Skip to Main Content
Center for Cancer ResearchCCR Home | About CCR | CCR Intranet


Headline Title

Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Cynthia Karlson


A photo of Cynthia Karlson
Cynthia Karlson
First Name: Cynthia

Last Name: Karlson

Position Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Job Responsibilities: Combination of Research and Patient Care


About Me/My interests: Dr. Karlson received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Florida, in Gainesville, FL and completed her Ph.D. in clinical health psychology from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. She completed her pre-doctoral internship/residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson, MS. Her research program focuses on chronic illness and chronic pain conditions in children and adolescents. Collaborating with Dr. David Elkin at UMMC and Dr. Tonya Palermo at the University of Washington, she is currently investigating how family factors (e.g., parental emotional health, family conflict) and daily activities (e.g., activity level, diet) interact with the experience of pain in children with sickle cell disease and cancer. Dr. Karlson is also investigating the utility of brief neuropsychological screening measures for pediatric brain tumor patients. 

Training Opportunities: Yes

My Contact Information:

Address:  University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216


Phone: 601-984-5855


Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Pediatric Chronic Pain Conditions, Biopsychosocial Interventions for Chronic Pain Conditions, Psychosocial Aspects of Pediatric Chronic Illness, Neurocognitive Aspects of Pediatric Chronic Illness

Publications that may be of interest to others:  


Karlson, C. W., Smith, M. L., Leist-Haynes, S., Faith, M. A., Pierce, J., Elkin, T. D.,& Megason, G. (In press). Risk for psychosocial problems in pediatric cancer: Impact of socioeconomics. Journal of Child Health Care.

Karlson, C. W., Leist-Haynes, S., Smith, M., Faith, M. A., Elkin, T. D., & Megason, G. (2012). Longitudinal risk and resiliency in a pediatric sickle cell population. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 37, 1031-1040.

Majumdar, S., Ahmad, N., Karlson, C., Morris, A., & Iyer, R. (2011) Does weight reduction in hemophilia lead to a decrease in joint bleeds? Haemophilia. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-516.2011.02521

Karlson, C. & Rapoff, M. (2008). Attrition in randomized controlled trials for pediatric chronic conditions. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 34, 783-793.

Dashed Line

return to the top

This Page Last Reviewed on February 25, 2014

About CCR | Clinical Trials | Research | Employment | Initiatives | News | Events | Site Privacy Policy | Accessibility

A Service of the National Cancer Institute

Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health (NIH) USA Gov