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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Maryland Pao


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First Name: Maryland

Last Name: Pao

Position Title: Clinical Director, National Institute of Mental Health

Job Responsibilities: Combination of Research and Patient Care; Administration

Education/Training: Child Psychiatry and Pediatrics

About Me/My interests: My interests are in the field of pediatric psychosomatic medicine-the interface of pediatrics and child psychiatry. I am interested in how children with chronic illness learn to cope and adapt; I want to understand what biological and environmental factors allow some children to be resilient in the face of adversity (e.g. medical experiences) while others develop depression and anxiety. Co-developer of Voicing My CHOiCES.

Training Opportunities: Yes

My Contact Information:
Address: NIH Building 10, CRC East 6-5340, MSC 1276, Bethesda, MD 20892-1276
Phone: 301-435-5770

Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Pediatric psychosomatic medicine, antidepressants, suicide screening, AYA advance care planning

Publications that may be of interest to others:  

Pao M, Wiener L, Zadeh. Letter to the editor on Talking to Dying Patients, NEJM, 2013, 368(5):480.

Horowitz LM, Bridge JA, Teach SJ, Ballard E, Klima J, Rosenstein DL, Wharff EA, Ginnis K, Cannon E, Joshi P, Pao M. Ask suicide-screening questions (ASQ). A brief instrument for the pediatric emergency department. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 2012, Oct 1:1-7.

Wiener L, Zadeh S, Battles H, Baird K, Ballard E, Osherow J, Pao M. Allowing adolescents and young adults to plan their end-of life care. Pediatrics, 2012, 130(5):1-9.

Horowitz LM, Snyder D, Ludi E, Rosenstein DL, Kohn-Godbout J, Lee L, Cartledge T, Farrar A, Pao M. Ask Suicide-Screening Questions to Everyone in Medical Settings: The asQ’em Quality Improvement Project. Psychosomatics, 2013 Feb 8. doi:pii: S0033-3182(13)00003-0. 10.1016/j.psym.2013.01.002. [Epub ahead of print]Pao M, Ballard ED, Rosenstein DL. Commentary: Growing up in the hospital. JAMA, 2007, 297:2752-2755.

Wiener L, Pao M, Kupst MJ, Patenaude A, and Kazak A (eds) Quick Reference for Pediatric Oncology Clinicians: The Psychiatric and Psychological Dimensions of Pediatric Cancer Symptom Management Charlottesville, VA: International Psychosocial Oncology Society (IPOS) Press, 2009.

Turkel SB, Jacobson J, Pao M. Children’s reaction to illness and hospitalization in Kaplan and Sadock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, 9th edition, Sadock BJ, Sadock VA, and Ruiz P (eds). Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, New York NY, 2009, p 3805-3814.

Rosenstein DR, Pao M, Elswick DE. Psychopharmacologic management in oncology in Bethesda Handbook of Clinical Oncology, 3rd edition, Abraham J, Gulley JL, and Allegra CJ (eds.) Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia PA, 2009, p 470-478.



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