Cynthia A Gerhardt PhD

Cynthia A Gerhardt PhD
Assoc ProfessorCollege of
J1411 Children's Hospital 700 Children's Drive Columbus OH 43205
  • Cancer Control

General Research Interest

Dr. Gerhardt's research focuses on risk and resilience factors associated with family adjustment to bereavement and childhood chronic illnesses, such as cancer.

Research Description

Current projects examine parent-child communication about childhood cancer, long-term adjustment among families of pediatric brain tumor survivors, grief and adaptation among families whose child died of cancer, quality of life among families in pediatric palliative care, and social outcomes for children with traumatic brain injuries.

Transinstitutional Work

Dr. Gerhardt's research involves collaborations with multiple investigators at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, TN; Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto,ON; University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, CO; Loyola University in Chicago, IL; University of California in San Francisco, CA; Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA; Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY; University of Maryland in College Park, MD; and Brigham Young University in Provo, UT.

Current Publications

  • Noll RBChild-rearing in the context of childhood cancer: perspectives of parents and professionals.Pediatr Blood Cancer 61 326-32 2/1/2014
  • Rodriguez EM, Dunn MJ, Zuckerman T, Hughart L, Vannatta K, Gerhardt CA, Saylor M, Schuele CM, Compas BEMother-child communication and maternal depressive symptoms in families of children with cancer: integrating macro and micro levels of analysis.J Pediatr Psychol 38(7) 732-43 8/1/2013
  • Ach E, Gerhardt CA, Barrera M, Kupst MJ, Meyer EA, Patenaude AF, Vannatta KAFamily factors associated with academic achievement deficits in pediatric brain tumor survivors.Psychooncology 22(8) 1731-7 8/1/2013
  • Rosenberg AR, Dussel V, Kang T, Geyer JR, Gerhardt CA, Feudtner C, Wolfe JPsychological distress in parents of children with advanced cancer.JAMA Pediatr 167(6) 537-43 6/1/2013
  • Steele AC, Kaal J, Thompson AL, Barrera M, Compas BE, Davies B, Fairclough DL, Foster TL, Jo Gilmer M, Hogan N, Vannatta K, Gerhardt CABereaved parents and siblings offer advice to health care providers and researchers.J Pediatr Hematol Oncol 35(4) 253-9 5/1/2013
  • Dunn MJ, Rodriguez EM, Barnwell AS, Grossenbacher JC, Vannatta K, Gerhardt CA, Compas BE"Posttraumatic stress symptoms in parents of children with cancer within six months of diagnosis": Correction to Dunn et al. (2012).Health Psychol 31(6) v 11/1/2012
  • Miller KS, Vannatta K, Vasey M, Yeager N, Compas BE, Gerhardt CAHealth literacy variables related to parents' understanding of their child's cancer prognosis.Pediatr Blood Cancer 59(5) 914-8 11/1/2012
  • Gilmer MJ, Foster TL, Vannatta K, Barrera M, Davies B, Dietrich MS, Fairclough DL, Grollman J, Gerhardt CAChanges in parents after the death of a child from cancer.J Pain Symptom Manage 44(4) 572-82 10/1/2012
  • Dennis M, Simic N, Gerry Taylor H, Bigler ED, Rubin K, Vannatta KA, Gerhardt CA, Stancin T, Roncadin C, Yeates KOTheory of mind in children with traumatic brain injury.J Int Neuropsychol Soc 18(5) 908-16 9/1/2012
  • Foster TL, Gilmer MJ, Vannatta K, Barrera M, Davies B, Dietrich MS, Fairclough DL, Gerhardt CAChanges in siblings after the death of a child from cancer.Cancer Nurs 35(5) 347-54 9/1/2012

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