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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Sean Phipps

First Name: Sean

Last Name: Phipps

Position Title: Chair, Department of Psychology, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Job Responsibilities: Research, Patient Care and Administration

Education/Training: Psychology

About Me/My interests: Dr. Phipps is a Full Member, and Chair of the Department of Psychology (formerly Behavioral Medicine) at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. His research interests include coping and adaptive styles in children facing serious illness, posttraumatic stress and posttraumatic growth in children with cancer and their parents; examination of the psychological effects of stem cell transplantation in children, and personality factors in health and illness. Dr. Phipps has an active research laboratory with over 16 years of consecutive NIH funding for his work. With both extramural funding and institutional support, Dr. Phipps maintains a research group with one to two post-doctoral fellows, 2-3 psychology graduate students, and 3 full-time clinical research assistants. This group holds weekly meetings to review ongoing projects and to discuss research design for potential new studies. The most current focus of the laboratory is use of a positive psychology model to examine pathways to resilience in children with cancer. He also continues to work closely with children undergoing stem cell transplantation (SCT) and with the SCT program at St. Jude. Another recent interest is in eHealth and the use of technology to aid assessment and intervention in medical settings.

Training Opportunities: Yes

My Contact Information:
Address: Member and Chair, Department of Psychology, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105-3678
Phone: 901-595-6725 (Office)
Fax: 901-595-4701

Topics of Interest for Collaboration: coping and adaptive styles, posttraumatic stress, posttraumatic growth, stem cell transplantation, personality factors in health and illness.

Publications that may be of interest to others:  

Phipps S, Rai SN, Leung WH, Lensing S, Dunavant M. Cognitive and academic consequences of stem-cell tranplantation in children. J Clin Oncol, 2008; 26:2027-2033.

Jurbergs N, Long A, Ticona L, Phipps S. Symptoms of post-traumatic stress in parents of children with cancer: are they elevated relative to parents of healthy children? J Pediatr Psychol, 2009; 34(1):4-13. Epub 2007 Dec 11. PMCID: PMC2638717

Phipps S, Jurbergs N, Long A. Symptoms of posttraumatic stress in childhood cancer survivors: Does personality trump health status? Psycho-Oncology, 2009; 18(9):992-1002. PMCID: PMC2735607

Currier JM, Hermes S, Phipps S. Children’s response to serious illness: perception of benefit and burden finding in a pediatric cancer population. J Pediatr Psychol, 2009; 34(10):1129-1134. Epub 2009 Apr 2. PMCID: PMC2782252 [Available on 2010/11/1]

Phipps S, Barrera M, Vannatta K, Xiong X, Huang Q, Doyle JJ, Alderfer MA. Complementary therapies for children undergoing stem cell transplant: report of a multisite trial. Cancer 2010; 116:3924-3923 [PMID:20626969]

Phipps S, Buckholdt KE, Fernandez L, Wiener L, Kupst MJ, Madan-Swain A, Mullins L, Robert R, Sahler OJ, Vincent N, Noll RB. Pediatric oncologists’ practices of prescribing selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for children and adolescents with cancer: A multisite study. Ped Blood & Cancer, [Epub ahead of print] PMID 21284076

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