Cynthia Gerhardt A PhD

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

  • Vannatta K, Salley CG, Gerhardt CA, Fairclough DL, Patenaude AF, Kupst MJ, Barrera MSocial self-perception among pediatric brain tumor survivors compared with peers.J Dev Behav Pediatr 35 427-34 9/1/2014
  • Heverly-Fitt S, Wimsatt MA, Menzer MM, Rubin KH, Dennis M, Taylor HG, Stancin T, Gerhardt CA, Vannatta K, Bigler ED, Yeates KOFriendship Quality and Psychosocial Outcomes among Children with Traumatic Brain Injury.J Int Neuropsychol Soc 20 684-93 8/1/2014
  • Compas BE, Desjardins L, Vannatta K, Young-Saleme T, Rodriguez EM, Dunn M, Bemis H, Snyder S, Gerhardt CAChildren and adolescents coping with cancer: self- and parent reports of coping and anxiety/depression.Health Psychol 33 853-61 8/1/2014
  • Wolfe KR, Bigler ED, Dennis M, Gerhardt CA, Rubin K, Taylor HG, Vannatta K, Yeates KOSelf-Awareness of Peer-Rated Social Attributes in Children With Traumatic Brain Injury.J Pediatr Psychol in press 7/30/2014
  • Robinson KE, Fountain-Zaragoza S, Dennis M, Taylor HG, Bigler ED PhD, Rubin K, Vannatta K, Gerhardt CA, Stancin T, Yeates KOExecutive Functions and Theory of Mind as Predictors of Social Adjustment in Childhood Traumatic Brain Injury.J Neurotrauma in press 7/8/2014
  • Akard TF, Gilmer MJ, Miller K, Steele AC, Hancock K, Barrera M, Compas B, Davies B, Dietrich MS, Fairclough DL, Hogan NS, Vannatta K, Gerhardt CAFactors affecting recruitment and participation of bereaved parents and siblings in grief research.Prog Palliat Care 22 75-79 4/1/2014
  • Long KA, Keeley L, Reiter-Purtill J, Vannatta K, Gerhardt CA, Noll RBChild-rearing in the context of childhood cancer: perspectives of parents and professionals.Pediatr Blood Cancer 61 326-32 2/1/2014
  • Gerhardt CA, Barrera M, Kupst MJ, Meyer EA, Patenaude AF, Vannatta K, Ach EFamily factors associated with academic achievement deficits in pediatric brain tumor survivors.Psychooncology 22 1731-7 8/1/2013
  • 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 38 732-43 8/1/2013
  • Taylor HG, Rubin K, Vannatta K, Gerhardt CA, Stancin T, Yeates KO, Dennis M, Simic N, Bigler ED, Abildskov T, Agostino ACognitive, affective, and conative theory of mind (ToM) in children with traumatic brain injury.Dev Cogn Neurosci 5 25-39 7/1/2013
  • Bigler ED, Abildskov TJ, Petrie J, Farrer TJ, Dennis M, Simic N, Taylor HG, Rubin KH, Vannatta K, Gerhardt CA, Stancin T, Owen Yeates KHeterogeneity of brain lesions in pediatric traumatic brain injury.Neuropsychology 27 438-51 7/1/2013
  • Kang T, Geyer JR, Gerhardt CA, Feudtner C, Wolfe J, Rosenberg AR, Dussel VPsychological distress in parents of children with advanced cancer.JAMA Pediatr 167 537-43 6/1/2013
  • Abildskov T, Dennis M, Rubin KH, Stancin T, Taylor HG, Vannatta K, Yeates KO, Gerhardt CA, Bigler EDPeer relationships of children with traumatic brain injury.J Int Neuropsychol Soc 19 518-27 5/1/2013
  • Kaal J, Thompson AL, Barrera M, Compas BE, Davies B, Fairclough DL, Foster TL, Jo Gilmer M, Hogan N, Vannatta K, Gerhardt CA, Steele ACBereaved parents and siblings offer advice to health care providers and researchers.J Pediatr Hematol Oncol 35 253-9 5/1/2013
  • Dennis M, Simic N, Agostino A, Taylor HG, Bigler ED, Rubin K, Vannatta K, Gerhardt CA, Stancin T, Yeates KOIrony and empathy in children with traumatic brain injury.J Int Neuropsychol Soc 19 338-48 3/1/2013
  • Bigler ED, Yeates KO, Dennis M, Gerhardt CA, Rubin KH, Stancin T, Gerry Taylor H, Vannatta KNeuroimaging and social behavior in children after traumatic brain injury: findings from the Social Outcomes of Brain Injury in Kids (SOBIK) study.NeuroRehabilitation 32 707-20 1/1/2013
  • Dennis M, Agostino A, Taylor HG, Bigler ED, Rubin K, Vannatta K, Gerhardt CA, Stancin T, Yeates KOEmotional expression and socially modulated emotive communication in children with traumatic brain injury.J Int Neuropsychol Soc 19 34-43 1/1/2013

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