Lamia Barakat, PhD, Co-Investigator; Self-Management Education for Childhood Cancer Survivors, Economic Impact of Clinical Trials for Childhood Cancers

Lamia Barakat, PhD, is Co-Investigator on the UPenn PRC Self-Management Education for Childhood Cancer Survivors Project and Economic Impact of Clinical Trials on Childhood Cancers Project. Dr. Barakat, Chief of the Section on Behavioral Oncology, is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Pediatrics of the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania and Director of Psychosocial Services for the Cancer Center in the Division of Oncology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Consistent with the goals of the Center for Childhood Cancer Research (CCCR) Section on Behavioral Oncology, Dr. Barakat’s pediatric psychology lab applies clinical translational research to improve outcomes in pediatric cancer by applying contextual models (e.g., family and social ecology) to psychosocial research and clinical practice and by providing leadership in behavioral translational research and training across health disciplines.

As a senior investigator on projects funded through the American Cancer Society, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, and St. Baldrick's Foundation, Dr. Barakat focuses on evidence- based assessment of psychosocial risk in families of children newly diagnosed with cancer and children moving off treatment for cancer, family interventions to improve disease management, quality of life, and school functioning among children with sickle cell disease and their caregivers, identifying strategies to increase recruitment and retention in clinical trials in pediatric cancer and in pediatric sickle cell disease, and disparities in pediatric oncology follow-up care.

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