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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Maru Barrera

First Name: Maru


Last Name: Barrera

Position Title: Psychologist, H/O program; Senior Associate Scientist

Job Responsibilities: Combination of Research and Patient Care; Teaching

Education/Training: Psychology

About Me/My interests: My interest in psychosocial oncology cover the spectrum from diagnosis to survivorship or bereavement; psychosocial outcomes of cancer treatment on the target child/adolescent or other family members –siblings and parents-; and developing evidence based interventions to prevent or to ameliorate the effects of cancer treatment in the family, including social skills training.

Training Opportunities: Yes

My Contact Information:

Telephone: 416-813-6819
Fax: 416-813-8839

Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Psychosocial outcomes, Psychosocial interventions, Quality of life,
Parental distress, Bereavement in the family

Publications that may be of interest to others:  

Barrera, M, Shaw, A., Speechley, K., Maunsell, E., & Pogany, L. (2005) Academic and social outcomes of children and adolescent survivors of childhood cancer. Cancer, 104 (8), 1751-1760. PA

Barrera, M., D'Agostino, N., Schneiderman, G., Tallett, S., and Spencer, L. (2007). Parental Bereavement after the Loss of a Child. Omega, 55 (2), 149-171. PA

Barrera, M. Andrews, G., Saunders, F., & Atenafu, E. (2008)) Factors related to changes in cognitive, academic and visual motor integration in children who undergo hematopoietic progenitor cell transplant. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 33 (5) 536-546. PA

Barrera, M & Atenafu, E. (2008) Cognitive, educational, psychosocial adjustment and Quality of life of children who survive hematopoietic stem cell transplant and their siblings. Bone Marrow Transplant, 42(1):15-21. PA

Barrera, M. & Schulte, F. (2009) A group social skills intervention program for survivors of childhood brain tumors. Published on line March, 2009, doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsp018. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 34,(10), 1108-1118. PA

Barrera, M, Atenafu, E, Doyle, J, Berlin-Romalis, D, Hancock, K. (2011).Differences in mothers’ and fathers’ psychological distress after pediatric stem cell transplant: A longitudinal study –Part I. Bone Marrow Transplant. October 30; doi: 10.1038/bmt.2011.206. PA

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