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Victoria A. Miller, PhD

Victoria A. Miller, PhD

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department: Pediatrics

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The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Main Building, Suite 11NW10
34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 267-426-5259
BA (Psychology and Biomedical Ethics)
Brown University, 1997.
MA (Clinical Psychology)
Case Western Reserve University, 2002.
PhD (Clinical Psychology)
Case Western Reserve University, 2005.
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Description of Research Expertise

My overall goal is to conduct developmentally focused research that will inform questions related to child and family decision making about health-related issues.

One area of research has focused on independent self-management of chronic illness, with a particular focus on the development of decision making autonomy and competence. This line of research has underscored that the parent-child relationship is an important context in which decision making independence and competence develop. My current study is an R01-funded longitudinal study to determine the developmental mechanisms, predictors, and outcomes (e.g., treatment adherence and responsibility) of children’s decision making involvement, in children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis or type 1 diabetes.

The second area of research has focused on informed consent and assent in pediatric medical settings. I recently received funding from NIH to examine the potential benefits of children’s involvement in decisions about medical research decisions. I am also a co-investigator on two other studies in this area. One is a prospective cohort study that is following children with life-threatening chronic conditions and their parents, examining the process of decision making and the impact of hopeful patterns of thought, positive and negative affect, and the child’s illness trajectory (PI: Chris Feudtner). The second is a sub-project of a U01 grant (PI: Krantz) to examine informed consent and assent and return of results in the context of genomic sequencing in pediatric settings (PI of sub-project: Bernhardt).

Description of Clinical Expertise

Clinically, I provide consultation and treatment to children and adolescents with chronic illnesses (e.g., cancer; cystic fibrosis) and their families, with a focus on improving coping and adaptation, decreasing distress and family conflict related to the illness, and increasing treatment adherence. I utilize both family therapy and cognitive-behavioral techniques in my work with children and families.

Selected Publications

Hill DL, Miller VA, Hexem KR, Carroll K, Faerber JA, Kang T, Feudtner, C: Problems and hopes perceived by mothers, fathers, and physicians of children receiving palliative care. Health Expectations 18(5): 1052-1065, 2015.

Agarwal, S., Jawad, A.F., & Miller, V.A.: A multivariate model exploring the predictive value of demographic, adolescent, and family factors on glycemic control in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Pediatric Diabetes Page: doi: 10.1111/pedi.12331. 2015.

Feudtner, C., Walter, J.K., Faerber, J.A., Hill, D.L., Carroll, K.W., Mollen, C., Miller, V.A., Morrison, W., Munson, D., Kang, T., & Hinds, P. : Good parent beliefs of parents of seriously ill children. JAMA Pediatrics 169(1): 39-47, 2015.

Friedrich, E.F., Jawad, A.F., Miller, V.A.: Correlates of problem resolution during parent-child discussions about chronic illness management. Children’s Health Care Page: doi: 10.1080/02739615.2015.1038681, 2015.

Miller, S.D., Li, Y., Meyers, K.E.C., Caplan, A., Miller, V.A., & Ginsberg, J.P. : Fertility preservation practice in paediatric nephrology: Results of a national physician survey. Journal of Renal Care 40(4): 257-262, 2014.

Miller, V.A., Cousino, M., Leek, A.C., & Kodish, E. : Hope and persuasion by physicians during informed consent. Journal of Clinical Oncology 32(29): 3229-3235, 2014.

Miller, V.A. & Jawad, A.: Relationship of youth involvement in diabetes-related decisions to treatment adherence. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings 21: 183-189, 2014.

Ginsberg, J.P., Carlson, C.A., Gracia, C., Hobbie, W.L., Li, Y., Miller, V.A., Brinster, R.L., & Kolon, T.F. : Testicular tissue cryopreservation in prepubertal boys facing gonadotoxic therapy. Pediatric Blood & Cancer 61(9): 1673-1678, 2014.

Millington, K., Miller, V.A., Rubenstein, R., & Kelly, A. : Patient and parent perceptions of the diagnosis and management of cystic fibrosis-related diabetes. Journal of Clinical & Translational Epidemiology 1(3): 100-107, 2014.

Miller, V.A., Baker, J.N., Leek, A.C., Drotar, D., Kodish, E. : Patient involvement in informed consent for pediatric cancer research. Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 36(8): 635-640, 2014.

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