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Steven Hardy, PhD



  • Main Hospital Washington, District of Columbia 20010 1-888-884-BEAR (2327)

Languages Spoken

  • English


National Provider ID: 1912267725

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Outside Interests

  • American Psychological Association 



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.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Clinical Ped. Psychology, 2013
    Children's National Medical Center
  • PhD, 2012
    University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Internship Program, Clinical Child Psychology, 2012
    Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • MA, 2007
    East Carolina Univeristy
  • BA, 2005
    University of Alabama Tuscaloosa


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.

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