Heather Strong.

Fellow, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology


About Me


Heather Strong, PhD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Cincinnati and completed her pediatric psychology residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Heather's research interests are health disparities among ethnic minorities and social determinants of health in pediatric populations. She is also interested in examining biopsychosocial contributors to disease self-management and healthy lifestyle behaviors, as well as developing and implementing clinical- and community-based interventions.

In the Crosby Lab, Heather is involved in a multi-site clinical research trial focusing on patient-provider shared decision making process in pediatric sickle cell disease. She also serves as a site clinical supervisor for community health workers as a part of a multi-site intervention trial for transition age patients with sickle cell disease.

Research Interests

Pediatric sickle cell disease; self-management and adherence

Clinical Divisions

Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

My Education

PhD: The University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2019.

Residency: The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2019-2020.

My Publications

Engaging Caregivers and Providers of Children With Sickle Cell Anemia in Shared Decision Making for Hydroxyurea: Protocol for a Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial. Hood, AM; Strong, H; Nwankwo, C; Johnson, Y; Peugh, J; Mara, CA; Shook, LM; Brinkman, WB; Real, FJ; Klein, MD; et al. JMIR Research Protocols. 2021; 10.

Weight status and health behaviors of adolescents and young adults with sickle cell disease: The emerging risk for obesity. Strong, H; Harry, O; Westcott, E; Kidwell, KM; Couch, SC; Peairs, A; Britto, MT; Crosby, LE. Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. 2021; 38:265-271.

Improving self-management in adolescents with sickle cell disease. Crosby, LE; Hood, A; Kidwell, K; Nwankwo, C; Peugh, J; Strong, H; Quinn, C; Britto, MT. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2020; 67.

The Teen Symposium: Engaging Adolescents and Young Adults With Sickle Cell Disease in Clinical Care and Research. Crosby, LE; Strong, H; Johnson, A; Mitchell, MJ. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2020; 8:139-149.

Patient Perspectives on Gene Transfer Therapy for Sickle Cell Disease. Strong, H; Mitchell, MJ; Goldstein-Leever, A; Shook, L; Malik, P; Crosby, LE. Advances in Therapy. 2017; 34:2007-2021.