Last Name: Benko
Position Title: Pediatric Psycho-oncologist
Job Responsibilities: Patient Care
About Me/My interests: My main interests are pediatric neuropsychology (assessment and rehabilitation) and psycho-oncology. As a founder of the first Croatian Pediatric Psycho-oncology Centre, I`m dedicated to improve the quality of life for cancer kids and health care for kids and their families in general. At this moment, my main goal is to establish the first Croatian service for neuropsychology rehabilitation combining software neuropsychology programs, CBT and compensation techniques. As a play therapy trainee, my goal is to establish the first Croatian play therapy service. Every service that I established and those I still work on will be a part of a hospital service and thus completely free of charge for kids and their families.
I enjoy working with cancer kids – individual and in a group. Additionally, I enjoy doing support group for parents of cancer kids as well as psycho-oncology educational work-shops.
As the author of the Program for development of Croatian pediatric psycho-oncology, I`m passionate to improve cooperation and to enhance the work of the other 3 pediatric psycho-oncologist in Croatia that work in regional hospitals and to help them to build their own pediatric psycho-oncology centre.
Training Opportunities: No
My Contact Information:
Address: Children`s Hospital Zagreb, Oncology and Hematology Department, Psycho-oncology Centre, Klaićeva 16, 10000Zagreb, Europe
Phone: +38514600252, +385914600117
Topics of Interest for Collaboration: pediatric neuropsychology – assessment and rehabilitation
Publications that may be of interest to others:
Benko, M., Horvat, M., Bago-Blecich, M. (2004). Postoperative Behavioral Outcomes in Children After Tonsillectomy: Effect of Sedative Premedication. Acta Anaesthesiologica Croatica, 1:7, 24-25.
Jakovljević G, Čulić S, Benko M, Jakupčević K, Stepan J. Parent's type of personality, negative affectivity and family stress events in children with cancer. SIOP Abstract Book 2008; 194. 40th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology, Berlin, Germany, 02. - 06. October 2008.
Benko M. (2009). Supportive Psychological Care in Pediatric Oncology and Hematology. Paediatria Croatica 53, 277-80.
Benko, M. National Strategy for Developing Rehabilitation Centers for Cancer Kids in Croatia. Abstract Book 2010: ii111.14th International Symposium on Pediatric Neuro-oncology, Vienna, Austria, 20-23. June 2010 in Neuro-oncology,12(6).
Jakovljević G, Čulić S, Benko M, Kalebić Jakupčević K, Stepan J, Šprajc, M. (2010). Parental type of personality, negative affectivity and family stressful events in children with cancer. Psychiatria Danubina, 22(3), 436-440.