Lamia P. Barakat, PhD

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Professor of Clinical Psychology in Pediatrics 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

Schwartz LA, Lewis AM, Alderfer MA, Vega G, Barakat LP, King-Dowling S, Psihogios AM, Canter KS, Crosby L, Arasteh K, Enlow P, Hildenbrand AK, Kassam-Adams N, Pai A, Phan TL, Price J, Schultz CL, Sood E, Wood J, Kazak A.: COVID-19 Exposure and Family Impact Scales for Adolescents and Young Adults. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 47(6): 631-640, June 2022.

Devine, K., Diorio, C., Richman, S., Henderson, A., Oranges, K. . . . Barakat, L.P., Croy, C., Mauro, J., Vitlip, L., Pasquariello, C., & Reilly, A. : Guideline for pediatric patients with cancer receiving general anesthesia for procedures and imaging. Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 44(4): e859-e865, March 2022 Notes: doi: 10.1097/MPH.0000000000002430

Darabos, K., Li, Y., O'Hagan, B., Palermo, T., King-Dowling, S., Jubelirer, T., Huang, J., Barakat, L. P., & Schwartz, L. A. : Trajectories of pain severity and interference among adolescent and young adults with cancer: A micro-randomized study. The Clinical Journal of Pain 38(7): 443-450, 2022.

Phillips, C.A., Barakat, L.P., Pollock, B.H., Bailey, L.C., & Beidas, R.S. : Implementation science in pediatric oncology: a narrative review and future directions. Pediatric Blood and Cancer 69(4): e29579, 2022 Notes:

Deatrick, J.A. Knafl, K.A., Knafl, G.J., Bressler, S.N., Stevens, E.M., Ver Hoeve, E.S., Zukin, H., Rhodes, G., Leri, D., Hobbie, W., & Barakat, L.P. : Development of Training in Problem-Solving (TIPS) for Caregivers of Childhood Brain Tumor Survivors. Cancer Nursing December 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000001041.

Barakat LP, Madden RE, Vega, G, Askins M, Kazak AE.: Longitudinal Predictors of caregiver resilience at the end of childhood cancer treatment. Psychooncology 30(5): 747-755, May 2021 Notes: Epub 2021 Jan 26.

Ahmed, A.M., Rabbi, M., McKelvey, E.R., Huang, L., Fleisher, L., Schwartz, L., Barakat, L.P., Murphy, S., & Psihogios, A. : Iterative Refinement of an Open Source Ecological Momentary Assessment App for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer Society for Behavioral Medicine Virtual Conference April 2021.

Schwartz, L., Psihogios, A.M., King-Dowling, S., Darabos, K., Li, Y., O'Hagan, B., Maurer, L., Daniel, L.C., Barakat, L.P., Fleisher, L., Hobbie, W., Ginsberg, Jl, Jacobs, L., Szalda, D., & Hill, C. : A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Mobile Health Self-Management Intervention for Adolescent and Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer. Platform presentation for the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2021 Virtual Meeting April 2021.

Darabos, K., Li, Y., O’Hagan, B., King-Dowling, S., Jubelirer, T., Barakat, L.P., & Schwartz. L. : Trajectories and associates of pain severity and interference among adolescent and young adults with cancer. Poster presentation and discussion for the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2021 Virtual Meeting April 2021.

Daniel L.C., Meltzer L., Gross YJ, Flannery J., Forrest C.B., & Barakat, L.P. : Sleep practices in pediatric cancer patients: indirect effects on sleep disturbances and symptom burden. Psycho-Oncology Mar 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1002/pon.5669 online ahead of print.

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Last updated: 06/11/2022
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