Steven Hardy, PhD, is a pediatric psychologist in the Divisions of Hematology, Oncology, and Blood and Marrow Transplantation (BMT) at Children’s National Health System. He also serves as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Hardy provides evidence-based psychological assessments and treatments for children with cancer, sickle cell disease, and other blood disorders, as well as those patients undergoing bone marrow transplants. He also provides brief psychological assessments and interventions as part of multidisciplinary clinics for survivors of childhood cancer and patients who have received bone marrow transplants for sickle cell disease.
Dr. Hardy organizes and supervises training activities in hematology/oncology and BMT for psychology externs and post-doctoral psychology fellows. His clinical interests include neurocognitive assessment of patients with sickle cell disease, pre-bone marrow transplant psychosocial assessment of patients and sibling donors, non-pharmacological approaches to pain management, and interventions to improve adherence to treatment regimens, increase health-promoting behaviors, and reduce risky health behaviors.
Dr. Hardy’s research involves studying the neurocognitive effects of sickle cell disease and exploring interventions to address disease-related cognitive deficits and improve quality of life. Dr. Hardy is a member of multiple professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association, Division of Health Psychology, Society of Pediatric Psychology, Association of Clinical Psychologists in Medical Settings, and Children’s Oncology Group.