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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Andrea Farkas Patenaude

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First Name: Andrea Farkas

Last Name: Patenaude

Position Title: Cancer Genetics and Prevention Director of Psychology Research and Clinical Services, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
(Formerly, Director of Psycho-oncology Research, Division of Pediatric Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute)

Job Responsibilities: Combination of Research and Patient Care

Education/Training: Psychology

About Me/My interests: I am a clinical and research psychologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston MA, USA. I served for many years as Director of Psychology Services and Director of Psycho-oncology Research in the Division of Pediatric Oncology at the Farber. I am currently the Cancer Genetics and Prevention Director of Psychological Research and Clinical Services. I am also Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. My undergraduate degree in Psychology is from the University of Chicago and my doctorate from Michigan State University.; I interned in the Department of Psychiatry of The Children’s Hospital, Boston and am a member of that Department. My work over the past several decades has been in the areas of pediatric psycho-oncology and survivorship, bone marrow transplantation and psychosocial aspects of cancer genetics. In 2005, APA Press published my book, “Genetic Testing for Cancer: Psychological Approaches to Helping Patients and Families” and in 2009 I was a co-editor of the “Quick Reference Guide for Pediatric Oncology Clinicians: The Psychiatric and Psychological Dimensions of Pediatric Cancer Symptom Management.” I chair the Pediatric Special Interest Group for the International Psycho-Oncology Society and am a member of the SIOP Scientific Programme Advisory Committee(SPAC). My interests are in encouraging integration of psychosocial services into routine care of children with cancer and their families, research on clinical issues in pediatric psycho-oncology with the potential to improve quality of life for children with cancer and their family members, and the introduction of psycho-oncology services into cancer care for children in the developing world.

Training Opportunities: Yes

My Contact Information:
Address: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston MA 02215


Phone: 1-617-632-3314

Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Pediatric psycho-oncology, survivorship, quality of life, psychological aspects of cancer genetics, professional education

Publications that may be of interest to others:  

  • Patenaude AF. (2003) Pediatric psychology training and genetics: What will 21st century pediatric psychologists need to know? J Ped Psych. 28, 135-145.

  • Kupst MJ, Patenaude AF, Walco GA & Sterling C. (2003). Clinical trials in pediatric cancer: Parental perspectives on informed consent. J Ped Hematol/Oncol 25, 787-790.
  • Patenaude AF & Kupst MJ (2005). Psychosocial functioning in pediatric cancer. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 30, 9-29.

  • Kupst MJ and Patenaude AF. Coping with pediatric cancer. In L. Weiner, M Pao, AE Kazak, MJ Kupst, AF Patenaude and JC Holland (Eds.), Quick Reference for Pediatric Oncology Clinicians: The Psychiatric and Psychological Dimensions of Pediatric Cancer Symptom Management. American Psycho-Oncology Society, 2009.
  • Patenaude AF, Grootenhuis M and Noll R. (Editorial) Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Comes of Age: SIOP 2010. Pediatric Blood and Cancer56, 1154.

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