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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Melissa Cousino

First Name: Melissa

Last Name: Cousino

Position Title: Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student

Job Responsibilities: Combination of Research and Patient Care

Education/Training: Psychology

About Me/My interests: I am a 4th year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD (Pediatric Psychology Specialization) program at Case Western Reserve University. I will be completing my predoctoral internship at Children's Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School. My research has focused largely on the effects of childhood cancer on the family system, particularly during survivorship. My dissertation is investigating family burden related to childhood cancer late effects. Other areas of interest include post-traumatic stress and post-traumatic growth among survivors, as well as obesity prevention among childhood cancer survivors. I am actively involved in multi-site research investigating various bioethics-related issues in pediatric oncology.

Training Opportunities: Yes

My Contact Information:
Address: Case Western Reserve University 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone: 216-368-3131

Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Survivorship, Late Effects, Family Burden, Ethics, Post-traumatic Growth

Publications that may be of interest to others:  
Cousino, M. K., Zyzanski, S., Yamokoski, A., Hazen, R., Baker, J., Noll, R., Rheingold, S., Geyer, R., Alexander, S., Drotar, D., & Kodish, E. (2012). Communication of the scientific goal of pediatric phase 1 cancer trials. Journal of Clinical Oncology. Advance online publication: doi:10.1200/JCO.2012.42.3004

Peterson, C., Cousino, M. K., Donohue, J., Schmidt, M., & Gurney, J. (2012). Discordant parent reports of family functioning and sequelae of childhood cancer. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 30, 503-518. doi:10.1080/07347332.2012.703766 Cousino, M. K., Hazen, R., Yamokoski, A., Miller, V., Zyzanksi, S.,

Drotar, D., & Kodish, E. (2011). Parent participation and physician-parent communication during informed consent in child leukemia. Pediatrics, 128, e1544-e1551. doi:10.1542/peds.2010-3542

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