Melissa A Alderfer

Summary

Affiliation: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Country: USA

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Brief report: does posttraumatic stress apply to siblings of childhood cancer survivors?
    Melissa A Alderfer
    The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, USA
    J Pediatr Psychol 28:281-6. 2003
  2. doi request reprint Psychosocial adjustment of siblings of children with cancer: a systematic review
    Melissa A Alderfer
    The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
    Psychooncology 19:789-805. 2010
  3. pmc Evidence-based assessment in pediatric psychology: family measures
    Melissa A Alderfer
    The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
    J Pediatr Psychol 33:1046-61; discussion 1062-4. 2008
  4. pmc Family functioning and posttraumatic stress disorder in adolescent survivors of childhood cancer
    Melissa A Alderfer
    Division of Oncology, Children s Hospital of Philadelphia and Department of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA
    J Fam Psychol 23:717-25. 2009
  5. ncbi request reprint Use of family management styles in family intervention research
    Melissa A Alderfer
    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, Division of Oncology, CHOP North, 3535 Market Street, Rm 1485, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
    J Pediatr Oncol Nurs 23:32-5. 2006
  6. ncbi request reprint Patterns of posttraumatic stress symptoms in parents of childhood cancer survivors
    Melissa A Alderfer
    Division of Oncology, The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 19104 4399, USA
    J Fam Psychol 19:430-40. 2005
  7. doi request reprint Family psychosocial risk, distress, and service utilization in pediatric cancer: predictive validity of the Psychosocial Assessment Tool
    Melissa A Alderfer
    Division of Oncology, The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Department of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, USA
    Cancer 115:4339-49. 2009
  8. pmc Conducting a randomized clinical trial of an psychological intervention for parents/caregivers of children with cancer shortly after diagnosis
    Meredith Lutz Stehl
    Division of Oncology, The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 19104 4399, USA
    J Pediatr Psychol 34:803-16. 2009
  9. doi request reprint Screening for psychosocial risk at pediatric cancer diagnosis: the psychosocial assessment tool
    Anne E Kazak
    Division of Oncology, The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
    J Pediatr Hematol Oncol 33:289-94. 2011
  10. pmc The Psychosocial Assessment Tool (PAT2.0): psychometric properties of a screener for psychosocial distress in families of children newly diagnosed with cancer
    Ahna L H Pai
    Division of Oncology, The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA, USA
    J Pediatr Psychol 33:50-62. 2008

