Cynthia A Gerhardt, PhD

Cynthia Gerhardt


College of Medicine



Academic Title

Assoc Professor

Research Program

Cancer Control

Research Interest

Cancer ● Brain Injuries ● Depression ● Wounds and Injuries ● Anemia, Sickle Cell ● Anxiety ● Breast Cancer ● Brain Cancer ● Neurofibromatosis 1 ● Brain Diseases

Cynthia Gerhardt, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Ohio State and a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, where she focuses her research on pediatric cancers and the roles of family.

In particular, she is interested in parent-child communication about childhood cancers, long-term adjustment by families with a pediatric brain tumor survivor and quality-of-life issues affected by pediatric cancer.

One of her recent studies emphasized the role of maternal post-traumatic stress symptoms, maternal communication and subsequent adolescent post-traumatic stress symptoms in the treatment of childhood cancer.

Dr. Gerhardt has authored or co-authored dozens of articles in such well-respected scientific journals as Neuropsychology, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Psycho-Oncology and Pediatric Blood & Cancer. .

Office Location

J1411 Children's Hospital

700 Children's Drive, Columbus, OH 43205



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