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Neurobehavioral Program: Staff

Staci Martin, Ph.D., Training Director

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Staci Martin, Ph.D., Training Director

Staci Martin, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and staff scientist in the Pediatric Oncology Branch (POB) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the Training Director of the Neurobehavioral Program. Dr. Martin earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Florida, and completed a competitive internship and postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She then joined the NCI Neurobehavioral Program, where she has worked since 2000.

Dr. Martin has extensive training in the psychological assessment of patients with medical illnesses ranging from infancy to adulthood. She has evaluated a wide range of patient populations including cancer, HIV, neurofibromatosis type 1, sickle cell disease, pervasive developmental disorders, and various other genetic syndromes. She is highly trained in the clinical management of children with medical conditions. With respect to research, Dr. Martin’s specific work has involved collaborative investigations of neuropsychological aspects of HIV disease; medication adherence in children with chronic conditions; and emotional, behavioral, and family functioning among children and adolescents with cancer, HIV, and genetic syndromes. General research interests include investigating neurocognitive profiles in children with chronic illness with CNS involvement, medication adherence, and coping with disease-related stressors. Dr. Martin has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, co-written several book chapters, and presented at national conferences on her research in health psychology. She also acts as an invited reviewer for several psychological and medical journals. As Training Director of the Neurobehavioral Program, Dr. Martin oversees the work of Master’s level psychometricians, postdoctoral fellows, graduate student externs, and undergraduate volunteers. In addition, she instituted a monthly journal club, co-leads case-conferences, and directs various other didactic activities.

In addition to her work at the NCI, from 2003 to 2007 Dr. Martin served as the lead instructor and supervisor for the graduate level assessment courses in the Psychology Department at the George Washington University (GWU). From 2005 to 2006, she was the primary supervisor for graduate students conducting assessments of children as part of a consortium partnership between the GWU Meltzer Psychological Services Center and the DC public schools.

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