Megan R. Schaefer, PhD

Megan Schaefer

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Megan Schaefer, PhD, is a pediatric psychologist in the Department of Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology at Nationwide Children's Hospital, specializing in Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplantation, Pain, and Palliative Care. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University.

Clinically, Dr. Schaefer provides services to children and families impacted by serious illness, specifically hematological and oncological diagnoses. She follows patients and families from diagnosis to survivorship or to end-of-life/bereavement. Dr. Schaefer recognizes the psychosocial impact of pediatric serious illness on the entire family system and seeks to provide family-centered care by supporting patients, caregivers, siblings, and extended family as they navigate these difficult journeys. She has a passion for helping patients and families identify their goals/wishes/hopes throughout treatment, engage in decision-making, support non-pharmacological management of symptoms, prioritize quality of life, process their anticipatory grief, and find meaning in their illness journey.

Dr. Schaefer also has a strong interest in supporting bereaved children following the death of a loved one. She utilizes evidence-based interventions when treating children and families including motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, meaning-centered therapy, and acceptance-commitment therapy. Dr. Schaefer considers her work with patients and families affected by serious illness to be a true honor and privilege, and it is her primary goal to partner and walk alongside each family to optimize coping, adjustment, and quality of life.

Academic and Clinical Areas
  • Pediatric Psychology
    Physician Team
  • Primary Department
    Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
  • Primary Section
Awards, Honors & Organizations
  • Young Investigator Award, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 2018
  • Co-Chair, Division 54 Pediatric Palliative Care and End-of Life Special Interest Group, 2021 - Present
  • Member, American Psychosocial Oncology Society, 2021 - Present
  • Member, Sibling Partnership for Advocacy, Research, and Care in Childhood Cancer, 2019 - 2021
  • Member, Division 54, Society of Pediatric Psychology, 2014 - Present
  • Member, Division 54 Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant Special Interest Group, 2014 - Present

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital: 10/29/2021

Fellowship St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Date Completed: 09/30/2021
Internship Nationwide Children's Hospital Date Completed: 08/21/2020
Graduate School Auburn University Date Completed: 08/08/2020
Undergraduate School Miami University Date Completed: 05/31/2014
Clinical Interests
  • Grief/Bereavement
  • Pain
  • Pediatric Oncology/Hematology/Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Pediatric Palliative Care
  • Siblings
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Psychiatry and Behavioral Health