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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Nadine Kasparian

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Nadine Kasparian
First Name: Nadine

Last Name: Kasparian

Position Title: Head of Psychology and Supportive Care, Heart Centre for Children, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, Australia

Job Responsibilities: Combination of Research and Patient Care

Education/Training: Psychology

About Me/My interests: Dr Nadine Kasparian is Head of Psychological Research and Supportive Care at the Heart Centre for Children, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. She is also a Clinical Research Fellow in Medicine at the University of NSW, and Conjoint Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Sydney. Over the past 10 years, Nadine’s research has focused on better understanding and addressing the emotional needs of children and adults affected by medical illness. She has worked closely with people affected by melanoma, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer, with a particular focus on better understanding the experiences of families undergoing genetic testing for cancer risk. Nadine’s current work at the Heart Centre for Children is dedicated to the psychological care of infants, children and families affected by heart disease.

Training Opportunities: Yes

My Contact Information:
Phone: +61 2 9382 0110

Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Infant mental health; childhood heart disease; melanoma; genetic testing; supportive care interventions

Publications that may be of interest to others:  

Kasparian NA, Sholler GF, Pye V, Cole A, Winlaw DS. Fetal and postnatal diagnosis of major congenital heart disease: Implications for medical and psychological care in the current era. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. Accepted 22 November 2010. *Shared first authorship.

Kasparian NA. Psychological stress and melanoma: Are we meeting our patients’ psychological needs? Clinics in Dermatology. Accepted 22 February 2011. Invited paper.

Kasparian NA, McLoone JK, Butow PN. Psychological responses and coping strategies among patients with malignant melanoma: A systematic review of the literature. Archives of Dermatology 2009; 145: 1415-1427. Accompanied by an invited editorial: Psychoneuro-oncology: Its Time Has Arrived. Nana Smith; Tracy Fuhrmann; Francisco Tausk. Arch Dermatol. 2009;145(12):1439-1442.

Kasparian NA, Meiser B, Butow PN, Simpson JM, Mann GJ. Genetic testing for melanoma risk: A prospective cohort study of uptake and outcomes among Australian families. Genetics in Medicine 2009; 11 (4): 265-278.

Kasparian NA, Sansom-Daly U, McDonald RP, Meiser B, Butow PN, Mann GJ. The nature and structure of psychological distress in people at high risk for melanoma: A factor analytic study. Psycho-Oncology 2011 May 24. doi: 10.1002/pon.1976. [Epub ahead of print]

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