Last Name: Kazak
Position Title: co-Director, Nemours Center for Healthcare Delivery Science; Professor (Ret), Department of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Delaware; co-Director, Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress, Editor-in-Chief, Health Psychology
Job Responsibilities: Combination of Research and Patient Care
About Me/My interests: My experiences as a clinician, researcher and administrator have helped to advance integrated (medical, behavioral) care for children and families from a systems perspective. With my research team, I focus on families of children with serious pediatric illness. Using developmental and social ecological perspectives, this work is directed towards understanding how children, families, and other systems respond to the demands of illness and treatment, over time. Our current research is focused on evidence-based assessment and intervention to promote competence in families facing the adversities associated with pediatric illnesses, with a particular emphasis on childhood cancer and childhood cancer survivors. I am the recipient of a Senior Mentoring Award (K05) from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and devote a significant amount of her time to mentoring investigators in psychosocial oncology. By way of background, I received my Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of Virginia and completed internship training at Yale University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry. My undergraduate degree was awarded by Smith College.
Training Opportunities: Yes
My Contact Information:
Address: Center for Healthcare Delivery Science, A. I. du Pont Hospital for Children, 1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803
Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Healthcare delivery science, Pediatric oncology, interventions, families, screening
Publications that may be of interest to others:
Kazak, A., DeRosa, B., Schwartz, L., Hobbie, W., Carlson, C., Ittenbach, R. Mao, J. & Ginsberg, J. (2010). Psychological outcomes and health beliefs in adolescent and young adult (AYA) survivors of childhood cancer and controls. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 28, 2002-2007.
Kazak, A., Barakat, L., Ditaranto, S., Biros, D., Hwang, W.T., Beele, D., Kersun, L., Alderfer, M., Mougianis, I., Hocking, M. & Reilly, A. (2011). Screening for psychosocial risk at cancer diagnosis: The Psychosocial Assessment Tool (PAT). Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, 33, 289-294.
Kazak, A., Brier, M., Alderfer, M., Reilly, A., Fooks-Parker, S., Rogerwick, S., Ditaranto, S., & Barakat, L. (2012). Review: Screening for psychosocial risk in pediatric cancer. Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 59, 822-827. PMID: 22492662. PMCID: PMC3396795
Kazak, A., Hoagwood, K., Weisz, J., Hood, K., Vargas, L., & Banez, G. (2010). A meta-systems approach to evidence-based practice for children and adolescents. American Psychologist, 65, 85-97.
Kazak, A., Hocking, M., Ittenbach, R., Meadows, A., Hobbie, W., DeRosa, B., Leahey, A., Kersun, L., & Reilly, A. (2012). A revision of the Intensity of Treatment Rating Scale: Classifying the intensity of pediatric cancer treatment. Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 59, 96-99. PMID: 21858914; PMCID: PMC3223269