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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Shawna Palmer

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Shawna Palmer
First Name: Shawna

Last Name: Palmer

Position Title: Research Psychologist & Co-Investigator

Job Responsibilities: Research

Education/Training: Psychology

About Me/My interests: My research has centered on increasing the understanding of how medical treatment for pediatric brain tumors impacts future cognitive development and behavior. Over the years I have been increasingly involved in interdisciplinary collaborations, especially within the field of neuro-imaging, to more fully comprehend the relationships between interruptions in white matter development and the cognitive difficulties facing our patients following treatment. Examination of the family, as well as the patient’s educational environment, is also critical to the patient’s overall trajectory of recovery and remediation.

Training Opportunities: Yes

My Contact Information:
Address: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Department of Psychology, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Mail Stop 740, Memphis, TN 38105
Phone: 011-425-503-8685

Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Cognitive late effects, neuropsychology, neuro-imaging, medulloblastoma, coping

Publications that may be of interest to others:  

Palmer SL, Lesh S, Wallace D, Bonner BJ, Swain M, Chapieski L, Janzen L, Mabbott D, Knight S, Boyle R, Armstrong CL, Gajjar A. How parents cope with their child's diagnosis and treatment of an embryonal tumor: Results of a prospective and longitudinal study. Journal of Neuro Oncology, in press. DOI: 10.1007/s11060-011-0574-9

Palmer SL, Hassall T, Evankovich K, Mabbott DJ, Bonner M, Deluca C, Cohn R, Fisher MJ, Morris EB, Broniscer A, Gajjar A. Neurocognitive outcome 12 months following cerebellar mutism syndrome in pediatric patients with medulloblastoma. Neuro Oncology, (2010) 12 (12): 1311-1317.

Palmer SL, Reddick WE, Glass JO, Ogg R, Patay Z, Wallace D, Gajjar A. Regional white matter anisotropy and reading ability in patients treated for embryonal tumors. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 4 (2), 132-140, 2010.

Palmer SL, Leigh L: Survivors of pediatric posterior fossa tumors: Cognitive outcome, intervention, and risk-based care. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 13:171-8, 2009

Palmer SL. Neurodevelopmental impacts on children treated for medulloblastoma: A review and conceptual model. Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews, 14(3):203-10, 2008.

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