Kathryn A Vannatta, PhD

Kathryn Vannatta


College of Medicine



Academic Title


Research Program

Cancer Control

Research Interest

Cancer ● Brain Injuries ● Anemia, Sickle Cell ● Depression ● Wounds and Injuries ● Brain Cancer ● Chronic Disease ● Anxiety ● Inflammatory Bowel Diseases ● Neurofibromatosis 1

Kathryn Vannatta, PhD, is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, where she focuses her research on the psychological outcomes of children affected by cancer.

In particular, she seeks to understand how family and peer relations, as well as risk and resilience, are shown in the social development of children facing chronic illness or significant disruption in family functioning.

One of her recent studies showed that a mother’s harsh and withdrawn communication about cancer with her child could be predicted by her primary control coping and depressive symptoms.

Dr. Vannatta has co-authored many articles in well-respected publications, including Psycho-Oncology, Journal of Child Neurology, Journal of Pediatric Psychology and Pediatric Blood & Cancer.

Office Location

Center for Biobehavioral Health

700 Children's Drive, Columbus, OH 43205




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