Dr. Cynthia Gerhardt in the Center for Biobehavioral Health conducts research related to the impact of stressors, such as childhood cancer, on the psychosocial well-being of children and parents. A major challenge for these families is understanding complex medical information and making difficult decisions during treatment. Dr. Gerhardt’s recent work has shown significant gaps in communication between physicians and parents, as well as associations with parent and child distress. With the help of a follow-up grant awarded by the National Cancer Institute, the team will continue to examine cancer communication in these families during early survivorship.
Miller KS, Vannatta K, Vasey M, Yeager N, Compas BE, Gerhardt CA. Health literacy variables related to parents’ understanding of their child’s cancer prognosis. Pediatric Blood & Cancer. 2012 Nov, 59(5):914-918.
Corbisiero A, Kaal J, Thompson AL, Barrera M, Compas BE, Davies B, Fairclough DL, Foster TL, Gilmer MJ, Hogan N, Vannatta K, Gerhardt CA. Bereaved parents and siblings offer advice to healthcare providers and researchers after a child’s death from cancer. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. 2013 May, 35(4):253-259.
Rodriguez EM, Dunn MJ, Zuckerman T, Hughart L, Vannatta K, Gerhardt CA, Saylor M, Schuele CM, Compas BE. Mother-child communication and maternal distress in families of children with cancer: Integrating macro- and micro- levels of analysis. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2013 Aug, 38(7):732-743.