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Neurobehavioral Program
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2010 Neurobehavioral Program

Advancements in the treatment of pediatric cancers, including brain tumors, have paved the way for an increased focus on research investigating the effects of cancer and its treatment on the cognitive functioning, emotional well-being, and quality of life (QOL) of children.  The identification of specific acute and long-term effects may help lead to the development of less toxic treatments as well as interventions designed to ameliorate functional impairments.  Children with other chronic medical conditions, such as neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), who are being treated at the Pediatric Oncology Branch (POB) to reduce their tumor burden, also are at increased risk for cognitive deficits and social-emotional difficulties, which often impact their QOL and daily living skills.  In order to identify the longitudinal effects of disease and treatment on neuropsychological functioning and QOL and to help patients remediate cognitive deficits and cope with stressors, the Neurobehavioral Program of the Behavioral Sciences Core focuses on three main areas:  Research, Assessment, and Intervention. In addition, another important area of focus for our group is our training program that prepares students in psychology for a career in clinical research.  Please click on the links below for further information about our group’s work in these four areas

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