Research Grants

Detail Information

Publications28

  1. ncbi request reprint Brief report: does posttraumatic stress apply to siblings of childhood cancer survivors?
    Melissa A Alderfer
    The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, USA
    J Pediatr Psychol 28:281-6. 2003
    ..To investigate whether adolescent siblings of childhood cancer survivors experience posttraumatic stress (PTS)...
  2. doi request reprint Psychosocial adjustment of siblings of children with cancer: a systematic review
    Melissa A Alderfer
    The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
    Psychooncology 19:789-805. 2010
    ..Directions for future research are proposed and clinical strategies are suggested for addressing the needs of these children...
  3. pmc Evidence-based assessment in pediatric psychology: family measures
    Melissa A Alderfer
    The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
    J Pediatr Psychol 33:1046-61; discussion 1062-4. 2008
    ..To provide a review of the evidence base of family measures relevant to pediatric psychology...
  4. pmc Family functioning and posttraumatic stress disorder in adolescent survivors of childhood cancer
    Melissa A Alderfer
    Division of Oncology, Children s Hospital of Philadelphia and Department of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA
    J Fam Psychol 23:717-25. 2009
    ..This study provides evidence that family functioning is related to cancer-related posttraumatic reactions in adolescent survivors...
  5. ncbi request reprint Use of family management styles in family intervention research
    Melissa A Alderfer
    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, Division of Oncology, CHOP North, 3535 Market Street, Rm 1485, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
    J Pediatr Oncol Nurs 23:32-5. 2006
    ..The FMS typologies provide descriptions of family adjustment and management of care. These 5 distinct patterns may be valuable in tailoring and evaluating family interventions in research...
  6. ncbi request reprint Patterns of posttraumatic stress symptoms in parents of childhood cancer survivors
    Melissa A Alderfer
    Division of Oncology, The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 19104 4399, USA
    J Fam Psychol 19:430-40. 2005
    ..These clinically meaningful patterns reveal that a majority of families had at least one parent with moderate to severe PTS, which supports development of family-based interventions for this population...
  7. doi request reprint Family psychosocial risk, distress, and service utilization in pediatric cancer: predictive validity of the Psychosocial Assessment Tool
    Melissa A Alderfer
    Division of Oncology, The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Department of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, USA
    Cancer 115:4339-49. 2009
    ..The current study evaluated stability and predictive validity of PAT psychosocial risk classification with regard to distress, family functioning, and the use of psychosocial services over the first 4 months of treatment...
  8. pmc Conducting a randomized clinical trial of an psychological intervention for parents/caregivers of children with cancer shortly after diagnosis
    Meredith Lutz Stehl
    Division of Oncology, The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 19104 4399, USA
    J Pediatr Psychol 34:803-16. 2009
    ..To report acceptability, feasibility, and outcome data from a randomized clinical trial (RCT) of a brief intervention for caregivers of children newly diagnosed with cancer...
  9. doi request reprint Screening for psychosocial risk at pediatric cancer diagnosis: the psychosocial assessment tool
    Anne E Kazak
    Division of Oncology, The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
    J Pediatr Hematol Oncol 33:289-94. 2011
    ..To investigate the feasibility of integrating an evidence-based screening tool of psychosocial risk in pediatric cancer care at diagnosis...
  10. pmc The Psychosocial Assessment Tool (PAT2.0): psychometric properties of a screener for psychosocial distress in families of children newly diagnosed with cancer
    Ahna L H Pai
    Division of Oncology, The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA, USA
    J Pediatr Psychol 33:50-62. 2008
    ..Purpose Psychometric properties of the Psychosocial Assessment Tool 2.0 (PAT2.0), a brief screener for psychosocial risk in families of children with cancer, are presented...
  11. ncbi request reprint Feasibility and preliminary outcomes from a pilot study of a brief psychological intervention for families of children newly diagnosed with cancer
    Anne E Kazak
    Division of Oncology, The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, Room 1486, CHOP North, 34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
    J Pediatr Psychol 30:644-55. 2005
    ..To report initial feasibility and outcome from a pilot study of a new three-session intervention for caregivers of children newly diagnosed with cancer, Surviving Cancer Competently Intervention Program-Newly Diagnosed (SCCIP-ND)...
  12. ncbi request reprint Treatment of posttraumatic stress symptoms in adolescent survivors of childhood cancer and their families: a randomized clinical trial
    Anne E Kazak
    Department of Pediatrics, The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104 4399, USA
    J Fam Psychol 18:493-504. 2004
    ..The data are supportive of brief interventions to reduce PTSS in this population and provide additional support for the importance of intervention for multiple members of the family...
  13. ncbi request reprint Cancer-related parental beliefs: the Family Illness Beliefs Inventory (FIBI)
    Anne E Kazak
    The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 3299, USA
    J Pediatr Psychol 29:531-42. 2004
    ..The goal of this study was to develop a reliable and valid method for assessing the cancer-related beliefs of parents with a child in treatment for cancer...
  14. doi request reprint Acceptability and feasibility of family use of The Cellie Cancer Coping Kit
    Meghan L Marsac
    Center for Injury Research and Prevention, The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, 3535 Market, Suite 1150, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
    Support Care Cancer 20:3315-24. 2012
