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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Ernest Katz

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Ernest Katz
First Name: Ernest

Last Name: Katz

Position Title: Director, Behavioral Sciences Section and Co-director, HOPE Program, Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Keck School of Medicine, University of         
                                                     Southern California

Job Responsibilities: Combination of Research and Patient Care

Education/Training: Psychology

About Me/My interests: Over the last 30 years, I have been an active clinician, program director, and behavioral science investigator in pediatric oncology. My research has spanned measurement and management of acute behavioral distress and pain, hypnosis and symptom management, school intervention and social skills training, quality of life and the built environment, maternal distress and family coping, cancer in young children and early childhood development, traumatic stress, survivorship, and improving health outcomes and weight management.  In addition to my academic and hospital work, I maintain a limited private practice in clinical and health psychology in West Los Angeles, focusing on anxiety, trauma, and stress disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. I collaborate regularly with colleagues across the country and in Israel, and serve on the boards of various community and regional health care organizations throughout Southern California.

Training Opportunities: Yes

My Contact Information:

Address:  4650 Sunset Blvd, MS 99, Los Angeles, CA   90027

Email: ekatz@chla.usc.edu

Phone: 323-361-5922

Publications that may be of interest to others:


Katz ER, Sharp S, Kellerman J, Siegel SE, Marston AR, Hirshman JE. B-endorphin and acute behavioral distress in children with leukemia  .J of Nervous and Mental Disease 170:72-77, 1982

Katz ER, Kellerman J, Ellenberg L.Hypnosis in the reduction of acute pain and distress in children with cancer. J of Pediatric Psychology 12:379-391, 1987.

Varni JW, Katz ER, Dolgin MJ, Colegrove R.The impact of social skills training on the adjustment of newly diagnosed children with cancer.  J of Pediatric Psychology 18:751-767, 1993.

Sahler OJ, Varni JW, Katz ER, Mulhern RJ, Copeland DR, Dolgin, MJ, Phipps S, Noll RD, Fairclough D. Maternal problem solving skills training in childhood cancer: results of a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 73, 2: 272-283, 2005.

Sherman-Bien SA, Malcarne VL, Roesch S, Varni JW, Katz ER. Quantifying the relationship among hospital design, satisfaction, and psychosocial functioning in a pediatric hematology-oncology inpatient unit.  Health Environments Research and Design Journal, 4, 34-59, 2011.

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