Lamia P. Barakat, PhD

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Professor of Clinical Psychology in Pediatrics (Oncology) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Member, Academic Affairs Committee, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Science in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Member, Psychology Training Advisory Committee, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Director, Behavioral Oncology Program, Center for Childhood Cancer Research, CHOP Research Institute
Member, CRISSP Faculty Advisory Committee, CHOP Research Institute
Member, Executive Committee, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Co-Division Chief, Division of Integrated Psychiatry, Psychology, and Behavioral Health, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Department: Pediatrics

Contact information
The Hub for Clinical Collaboration
Division of Oncology/3rd floor, 3567
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
3500 Civic Center Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 267-426-8135
Fax: 215-590-3020
BA (Psychology)
Villanova University, 1985.
PhD (Clinical-Community Psychology)
University of South Carolina, 1991.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

evidence-based interventions to improve disease management and adaptation among children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer and their caregivers during active treatment and through the survivorship phase; evidence-based psychosocial screening and assessment in pediatric oncology to improve cancer outcomes and decrease disparities in care; setting and implementing the standards for psychosocial care in pediatric oncology

Description of Other Expertise

training and mentorship in pediatric psychology and pediatric psycho-oncology

Description of Research Expertise

My federally-funded research program is focused examining risk-and-resistance models of adaptation to pediatric chronic conditions particularly sociodemographic and family factors in quality of life and disease management in pediatric hematology and oncology. Another focus is on translating risk-and-resistance models into empirically supported interventions to improve disease management, school functioning, quality of life in pediatric samples. Within oncology, at present, I have an active research program examining evidenced based assessment in clinical care and posttraumatic stress and posttraumatic growth in survivors of childhood cancer and their caregivers. Future projects involve understanding perceived benefits and barriers to participation in clinical trials and examining engagement of adolescents and young adults with cancer in this decision-making and implications for adherence to treatment and quality of life.

Selected Publications

High, T., McCrae, P., Reed Williams, W., Barakat, L.P.: From Blueprint to Breakthrough: The CHOP Research Institute DEI Council and Action Plan (Where We Are, and the Path Forward). Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia DEI Summit, Philadelphia, PA. May 2024.

Galtieri, L.R., Perez, M.N., & Barakat, L.P.: Quality of Life of Caregivers at the End of their Child’s Pediatric Cancer Treatment: Cancer-Specific Worry and Material Hardship. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 2024 Notes: jsae014.

Barakat, L.P., Hammer, S.N., Wen, Y., Anil, A., Schwartz, L.A., Reilly, A., Bagatell, R., Schapira, M.M., Li, Y., & Deatrick, J.A.: Evaluation of a Decision Support Intervention for AYA Newly Diagnosed with Cancer: A Randomized Trial. Medical Decision Making Policy and Practice 2024 Notes: Revise and resubmit.

Perez, M.N., Deatrick, J.A., & Barakat, L.P.: Caregiver Condition Management and Family Functioning After Pediatric Cancer Treatment: Moderation by Race and Ethnicity. Psychooncology 33(1), 2024 Notes: e6263. doi: 10.1002/pon.6263. Epub 2023 Dec 1.

Prussien, K. V., Faust, H., Crosby, L., Smith-Whitley, K., Barakat, L. P., & Schwartz, L. A.: The pervasive influence of systems of power on transition readiness for adult care in sickle cell disease: A qualitative study. Pediatric Blood and Cancer 2024 Notes: In press.

Golfenshtein, N., Barakat, L.P., & Lisanti, A. : Profiles of Parental Coping with Pediatric Cancer and their associations to parental illness-adaptation. Journal of Advanced Nursing 2024 Notes: Revise and resubmit.

Kazak, A.E., Scialla, M., Deatrick, J.A., & Barakat, L.P.: Pediatric psychosocial preventative health model: Achieving equitable psychosocial care for children and families. Families, Systems and Health 42(1): 76-89, 2024 Notes: doi: 10.1037/fsh0000856. Epub 2023 Nov 27.

Golfenshtein, N., Barakat, L.P., Lisanti, A., & Ash, S.: Profiles of Parental Coping with Pediatric Cancer and their associations to parental illness-adaptation. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing 2024 Notes: Under editorial review.

Prussien, K. V., Crosby, L. E., Faust, H. L., Barakat, L. P., Deatrick, J. A., Smith-Whitley, K., & Schwartz, L. A.: An updated equitable model of readiness for transition to adult care: Validation in young people with sickle cell disease. JAMA Pediatrics 2024 Notes: Jan 8:e235914. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2023.5914.

Daniel, L.C., Venella, K., Woodard, K., Poliakova, P., Gross, Y., Bercovitz, I., Moore, D., Barakat, L.P., & Freedman, J.L. : Can extending time between vital sign checks improve sleep in hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients? Testing feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy. Pediatric Blood & Cancer 2024 Notes: e30832.

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Last updated: 06/11/2024
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