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

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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

Research 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

Assessing Barriers to Medication Adherence in Pediatric and Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Patients on Anticoagulation. Todd, KE; Mcgrady, ME; Blackmore, A; Hennessey, C; Luchtman-Jones, L. Blood. 2020; 136:9-10.

Active and Protected: Developing a "Safer Sex " Handout for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer. McGrady, ME; Bredenberg, DL; Danziger-Isakov, L; Rios, J; Frias, O; West, MY; Fisher, P; Salloum, R; Pressey, JG; Norris, RE. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology. 2020.

Using Electronic Monitoring Devices to Assess Medication Adherence: a Research Methods Framework. McGrady, ME; Ramsey, RR. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2020; 35:2707-2714.

Analyzing discontinuities in longitudinal count data: A multilevel generalized linear mixed model. Peugh, JL; Beal, SJ; McGrady, ME; Toland, MD; Mara, C. Psychological Methods. 2020.

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.

Using discrete choice experiments to develop and deliver patient-centered psychological interventions: a systematic review. McGrady, ME; Pai, AL H; Prosser, LA. Health Psychology Review. 2020; 1-19.

Pediatric oncology. Pai, AL H; McGrady, ME; Szulczewski, L. Adherence and Self-Management in Pediatric Populations. 2020.

Chapter 7 Pediatric oncology. Pai, AL H; McGrady, ME; Szulczewski, L. Adherence and Self-Management in Pediatric Populations. 2020.

Feasibility of Electronic Monitoring of Daily Oral Medications in Adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease. Crosby, LE; Kidwell, KM; Hildenbrand, AK; Quinn, CT; Mcgrady, ME. Blood. 2019; 134:4701-4701.

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.