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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Heather Conklin

First Name: Heather


Last Name: Conklin

Position Title: Associate Faculty Member, Department of Psychology and Chief, Section of Neuropsychology

Job Responsibilities: Combination of Research and Patient Care

Education/Training: Psychology

About Me/My interests: I am a pediatric neuropsychologist who dedicates the majority of my time to clinical investigation, with additional time spent in the provision of clinical care and training of future neuropsychologists. The overarching goal of my research program is to mitigate cognitive deficits following treatment for childhood cancer. Towards this end, primary research aims include improving specification of cognitive deficits following treatment, identifying neurodevelopmental changes associated with specific treatment modalities, delineating risk/resiliency factors with respect to cognitive outcomes, and developing empirically valid interventions that ameliorate cognitive late effects.

Training Opportunities: Yes

My Contact Information:

Address: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Department of Psychology, 262 Danny Thomas Place, MS#740, Memphis, TN 38105-3678
Phone: 901.595.3585

Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Neuropsychology, brain tumor, leukemia, cognitive late effects, cognitive remediation

Publications that may be of interest to others:  

Conklin HM, Luciana M, Hooper C, Yarger R. Working memory performance in typically developing children and adolescents: Behavioral evidence of protracted frontal lobe development. Developmental Neuropsychology 2007; 31:103-128.

Merchant TE, Conklin HM, Wu S, Lustig RH, Xiong X. Late effects of conformal radiation therapy for pediatric patients with low-grade glioma: Prospective evaluation of cognitive, endocrine and hearing deficits. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2009; 27:3691-3697. PMCID: 2799064.

Conklin HM, Helton S, Ashford J, Mulhern RK, Reddick WE, Brown R, Bonner M, Jasper BW, Wu S, Xiong X, Khan RB. Predicting methylphenidate response in long-term survivors of childhood cancer. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 2010; 35:144-155. PMCID: 2902831.

Reddick WE, Conklin HM. Impact of acute lymphoblastic leukemia therapy on attention and working memory in children. Expert Reviews in Hematology 2010; 3:655-659.

Conklin HM, Reddick WE, Ashford J, Ogg S, Howard SC, Morris EB, Brown R, Bonner M, Christensen R, Wu S, Xiong X, Khan RB. Long-term efficacy of methylphenidate in enhancing attention regulation, social skills, and academic abilities

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