Expanding the Message to Include Psychosocial Care
Through Publications, Conferences, and Presentations
$30,000 in Innovative Research Grants
The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation funds innovative research grants through the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS). The grants are designed to support the implementation of the Psychosocial Standards of Care for Children with Cancer and Their Families. These 15 evidence-based Psychosocial Standards of Care were published in Pediatric Blood & Cancer, in 2015. Mattie Miracle is committed to funding research that produces clinical tools and models that can enable the implementation of the Psychosocial Standards of Care at treatment sites around the country.
APOS is housing and administrating our grants and we are honored to be connected to this outstanding professional association. Twelve strong Letters of Intent (LOIs) were submitted and seven were invited to submit a full proposal. Each proposal was reviewed by three experts in the area of the proposal.
The following areas were scored:
Significance to psychosocial oncology and the implementation of the pediatric standards
Appropriateness of Methods
Qualifications of the investigator (research team) to conduct the study
Based on the above criteria, we wish to congratulate the recipients of a Mattie Miracle/APOS Early Investigator Award:
Stephanie Hullman, Ph.D. (Riley Hospital for Children, IN) is awarded $10,000 to conduct a research study entitled, SibCARE: A Comprehensive Psychosocial Support Program for Siblings of Youth with Cancer. Mentor: Meghan Marsac, Ph.D. and
Karen Long-Traynor, Ph.D. (Rutgers Cancer Institute, NJ) is awarded $10,000 to conduct a research study entitled, Feasibility of a peer-to-peer parent mentoring program for parents of children recently diagnosed with cancer. Mentor: Katie Devine, Ph.D., MPH
Based on the caliber of proposals submitted, Mattie Miracle selected an additional two research studies to fund at a lower level. We congratulate the Mattie Miracle grant awardees and are pleased that the studies address the Standards and the implementation of the Standards using the evidence-based Matrix and Guidelines.
Taylor Buss, MSW (Cleveland Clinic Foundation, OH) is awarded $5,000 to conduct a research study entitled, Integrating Psychosocial Standards of Care into the Electronic Medical Record: A Visual Management Tool. Mentors: Stefanie Thomas, MD and Kate Eshleman, Psy.D.
Christina Sharkey, Ph.D. (Children's National Hospital, Washington, DC) is awarded $5,000 to conduct a research study entitled, Integrated Supports for Interrelated Needs: Child and Caregiver Perspectives on Multidimensional Implementation of the Psychosocial Standards of Care. Mentors: Kristina Hardy, Ph.D.; Steven Hardy, Ph.D.; Eugene Hwang, MD; Katherine Patterson Kelly, Ph.D.; and Robert Noll, Ph.D.