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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Bruce Compas


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First Name: Bruce

Last Name: Compas

Position Title: Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Psychology and Human Development; Professor of Pediatrics

Job Responsibilities: Research

Education/Training: Psychology

About Me/My interests: My colleagues and I at Vanderbilt University and the Monroe Carell Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are involved in research and patient care for children with cancer and their parents. Our research is focused in two areas. First, we study the ways that parents and children cope with the stress of a cancer diagnosis and its treatment, including communication between parents and children. Second, we examine the effects of cancer and cancer treatments on cognitive development in children with leukemia and children with brain tumors. All of our work is designed to develop and test programs to enhance effect coping, communication, and cognitive development to improve quality of life in children with cancer and their parents.

Training Opportunities: Yes

My Contact Information:

Address: Department of Psychology and Human Development, Vanderbilt University, Peabody 552, 230 Appleton Place, Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: 615-32208306

Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Stress, coping, neurocognitive development, parent-child communication.

Publications that may be of interest to others:  

Compas, B.E., Jaser, S., Dunn, M.J., & Rodriguez, E.M. (2012). Coping with chronic illness in childhood and adolescence. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, in press.

Dunn, M.J., Rodriguez, E.M., Barnwell, A.S., Grossenbacher, J.C., Vannatta, K., Gerhardt, C.A., & Compas, B.E. (2012). Posttraumatic stress symptoms in parents of children with cancer within six months of diagnosis. Health Psychology, in press.

A., Vannatta, K., Saylor, M., Scheule, M., & Compas, B.E. (2011). Direct observation of mother-child communication in pediatric cancer: Assessment of verbal and non-verbal behavior and emotion. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 36, 565-575.

Robinson, K.E., Kuttesch, J., Champion, J., Andreotti, C., Hipp, D., Bettis, A., Barnwell, A., & Compas, B.E. (2010). A quantitative meta-analysis of neurocognitive sequelae of pediatric brain tumors. Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 55, 525-531.

Robinson, K.E., Livesay, K.L., Campbell, L.K., Scaduto, M., Cannistraci, C.J., Anderson, A.W., Whitlock, J.A., & Compas, B.E. (2010). Working memory in survivors of childhood acute lymphocytic leukemia: Functional neuorimaging analyses. Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 54, 585-590.

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