The mission of Behavioral Oncology at the Center for Childhood Cancer Research is to apply behavioral translational research to improve outcomes in pediatric cancer across the continuum of care, with an emphasis on developmental and psychosocial processes of risk and resilience.

We achieve our mission by developing, evaluating, and disseminating translational models of psychosocial research and evidence-based practice; applying contextual models (e.g. family and social ecological) and providing leadership in behavioral translational research and training across health disciplines.

Our innovative research focuses on the following critical areas of inquiry in pediatric cancer: Psychosocial screening and intervention; Children in the context of their families, schools, and communities; Adolescents and young adults (AYA); Survivorship; Health disparities and genetic or socially vulnerable populations; Child and family distress and adjustment; Health behaviors, disease management, and adherence; Neurocognitive and functional outcomes.

All faculty within Behavioral Oncology are members of the Healthy and Behavior Research Affinity Group


Lamia Barakat, PhD

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Lisa Schwartz, PhD

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Adjunct Faculty

Carol Armstrong, PhD




Matthew Hocking, PhD

Iris Paltin, PhD