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Amanda Thompson, PhD



Amanda L. Thompson, PhD, is a pediatric psychologist and the Director of Patient Support Services in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. She manages a clinical team of psychosocial team members (e.g., art therapists, music therapists, educational specialists, psychology fellows, and externs) and provides clinical psychology services to patients and families in the Divisions of Hematology, Oncology, and Blood and Marrow Transplantation. Dr. Thompson and her psychology team are available to help all members of the family, including siblings, adjust to the challenges of diagnosis and treatment. She has a special research and clinical interest in issues of cancer survivorship and currently spends several days each month working with survivors of all ages in the multidisciplinary long-term follow-up clinics.

Dr. Thompson also runs a psychology post-doctoral fellowship in psycho-oncology, is an outpatient case supervisor for psychology predoctoral interns, and maintains several pre-doctoral externship placements for advanced graduate students in psychology looking for practicum experience in issues of pediatric cancer. Dr. Thompson frequently provides didactic lectures to psychology, psychiatry, and hematology/oncology residents and fellows, and is an active participant in nursing education.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Psychology, 2009
    Nationwide Childrens Hospital
  • Internship Program, Clinical Ped. Psychology, 2007
    A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children
  • PhD, Clinical Child Psychology, 2006
    University of Pittsburgh
  • BA, Psychology, 2000
    Georgetown University
  • MS, 2000
    University of Pittsburgh


Home-Based Working Memory Training Reduces Neurocognitive Effects of SCD

Home-based, computerized working memory (WM) training reduces the neurocognitive effects of sickle cell disease among school-aged youths, helping them achieve demonstrated improvements in verbal and visual WM – even if kids complete as few as 10 sessions, according to a research study led by Children’s National Health System.

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

11th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology

(2009) Social Functioning of Children who have Lost a Sibling to Cancer

A qualitative study of advice from bereaved parents and siblings

(2011) Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care

Individual trajectories of substance use in lesbian gay and bisexual youth and heterosexual youth

(2009) Addiction

Preliminary Evidence for the Feasibility and Efficacy of a Stress Management Intervention for 712 Year Olds with Asthma

(2011) Journal of Asthma

Psychological and social effects of surviving childhood cancer

(2006) Pediatric Hematology/Oncology: A Biopsychosocial Approach

Risky driving in adolescentsand young adults with attentiondeficit hyperactivity disorder

(2007) Journal of Pediatric Psychology

Romantic relationships of emerging adult survivors of childhood cancer

(2009) Psycho-Oncology

Social outcomes among emerging adults with juvenile idiopathic arthritis

(2011) Children’s Health Care

Survivors of childhood cancer and comparison peers The influence of peer factors on later externalizing behavior and substance use in emerging adulthood

(2009) Journal of Pediatric Psychology

Home Based Memory Training for Kids With Sickle Cell View publications on PubMed

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