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Psychosocial Support and Translational Research Program: Staff

Lori Wiener, PhD. Section Head

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Lori Wiener, PhD

Dr. Lori Wiener is co-director of the Behavioral Science Core and the Head of the Pediatric Psychosocial Support and Research Program in the Pediatric Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute. She has dedicated her career to the field of oncology and pediatric HIV/AIDS. Originally from New York, Dr. Wiener received her PhD in Social Work from New York University and held a private practice while working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center from 1982-1985. Dr. Wiener joined the National Cancer Institute in January 1986 to help the Chief of the Pediatric Branch incorporate pediatric HIV studies into the existing pediatric oncology program and to introduce psychosocial research into the program. When the pediatric HIV program closed in October 2005, Dr. Wiener returned to her oncology roots. Dr. Wiener's clinical research has focused on parental needs and coping, children's distress, sibling issues, mental health outcomes, diagnosis disclosure, transition from adolescence to young adulthood, loss and bereavement and interventions designed to meet the needs of critically ill children and their families. From her ongoing clinical work, she also brings with her a wealth of information about the inner worlds of medically challenged children, some of which have been published in the books Be A Friend and in An Alphabet about Families Living with HIV/AIDS, a workbook for children living with life threatening diseases called This is My World, a workbook for siblings of ill children called Brothers and Sisters Together, and a therapeutic board game called ShopTalk. Dr. Wiener has published many articles and book chapters on these topics and is very proud to be a lead editor of a new reference book entitled Quick Reference for Pediatric Oncology Clinicians: The Psychiatric and Psychological Dimensions of Pediatric Cancer Symptom Management, now available through the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS).

Dr. Wiener is an invited reviewer for several academic journals and supervises the work of  postdoctoral fellows, undergraduate and graduate student interns and summer student fellows.  Dr. Wiener and Sima Zadeh are now co-directing a new Wellness Series for clinical center nurses. Wellness Training Schedule (PDF Document, 1 page) image of a PDF icon

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