My research evaluates the impact of medical illness on a child's development and on family dynamics. I also study childhood medical trauma and the psychiatric aspects of Fanconi anemia (a rare inherited disorder that affects the bone marrow). I also work with the Symptom Studies and Pharmacotherapy Laboratory in the Department of Psychiatry, which evaluates approaches to managing both physical symptoms (such as nausea, vomiting, and pain) and the emotional and cognitive effects of cancer and its treatment. My colleagues and I conduct studies to assess and manage such symptoms, with the goal of enhancing quality of life and relieving suffering.
I am a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.