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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Kenneth Tercyak


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Kenneth Tercyak
First Name: Kenneth

Last Name: Tercyak

Position Title: Associate Professor & Director, Behavioral Prevention Research

Job Responsibilities: Combination of Research and Patient Care

Education/Training: Psychology

About Me/My interests: I am a behavioral scientist and cancer prevention and control specialist at Georgetown’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, DC. My research focuses on biobehavioral aspects of cancer risk and risk reduction, including public health genetics/genomics and tobacco prevention and control. I am interested in all phases of the cancer continuum as it affects children and families, including survivorship. My work in familial cancer examines family communication, decision making and decision support, and outcomes of genetic counseling and testing. My work in tobacco control focuses on primary prevention, child and adolescent behavior change, and high risk/special populations. My work has been supported by the NIH throughout my career. In 2010, I edited a new book (Springer) on the interface of public health genomics with child/adolescent and family well-being (“Handbook of Genomics and the Family: Psychosocial Context for Children and Adolescents”). I served as the Associate Editor for Prevention Science at “Journal of Pediatric Psychology”, and am an incoming Associate Editor at “Health Psychology”. I have served on several study sections of the Risk, Prevention, and Health Behavior Integrated Review Group at the NIH, as well as the American Cancer Society, the Komen Foundation, and several international grant agencies. At Georgetown University, I teach in the areas of public health, behavioral science, and cancer prevention and control. I have served as Chair of our medical center's Research Committee and several strategic planning initiative committees. I have also been involved with a research and education partnership with the University of the District of Columbia for cancer control and health disparities.

Training Opportunities: Yes

My Contact Information:

Address: Cancer Prevention & Control Program, Division of Population Sciences, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University Medical Center, 3300 Whitehaven Street, NW, Suite 4100, Washington, DC 20007


Phone: 202-687-0802

Topics of Interest for Collaboration: risk, prevention, genetics/genomics, survivorship

Publications that may be of interest to others:  

Sharff ME, Demarco TA, Mays D, Peshkin BN, Valdimarsdottir HB, Garber JE, Schneider KA, Patenaude AF, Tercyak KP. Parenting through genetic uncertainty: Themes in the disclosure of breast cancer risk information to children. Genet Test Mol Biomarkers. 2011 Nov 15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 22085394.

Tercyak KP, Hensley Alford S, Emmons KM, Lipkus IM, Wilfond BS, McBride CM. Parents' attitudes toward pediatric genetic testing for common disease risk. Pediatrics. 2011 May;127(5):e1288-95. Epub 2011 Apr 18. PubMed PMID: 21502235.

Mays D, Black JD, Mosher RB, Heinly A, Shad AT, Tercyak KP. Efficacy of the Survivor Health and Resilience Education (SHARE) program to improve bone health behaviors among adolescent survivors of childhood cancer. Ann Behav Med. 2011 Aug;42(1):91-8. PubMed PMID: 21328040.

Tercyak KP. Introduction to the special issue: psychological aspects of genomics and child health. J Pediatr Psychol. 2009 Jul;34(6):589-95. Epub 2008 Dec 6. PubMed PMID: 19060299.

Streisand R, Braniecki S, Tercyak KP, Kazak AE. Childhood illness-related parenting stress: the pediatric inventory for parents. J Pediatr Psychol. 2001 Apr-May;26(3):155-62. PubMed PMID: 11259517.

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