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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Brad Zebrack


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Brad Zebrack
First Name: Brad

Last Name: Zebrack

Position Title: Associate Professor

Job Responsibilities: Research

Education/Training: Social Work

About Me/My interests: Dr. Brad Zebrack is Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Social Work, and a member of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Socio-Behavioral Program.  He is particularly interested in the effects of cancer on the psychosocial growth and development of adolescents and young adults, and his research has been funded over the past ten years by the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, Lymphoma Research Foundation, Lance Armstrong Foundation, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation of Michigan, and HopeLab, Inc.  Dr. Zebrack has clinical social work experience in both pediatric and adult oncology, and has been involved in the development of peer support/advocacy programs for adolescent and young adult cancer survivors.

Dr. Zebrack has served on national boards and committees dedicated to enhancing the delivery of, and access to, quality health care for patients and their families. He recently collaborated with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) to develop clinical care guidelines for adolescents and young adults with cancer. Dr. Zebrack is currently a medical advisory board member for First Descents, Imerman’s Angels, and the Children’s National Brain Tumor Foundation, all national organizations dedicated to providing support and information to young adult cancer survivors.

Dr. Zebrack is a 26-year survivor of Hodgkin’s disease, diagnosed in 1985 at the age of 25.  In 1989, Dr. Zebrack and his wife Joanne completed a one-year 11,000 mile bicycle trip around the United States to promote cancer survivorship.  Brad and Joanne live in Ann Arbor, Michigan with their 9-year old daughter Sierra Grace.

Training Opportunities: Not formally, but willing to provide training/mentorship

My Contact Information:
Address: University of Michigan School of Social Work, 1080 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48109-1106, USA
Phone: (734) 615-5940

Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Quality of life, adolescence, young adult, survivorship

Publications that may be of interest to others:  

Zebrack B, Kent EE, Keegan THM, Kato I, Smith AW, AYA HOPE Study Collaborative Group. (In Press). “Cancer sucks,” and other ponderings by adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. Journal of
Psychosocial Oncology.

Kwak M, Zebrack B, Meeske KA, Embry L, Aguilar C, Block R, Hayes-Lattin B, Li Y, Butler M, Cole S. (In Press). Trajectories of psychological distress in adolescent and young adult cancer patients:
A one-year longitudinal study. Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Smith AW, Bellizzi KM, Keegan THM, Zebrack B, Chen VW, Neale AV, Hamilton A, Shnorhavorian M, Lynch CF. (In Press). Health-related Quality of Life of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Patients in the
United States: the AYA HOPE study, Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Zebrack, B, Block, R, Hayes-Lattin, B, Embry, L, Aguilar, C, Meeske, KA, Li, Y, Butler, M, Cole, S. (2013). Psychosocial service use and unmet need among recently-diagnosed adolescent and young adult cancer patients. Cancer, 119; 201-214.

Kwak M, Zebrack B, Meeske KA, Embry L, Aguilar C, Block R, Hayes-Lattin B, Li Y, Butler M, Cole S. (2012). Prevalence and predictors of post-traumatic stress symptoms in adolescent and young
adult cancer survivors: A 1-year follow-up study. Psycho-Oncology. DOI: 10.1002/pon.3217

Bellizzi, KM, Smith, A., Schmidt, S., Keegan, THM., Zebrack, B, Lynch, CF, Deapen, D, Shnorhavorian, M. (2012). Positive and negative psychosocial impact of being diagnosed with cancer as an adolescent or
young adult. Cancer. DOI 10.1002/cncr.27512 (published online).

Zebrack, B., Stuber, ML, Meeske, KA, Phipps, S., Krull, KR., Liu, Q., Yasui, Y., Parry, C., Hamilton, R., Robison, LL., & Zeltzer, LK. (2012). Perceived Positive Impact of Cancer Among Long-term Survivors
of Childhood Cancer: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, Psycho-Oncology, 21:630-639.

Keegan, T, Lichtensztajn, D, Kato, I, Kent, E, Wu, X, West, M, Hamilton, A, Zebrack, B, Bellizzi, K, & Smith, A. (2012). Unmet adolescent and young adult cancer survivors information and service needs: A population-based cancer registry study. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 6, 239-250.


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