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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Olle Jane (“OJ”) Sahler

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Olle Jane (“OJ”) Sahler
First Name: Olle Jane (“OJ”)

Last Name: Sahler

Position Title: Director, Pediatric Psychooncology Services and Research; Director, Long-Term Survivor Program; Co-Director, Pediatric Palliative Care Program

Job Responsibilities: Combination of Research and Patient Care; Administration

Education/Training: MD University of Rochester; Pediatric Residency Duke Medical Center; Fellowship in Behav/Devel Pediatrics and Child/Adol Psychiatry University of Rochester

About Me/My interests: Patient and family adjustment to chronic and terminal illness (clinical practice and research); use of complementary therapies in symptom management (Integrative Oncology)

About my program: We are a small program (55-60 new diagnoses/ year) in a children’s hospital within a general hospital. We provide bone marrow/stem cell transplantation services to children on an adult unit. We have had a psycho-oncology “presence” for more than 30 years initially provided by a psychologist and, since 1998, headed by me, a behavioral pediatrician. We have one of the earliest and few remaining educational liaison programs in the US. We were one of the very early long-term survivor programs but are no longer listed on the national directory because we do not have funding to support a full time nurse practitioner---in fact, we have no nurse practitioner support associated with the program. We have been able to do multi-institutional collaborative research, which has allowed us to remain an intellectually and academically viable program.

Current Projects: (1) Problem-Solving Skills Training for a variety of cancer related groups (mothers, parents, adolescents) (2) Cognitive remediation for survivors who have had CNS disease or CNS-directed therapy (3) Investigation of the reasons survivors forego long-term surveillance through our program (4) The role of music therapy in symptom management

Training Opportunities: We do not offer training opportunities in pediatric psych-oncology except through the Wilmot Cancer Center Training Program which occasionally accepts fellows interested in pediatrics.

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Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Each of the areas of my current research and especially the use of creative arts therapy for symptom management.

Publications that may be of interest to others:  
Sahler OJZ, Fairclough DL, Phipps S, Mulhern RK, Dolgin MJ, Noll RB, Katz ER, Varni JW, Copeland DR, Butler BW: Using problem-solving skills training to reduce negative affectivity in mothers of children with newly diagnosed cancer: Report of a multi-site randomized trial. J Consult Clin Psychol 2005; 73(2):272-283.

Dolgin MJ, Phipps S, Fairclough DL, Sahler OJZ, Askins M, Noll RB, Butler RW, Varni JW, Katz ER. Trajectories of adjustment in mothers of children with newly diagnosed cancer: A natural history investigation. J Pediatr Psychol; 2007; 32(7):771-782.

Butler RW, Copeland DR, Fairclough DL, Mulhern RK, Katz ER, Kazak AE, Noll RB, Patel S, Sahler OJZ. A multicenter, randomized clinical trial of a cognitive remediation program for childhood survivors of a pediatric malignancy. J Consult Clin Psychol 2008; 76:367-378.

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