Lamia P. Barakat, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Director of Psychosocial Services in the Division of Oncology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Barakat received her PhD in clinical-community psychology from the University of South Carolina following completion of her predoctoral psychology internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. After postdoctoral training in pediatric psychology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia under the mentorship of Dr. Anne Kazak, she took a faculty position at Drexel University where she remained until 2008 when she returned to CHOP.
Dr. Barakat has expertise in applying risk-resistance models to understand the influence of sociodemographic risks and family resources in the health and well-being of children and adolescents with chronic medical conditions and their families. As a senior investigator on projects funded through NHLBI, NCMHD, NINR, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, her research focuses on evidence-based assessment of psychosocial risk in families of children newly diagnosed with cancer, development and testing of culturally sensitive family interventions to reduce pain and improve disease management and school functioning among children with sickle cell disease and their caregivers, and evaluation of caregiver competence in promoting functional independence among young adults survivors of childhood brain tumors. Based on prior clinical and research experiences, she is turning her attention to health disparities through two projects: identifying strategies to increase recruitment and retention in medical and psychosocial clinical trials in pediatric sickle cell disease and health care disparities in pediatric oncology follow-up care.
Dr. Barakat serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, co-chair of the American Cancer Society Social and Behavioral Research Scientific Review Committee, and is a member of the Behavioral Science Committee of Children’s Oncology Group. Through her prior position as Director of Clinical Training for the PhD program in clinical psychology at Drexel University and currently in her position at CHOP, Dr. Barakat has successfully mentored 4 post-doctoral psychology fellows, 18 PhD students, 5 Master’s students, and numerous undergraduate psychology majors, receiving awards for her teaching and mentorship. In her role as Director of Psychosocial Services in Oncology, she coordinates services and programming offered a multidisciplinary team of social workers, child life specialists, creative arts therapists, hospital school teachers, and psychologists with the aim of implementing evidence-based practice to effectively help children and their families navigate the diagnosis and treatment process.