Nahata Lab

Welcome to the Nahata Lab in the Center of Biobehavioral Health at Nationwide Children’s Hospital!

Our lab is focused on improving reproductive and psychosocial outcomes in pediatric populations at risk for infertility. Our goal is to help families make optimal decisions regarding fertility preservation in order to meet future parenthood goals.

News

Congrats to Dr. Nahata on her K08 funding through the NIH!

Current Studies

Optimizing Fertility Preservation and Decision Quality in Male AYA with Cancer: A Family-centered Intervention

This randomized clinical trial will test the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of a novel family-centered, psychoeducational intervention with known and newly identified factors to improve fertility preservation uptake, decision quality, and family communication among male adolescents and young adults newly diagnosed with cancer. 

Selected Publications From Our Lab

Morgan, T. L., Young, B. P., Lipak, K. G., Whiteside, S., Audino, A., Yeager, N. D., Klosky, J., O’Brien, S. H., Gerhardt, C. A., Nahata, L. (in press, 2020). “We can always adopt instead”: Family perspectives to biological parenthood among AYA males with cancer. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology.

Nahata, L., Morgan, T. L., Lipak, K. G., Clark, O. E., Yeager, N. D., O’Brien, S. H., Quinn, G. P., & Gerhardt, C. A. (2019). Perceptions of participating in family-centered fertility research among adolescent and young adult males newly diagnosed with cancer: A qualitative study. Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 66, e27966. doi: 10.1002/pbc.27966.

Nahata, L., Morgan, T. L., Lipak, K. G., Clark, O. E., Yeager, N. D., O’Brien, S. H., Whiteside, S., Audino, A., Gerhardt, C. A., & Quinn, G. P. (2019). Conducting Reproductive Research During a New Childhood Cancer Diagnosis: Ethical Considerations and Impact on Participants. Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, 36, :1787-1791. doi: 10.1007/s10815-019-01546-2.

Morgan, T. L., Clark, O. E., Whiteside, S., Audino, A., Yeager, N. D., Klosky, J., O’Brien, S. H., Gerhardt, C. A., & Nahata, L. (2019). Recruiting Families and Children Newly Diagnosed with Cancer for Behavioral Research: Important Considerations and Successful Strategies. Psycho-Oncology, 28, 928-930. doi/pdf/10.1002/pon.5012

Lab Staff

Leena Nahata

Leena Nahata, MD
Principal Investigator

Leena Nahata, MD, is a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and founder and medical director of the Fertility and Reproductive Health Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. As an NIH-funded Principal Investigator in the Center for Biobehavioral Health at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute, she is leading and collaborating on several clinical research studies focused on improving reproductive and psychosocial outcomes in pediatric populations at risk for infertility.

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Anna Olsavsky, PhD
Post-doctoral Researcher

Anna Olsavsky, PhD, earned her doctorate in Human Development and Family Science from Ohio State University in 2020. She is currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Patient-Centered Pediatric Research Program. Anna’s research interests center on the intersection of attachment theory and a family systemic perspective focusing on couple, co-parenting, and parent-child relationships, as well as individual, dyadic, and family-level characteristics. During her time at Nationwide Children's, she plans to study how family systems impact child and family adjustment in the context of medical treatment.

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Charleen Theroux, BA
Research Assistant

Charleen Theroux, BA, is a Research Assistant working under Dr. Nahata in the Center for Biobehavioral Health. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in Spring of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and education and a certificate in cognitive neuroscience. As an undergraduate student, Charleen worked as a research assistant in a clinical neuropsychology lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Charleen’s research interests are broadly related to the intersection of reproductive and mental health. She is specifically interested in examining how infertility risk affects well-being in adolescent cancer patients and survivors. Charleen’s long term goal is to earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology