First Name: Pandora
Last Name: Patterson
Position Title: National Research & Evaluation Manager, CanTeen Australia
Job Responsibilities: Research
About Me/My interests: I have been working in the area of AYA psycho-oncology for the past 6 years in my capacity of research and evaluation manager with CanTeen Australia. Prior to this I worked with the health department in the area of child and adolescent mental health. In all, I have been working with young people and their families in both clinical and research settings for over 20years. I am a registered psychologist with a part-time Sydney based private practice. My research and clinical interests include the development of measures to be used to better address the needs of young people who have a sibling with cancer and young people who have a parent with cancer; the development of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy based interventions for young people living with cancer; age-appropriate psychosocial screening and assessment for young people with cancer and their families; evaluation of programs and resources for young people living with cancer.
Training Opportunities: Yes
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Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Adolescents; Young Adults; Offspring; Needs; Sibling
Publications that may be of interest to others:
Patterson, P., Millar, B., & Visser, A. (2011). The Development of an Instrument to Assess the Unmet Needs of Young People who have a Sibling with Cancer: Piloting the Sibling Cancer Needs Instrument (SCNI). Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 28, 16-26.
Patterson, P., & Rangganadhan, A., (2010). Losing a parent to cancer: A preliminary investigation into the needs of adolescents and young adults. Palliative and Supportive Care, 8, 255-65. DOI:10.1017/S1478951510000052
Patterson, P., Pearce, A., & Slawitschka, E. (2010). The initial development of an instrument to assess the psychosocial needs and unmet needs of young people who have a parent with cancer: piloting the offspring cancer needs instrument (OCNI). Supportive Care in Cancer. DOI: 10.1007/s00520-010-0933-7
Millar, B., Patterson, P., & Desille, N. (2010). Emerging adulthood and cancer: How unmet needs vary with time-since-treatment. Palliative and Supportive Care, 8, 151-158.