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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
David Elkin

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David Elkin
First Name: David

Last Name: Elkin

Position Title: Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, University of Mississippi Medical Center; Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Job Responsibilities: Combination of Research and Patient Care

Education/Training: Psychology

About Me/My interests: I have had the opportunity to receive excellent research training while in graduate school at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. Working at St. Jude ignited my interest in children with cancer, and provided me with excellent clinical research mentorship. I was fortunate to initiate, complete, and publish several independent research projects at St. Jude, looking primarily at long-term effects of treatment in children with cancer. I continued this line of research while I was an intern and fellow at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. One of the main draws of coming to work at UMMC was the opportunity to work in the Children’s Cancer Clinic here, which I have done since 1999. My research interests remain the same: how do we understand the long-term effects of cancer treatment in children, and how do we intervene to alleviate the adverse nature of these effects. I have been the recipient of federal, foundation, and local grants to fund my research.

My future career plans involve a continuation and expansion of this theme. In particular, I am increasingly intrigued by the data that demonstrate generally good coping amongst these children and adolescents. This is surprising, given the seemingly traumatic nature of cancer treatment. I am pursuing several research projects now that are aimed at better understanding why children with cancer seem to do so well in terms of psychological symptoms, as a whole. Future research plans call for funded, multisite studies utilizing comparison groups (depressed non-cancer children and healthy controls).

Training Opportunities: Yes

My Contact Information:
Address: UMMC, Dept. of Psychiatry, 2500 N. State Street, Jackson, MS, 39216
Phone: 601-984-5855

Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Pediatric Cancer, Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease, Ethics

Publications that may be of interest to others:  

Latzman, R.D., Majumdar, S., Bigelow, C., Elkin, T.D., Smith, M., Megason, G.C., Srivastava, P., Iyer, R. (2010). Transitioning to adult care among adolescents with sickle cell disease: A transitioning clinic based on patient and caregiver concerns and needs. Int Journal of Child and Adolescent Health, 3(4), 1-9.

Carpentier, M.Y., Mullins, L.L., Elkin, T.D., & Wolf-Christensen, C.E. (in press). Prevalence of multiple health-related behaviors in adolescents with cancer. Journal of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology.

Carpentier MY, Elkin T.D., & Starnes SE. (in press). Behavioral inhibition and its relation to anxiety and depression symptoms in adolescents with sickle cell disease: A preliminary study. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing.

Mullins, L.L., Wolfe-Christensen, C., Chaney, J.M., Elkin, T.D., Wiener, L., Hullmann, S. E., Fedele, D.A., & Junghans, A.(in press). Single Parent Status and Income Predict Parenting Capacities in Mothers of Youth with Chronic Health Conditions. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

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