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Anne E. Kazak, PhD, ABPP

Anne E. Kazak, PhD, ABPP

Chief, Section of Behavioral Oncology

Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

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  • Department: Pediatrics
  • Division: Oncology,BehavioralHealthCenter
  • Primary Address:
    Center for Healthcare Delivery Science
    Administration and Research Building
    Room 291
    A.I. duPont Hospital for Children
    1600 Rockland Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
  • 302.298.7456


    • Emeritus Professor CE of Psychology in Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2013 – present)
    • Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2000 – 2003)
    • Professor of Psychology in Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (1999 – 2012)
    • Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1991 – 2000)
    • Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (1991 – 1999)
    • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1987 – 1991)
    • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1987 – 1991)


    • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Virginia (1983)
    • M.A., Psychology, University of Virginia (1980)
    • A.B., Psychology, Smith College (1977)

    Extended Bio

    As a clinical psychologist, my research focuses on ways of helping oncology patients and their families cope and adjust to their medical experiences across the entire course of treatment and beyond. I and my team look at ways to develop and deliver evidence-based psychosocial assessments and interventions in order to lessen the distress that families experience and foster optimal care.

    Traumatic stress is one helpful model for understanding psychological responses to illness. Our team at Children's Hospital was one of the originators of the idea that the diagnosis of cancer is a potentially traumatic event for patients and family both. We were among the first to do large studies that show parents of pediatric cancer survivors experience post traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS). Although parents' PTSS symptoms were are less common than during the time their children were being treated, we found that in a majority of families we studied at least one of the parents had moderate to severe PTSS.

    In another study, we found that symptoms of PTSS can be reduced with treatment aimed at beliefs about cancer and its treatment, social support and family communication. Among other treatment modalities used at Children's Hospital, we utilize an intervention model called Surviving Cancer Competently Intervention Program (SCCIP.) This treatment model combines cognitive behavior and family treatment to help families work within their beliefs about cancer to feel better.

    Our research has led us to better understand the reactions of the child and family as related to their perceptions of the traumatic cancer occurrence. At Children's Hospital, we look at the child in the context of family and social relationships, and we work to address the concerns they have with their treatment. We use evidence-based approaches to test psychosocial needs and address them throughout the cancer experience: from diagnosis and treatment to cancer survivorship or bereavement.

    I've always been interested in children and families -- and try to treat the whole patient in the context of the family and related systems. I’m continually impressed with the strengths and competence that families show in the face of potentially overwhelming experiences. My goal is to integrate psychosocial patient and family care into the medical care they receive.

    For children and their families, Children's Hospital Division of Oncology has, without question, among the best psychosocial programs in the world. It is built upon the vision of oncology leaders here who saw psychosocial care as an integral part of patient care for pediatric oncology patients.


    • Derosa Branlyn Werba, Kazak Anne E, Doshi Kinjal, Schwartz Lisa A, Ginsberg Jill, Mao Jun J, Straton Joseph, Hobbie Wendy, Rourke Mary T, Carlson Claire, Ittenbach Richard F. Development and validation of the health competence beliefs inventory in young adults with and without a history of childhood cancer.. Annals of behavioral medicine : a publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Vol 41(1) . 2011 Feb:48-58.
    • Marino Bradley S, Drotar Dennis, Cassedy Amy, Davis Richard, Tomlinson Ryan S, Mellion Katelyn, Mussatto Kathleen, Mahony Lynn, Newburger Jane W, Tong Elizabeth, Cohen Mitchell I, Helfaer Mark A, Kazak Anne E, Wray Jo, Wernovsky Gil, Shea Judy A, Ittenbach Richard. External validity of the pediatric cardiac quality of life inventory.. Quality of life research : an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation. 2010 Dec.
    • Feudtner Chris, Carroll Karen W, Hexem Kari R, Silberman Jordan, Kang Tammy I, Kazak Anne E. Parental hopeful patterns of thinking, emotions, and pediatric palliative care decision making: a prospective cohort study.. Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine. Vol 164(9) . 2010 Sep:831-9.
    • Marino Bradley S, Tomlinson Ryan S, Wernovsky Gil, Drotar Dennis, Newburger Jane W, Mahony Lynn, Mussatto Kathleen, Tong Elizabeth, Cohen Mitchell, Andersen Charlotte, Shera David, Khoury Philip R, Wray Jo, Gaynor J William, Helfaer Mark A, Kazak Anne E, Shea Judy A,. Validation of the pediatric cardiac quality of life inventory.. Pediatrics. Vol 126(3) . 2010 Sep:498-508.
    • Schwartz Lisa A, Mao Jun J, Derosa Branlyn W, Ginsberg Jill P, Hobbie Wendy L, Carlson Claire A, Mougianis Ifigenia D, Ogle Sue K, Kazak Anne E. Self-reported health problems of young adults in clinical settings: survivors of childhood cancer and healthy controls.. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM. Vol 23(3) . 2010 May-Jun:306-14.
    • Stuber Margaret L, Meeske Kathleen A, Krull Kevin R, Leisenring Wendy, Stratton Kayla, Kazak Anne E, Huber Marc, Zebrack Bradley, Uijtdehaage Sebastian H, Mertens Ann C, Robison Leslie L, Zeltzer Lonnie K. Prevalence and predictors of posttraumatic stress disorder in adult survivors of childhood cancer.. Pediatrics. Vol 125(5) . 2010 May:e1124-34.
    • Kazak Anne E, Derosa Branlyn Werba, Schwartz Lisa A, Hobbie Wendy, Carlson Claire, Ittenbach Richard F, Mao Jun J, Ginsberg Jill P. Psychological outcomes and health beliefs in adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancer and controls.. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Vol 28(12) . 2010 Apr:2002-7.
    • Kazak Anne E, Hoagwood Kimberly, Weisz John R, Hood Korey, Kratochwill Thomas R, Vargas Luis A, Banez Gerard A. A meta-systems approach to evidence-based practice for children and adolescents.. The American psychologist. Vol 65(2) . 2010 Feb-Mar:85-97.
    • Kazak Anne E. A closing editorial: reflections on the Journal of Family Psychology, 2004-2009.. Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43). Vol 23(6) . 2009 Dec:767-8.
    • Kersun Leslie S, Rourke Mary T, Mickley Megan, Kazak Anne E. Screening for depression and anxiety in adolescent cancer patients.. Journal of pediatric hematology/oncology : official journal of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Vol 31(11) . 2009 Nov:835-9.