2018; 7:499-503.

Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of an Adherence-Promotion Intervention for Children With Leukemia: A Markov Model-Based Simulation. McGrady, ME; Eckman, MH; O'Brien, MM; Pai, AL H. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2018; 43:758-768.

Introduction to the CPPP special issue: Building the economic evidence base for pediatric psychology services. McGrady, ME. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2018; 6:101-106.

Earlier Pediatric Psychology Consultation Predicts Lower Stem Cell Transplantation Hospital Costs. McGrady, ME; Joffe, NE; Pai, AL H. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2018; 43:434-442.

Application of a Discrete Choice Experiment to Assess Adherence-Related Motivation Among Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer. McGrady, ME; Prosser, LA; Thompson, AN; Pai, AL H. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2018; 43:172-184.

Spending on Hospital Care and Pediatric Psychology Service Use Among Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer. McGrady, ME; Peugh, JL; Brown, GA; Pai, AL H. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2017; 42:1065-1074.