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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Robert Noll


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First Name: Robert

Last Name: Noll

Position Title: Professor

Job Responsibilities: Combination of Research and Patient Care; Teaching

Education/Training: Psychology

About Me/My interests: Primary overall academic interest is understanding the impact of random medical trauma (i.e., cancer, JRA, migraines) on the functioning of children and families. Pediatric cancers are randomly occurring traumatic life events that provide an opportunity to learn more about the functioning of children when they are faced with these types of challenges. As we learn more about the functioning of children with cancer and their families, psychosocial services can target specific vulnerabilities. I have been involved with numerous multi-site randomized trials focusing on ameliorating problems for children with cancer and their families. Current interests include: 1) utilization of neurocognitive functioning as a secondary endpoint for clinical trials within the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and developing the Behavioral Science Committee of COG; and 2) utilization of emerging technologies for assessment or interventions related to children with cancer.

Training Opportunities: No

My Contact Information:

Address: Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-6530

Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Evidence based practice, Clinical trials, Psychosocial standards of care, Stress and functioning, Neurocognitive functioning

Publications that may be of interest to others:  

Noll RB, Bukowski WM. Commentary: Social competence in children with chronic illness: The devil is in the details. J Pediatr Psychol, 37: 959-966, 2012.

Devine KA, Heckler CE, Katz ER, Fairclough D, Phipps S, Sherman-Bien S, Dolgin MJ, Noll, RB, Askins MA, Butler RW, & Sahler OJZ. Evaluation of psychometric properties of the Pediatric Parenting Stress Inventory. Health Psychol, in press.

Cousino MK, Zyzanski SJ., Yamokosk AD, Hazen RA, Baker JN, Noll RB, Rheingold SR, Geyer JR, Alexander SC, Drotar D, & Kodish ED. Communicating and understanding the purpose of pediatric phase 1 cancer trials. J Clin Oncol, in press.

Fernandez CV, Ruccione K, Wells RJ, Long JB, Pelletier W, Hooke MC, Pentz RD, Noll RB, Baker J, O'Leary M, & Reaman G. Recommendations for the return of research results to study participants and guardians: A report from the Children's Oncology Group. J Clin Oncol, 30:4573-4579, 2012.

Sahler OJZ, Dolgin MJ, Phipps S, Fairclough DL, Askins MA, Katz ER, Noll RB, & Butler RW. A multisite randomized clinical trial of Problem-Solving Skills Training compared to non-directive support in mothers of children newly diagnosed with cancer. J Clin Oncol, in press.

Noll RB, Patel SK, Embry L, Hardy KK, Pellietier W, Annett RD, Patenaude A, Lown A, Sands SA, Barakat L. Children's Oncology Group's 2013 Blueprint for Research: Behavioral Sciences. Pediatr Blood Cancer, in press.

Grant: St. Baldrick Foundation; Making the Connection: Social Competence of Children Surviving Brain Tumor, Evaluation of evidence of efficacy in improving the social interaction of children with brain tumors based on blinded peer rating of friendship, likeability, and isolation.
Role: Principal Investigator

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