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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Leanne Embry

First Name: Leanne

Last Name: Embry

Position Title:Associate Professor, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Job Responsibilities: Combination of Research and Patient Care 

Education/Training: Psychology

About Me/My interests: My academic appointment is in the division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology where I provide a variety of clinical services including individual, family, and group therapy as well as comprehensive assessments of neurocognitive functioning. Most of my clinical work has been with children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer, sickle cell disease, and other hematological disorders, and their families. I am also involved in a number of clinical research projects related to adjustment to the diagnosis of cancer, and cognitive late effects of treatment. I am an active member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), particularly the Behavioral Science Committee and the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Committee. My primary areas of focus are twofold: (1) neurocognitive late effects of cancer and its treatment, as well as cognitive impairment related to sickle cell disease; and (2) treatment of adolescents and young adults with cancer, for whom the impact is often unique and quite challenging.

Training Opportunities: No

My Contact Information:
Address: 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, MC 7810, San Antonio, TX 78229   
Phone:  (210) 567-7477

Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Coping with pediatric cancer, Adolescent and young adult (AYA) oncology, Neurocognitive late effects, Childhood cancer survivorship, Sickle cell disease

Publications that may be of interest to others:  

Kwak M, Zebrack BJ, Meeske KA, Embry L, Aguilar C, Block R, Hayes-Lattin B, Li Y, Butler M, Cole S. Trajectories of psychological distress in adolescent and young adult cancer patients: A one-year longitudinal study. J Clin Oncol. 2013 Jun 10; (17):2160-6. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2012.45.9222. Epub 2013 May 6.

Zebrack BJ, Corbett V, Embry L, Aguilar C, Meeske KA, Hayes-Lattin B, Block R, Zeman DT, Cole S. Psychological distress and unsatisfied need for psychosocial support in AYA cancer patients during the first year following diagnosis. Psycho-Oncology, (In press). 2014 Mar 24. doi: 10.1002/pon.3533. [Epub ahead of print]

Annett RD, Hile S, Bedrick E, Kunin-Batson AS, Krull KR, Embry L, MacLean WE, Noll RB. Neuropsychological functioning of children treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia: Impact of whole brain radiation therapy. Psycho-Oncology, (In press).

Noll RB, Patel SK, Embry L, Hardy KK, Pellietier W, Annett RD, Patenaude A, Lown A, Sands SA, Barakat L. Children's Oncology Group's 2013 blueprint for research: Behavioral sciences. Pediatr Blood Cancer, Epub: 2012 Dec 19, doi: 10.1002/pbc.24421.

Kwak M, Zebrack B, Meeske K, Embry L, Aguilar C, Block R, Hayes-Lattin B, Li Y, Butler M, Cole S. Prevalence and predictors of post-traumatic stress symptoms in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors: A 1-year follow-up study. Psycho-Oncology. Epub 2012 Nov 8. Doi: 10.1002/pon.3217.

Embry L, Annett RA, Kunin-Batson A, Patel SK, Sands S, Reaman G, Noll RB. Implementation of multi-site neurocognitive assessments within a pediatric cooperative group: Can it be done? Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2012 Sep; 59(3):536-9. doi: 10.1002/pbc.24139. Epub 2012 May 3.

Zebrack B, Block R, Hayes-Lattin B, Embry L, Aguilar C, Meeske K, Li Y, Butler M, Cole S. Psychosocial service use and unmet need among recently-diagnosed adolescent and young adult cancer patients. Cancer. Epub 2012 Jun 28. doi: 10.1002/cncr.27713.

Ullrich N, and Embry L. Neurocognitive dysfunction in survivors of childhood brain tumors. Seminars in Pediatric Neurology. 2012 Mar;19(1):35-42. doi:10.1016/j.spen.2012.02.014.

Hile S, Montague E, Carlson-Green B, Colte P, Embry L, Annett RD. Pediatric cancer survivors: neurocognitive late effects. In Hayat MA (ed.). Tumors of the Central Nervous System: Teratoid/ Rhabdoid, Brain Tumors, and Glioma. Dordrecht: Springer, 2012. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-2957-5_23.

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