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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Mary Ann McCabe


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Mary Ann McCabe
First Name: Mary Ann

Last Name: McCabe

Position Title: Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics                                     George Washington University School of Medicine                                           Affiliate Faculty in Psychology  George Mason University

Job Responsibilities: Patient Care, Consultation and Teaching

Education/Training: Psychology

About Me/My interests: Dr. McCabe was trained as an undergraduate in developmental research at Clark University, and then continued developmental research and clinical training for her doctorate at the Catholic University of America.  She completed her clinical internship, followed by fellowships in pediatric psychology and child psychology and the law, at Children’s Hospital, Judge Baker Children’s Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Harvard Medical School.  Upon completing her training, she initiated the Psychosocial Program in Hematology/Oncology at Children’s National Medical Center and pursued research, teaching, and clinical service in that program for sixteen years.  She also became Director of Training in Psychology and Director of Health Psychology at Children’s National Medical Center. 

In 2003 Dr. McCabe expanded into the arena of public policy by assuming the position of Director of Policy and Communications at the Society for Research in Child Development.  While in that position she oversaw activities in science policy, social policy, communications, and knowledge transfer for practice and policy.  Currently Dr. McCabe is in independent clinical practice, teaches at Children’s National Medical Center and George Mason University, and does consulting work bridging research, practice, and policy.  Over the course of her career, she has developed special expertise regarding the involvement of minors in decision-making about medical and mental health treatment, and minors’ assent to research participation.  Dr. McCabe also has special expertise in pain management, cognitive and behavioral effects of cancer treatments, and child and family coping, and continues to work in these areas in her clinical practice.

Training Opportunities: No

My Contact Information:

Address:  131 E. Broad Street, Suite 201, Falls Church, VA 22046


Phone: (703) 237-3249

Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Minors and medical decision-making; Pain management; Lifespan development and coping with chronic illness; Behavioral and neuropsychological effects of medications; Late effects of cancer treatment

Publications that may be of interest to others:  

McCabe, M.A. (2011).  The changing nature of hope: Development, psychotherapy, and life-threatening illness.  Professional Psychology: Research and Practice

Lyon, M.E., McCabe, M.A., Patel, K, D’Angelo, L.J. (2004).  What do adolescents want?  An exploratory study regarding end-of-life decision making.   Journal of Adolescent Health, 35, 529.

McCabe, M.A., Rushton, C., Glover, J., Murray, M., & Leikin, S.L.   (1996).  In the Spirit of the PSDA:  Guidelines for Involving Adolescents in Health Care Decision Making.  Journal of Adolescent Health, 19, 319-324.

McCabe, M.A. (1996).  Involving Children in Medical Decision Making:  Developmental and Clinical Considerations.  Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 21, 505-516.

Weisz, J., McCabe, M.A., & Dennig, M. (1994).  Primary and secondary control among children undergoing medical procedures:  Adjustment as a function of coping style.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 62, 324-332.

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