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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Matt Bitsko

First Name: Matt

Last Name: Bitsko

Position Title: Assistant Professor

Job Responsibilities: Combination of Research and Patient Care

Education/Training: Psychology

About Me/My interests: Psychological and cognitive late effects of childhood cancer; Survivorship; Interventions and care for the patient and family who has relapsed; Transition to survivorship; Identity status and formation for adolescents with chronic illness; Treatment adherence.

Training Opportunities: Yes

My Contact Information:

Address: 1101 East Marshall Street, P.O. Box 98012, Richmond, VA 23298-0121


Phone: 804.828.9048

Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Adjustment to childhood cancer; Survivorship; Relapsed Care; Identity Formation.

Publications that may be of interest to others:  

Bitsko, M. J., Bean, M. K., Bart, S., Foster, R. H., Thacker, L., & Francis, G. L. (2013). Psychological Treatment Improves Hemoglobin A1c Outcomes in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Journal of clinical psychology in medical settings, 1-10. PubMed PMID: 10.1007/s10880-012-9350-z.

Bitsko, M. J., Everhart, R. S., & Rubin, B. K. (2013). The Adolescent with Asthma. Paediatric Respiratory Reviews.

Stern, M., Lamanna, J., Russell, C., Ewing, L., Thompson, A., Trapp, S., Bitsko, M., & Mazzeo, S. (2013). Adaptation of an obesity intervention program for pediatric cancer survivors (NOURISH-T). Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 1(3), 264-275. doi:10.1037/cpp0000023

Foster, R. H., Russell, C. C., Dillon, R., Bitsko, M., Godder, K., & Stern, M. (2013). Relations among optimism, perceived health vulnerability, and academic, self-regulatory, and social self-efficacy in adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancer. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/07347332.2013.874000

Foster, R. H., Stern, M., Russell, C. C., Shivy, V., Bitsko, M. J., Dillon, R., Klosky, J., & Godder, K. (2011). Exploring Relationships Between Optimism, Perceived Health Vulnerability, and Parental Attachment Among Adolescent and Young Adult Survivors of Pediatric Cancer. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, 1(4), 181-187.

Bitsko, M. J. (2005). Psychosocial Adjustment of Adolescent Cancer Survivors: Time Perspective and Positive Emotions as Mediators to Quality of Life and Benefit Finding. (Doctoral dissertation, Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, Virginia).

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