    ..The Cellie kit is designed to promote coping and decrease distress in children undergoing pediatric cancer treatment. It includes a plush toy, coping cards, and book for caregivers...
  15. pmc Screening for psychosocial risk in pediatric cancer
    Anne E Kazak
    Division of Oncology, The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    Pediatr Blood Cancer 59:822-7. 2012
    ..Implications of broadly implemented screening for all patients across treatment settings are discussed...
  16. ncbi request reprint Identifying and addressing the needs of siblings of children with cancer: (commentary on Sidhu et al., page 580)
    Melissa A Alderfer
    The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    Pediatr Blood Cancer 47:537-8. 2006
  17. ncbi request reprint Posttraumatic stress symptoms during treatment in parents of children with cancer
    Anne E Kazak
    Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, 34th St and Civic Center Blvd, Room 1486 CHOP North, Philadelphia, PA 19104 3299, USA
    J Clin Oncol 23:7405-10. 2005
    ..In this study we investigated the presence of PTSS in parents of children currently in treatment and their association with treatment intensity and length of time since diagnosis...
  18. ncbi request reprint Evidence-based assessment, intervention and psychosocial care in pediatric oncology: a blueprint for comprehensive services across treatment
    Anne E Kazak
    The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 19104 4399, USA
    J Pediatr Psychol 32:1099-110. 2007
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  19. pmc Psychometric properties of the FACES-IV in a pediatric oncology population
    Meghan L Marsac
    The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
    J Pediatr Psychol 36:528-38. 2011
    ..The purpose of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of the Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scales, version IV (FACES-IV) in families of children with cancer...
  20. ncbi request reprint Posttraumatic growth in adolescent survivors of cancer and their mothers and fathers
    Lamia P Barakat
    Division of Oncology, Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    J Pediatr Psychol 31:413-9. 2006
    ..To describe posttraumatic growth (PTG) following childhood cancer survival and its association with demographic and disease/treatment variables, perceived treatment severity and life threat, and posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS)...
  21. ncbi request reprint Identifying psychosocial risk indicative of subsequent resource use in families of newly diagnosed pediatric oncology patients
    Anne E Kazak
    Division of Oncology, The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, Room 1486 CHOP North, 34th St and Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
    J Clin Oncol 21:3220-5. 2003
    ..Additional study aims were to examine concordance among family and staff reports of psychosocial risk, changes in risk status over time, and to predict the use of psychosocial resources during the first months of treatment...
  22. doi request reprint Coping with pediatric cancer: strategies employed by children and their parents to manage cancer-related stressors during treatment
    Aimee K Hildenbrand
    The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA
    J Pediatr Oncol Nurs 28:344-54. 2011
    ..Within families, few coping strategies were reported (child: M = 1.47, SD = 0.99; parent: M = 3.33, SD = 1.18), suggesting that early family-based interventions teaching coping techniques for cancer-related stressors may be beneficial...
  23. doi request reprint A mixed methods assessment of coping with pediatric cancer
    Aimee K Hildenbrand
    a Center for Injury Research and Prevention, The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA
    J Psychosoc Oncol 32:37-58. 2014
    ..Using a mixed methods approach to assess coping provides a richer understanding of families' experiences, which can better inform clinical practice. ..
  24. ncbi request reprint Parental decision-making in congenital heart disease
    K Sarah Hoehn
    Division of Critical Care Medicine, Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
    Cardiol Young 14:309-14. 2004
    ..To explore whether prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease is associated with lower levels of parental distress and greater satisfaction with decisions about cardiothoracic surgery when compared to postnatal diagnosis...
  25. doi request reprint Determining readiness for predoctoral internship training: the process of developing a screening measure
    Thomas J Power
    The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
    J Clin Psychol 67:6-16. 2011
    ..Correlations between raters at the factor and item level generally were in the moderate range. This study illustrates the process of developing a screening measure to help determine readiness for internship training...
  26. ncbi request reprint An integrative model of pediatric medical traumatic stress
    Anne E Kazak
    The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, 34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard, Room 1486 CHOP North, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 4399, USA
    J Pediatr Psychol 31:343-55. 2006
    ..To guide assessment and intervention for patients and families, a model for assessing and treating pediatric medical traumatic stress (PMTS) is presented that integrates the literature across pediatric conditions...
  27. ncbi request reprint Consensus statements: the Family Management Style Framework and its use with families of children with cancer
    Audrey E Nelson
    J Pediatr Oncol Nurs 23:36-7. 2006
  28. doi request reprint The ethical justification for minor sibling bone marrow donation: a case study
    Rebecca D Pentz
    Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 30322, USA
    Oncologist 13:148-51. 2008
    ..The basis of familial duties is complex, including such factors as the nature, intimacy, and history of the relationship and the specific risks and benefits to all involved. We examine each of these factors for our case study...

Research Grants1

  1. MEASURING SIBLING CANCER RELATED BELIEFS AND ADJUSTMENTS
    Melissa Alderfer; Fiscal Year: 2005
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