Pediatric Hematology/Oncology : Clinical Services

Psychosocial Support Services

We offer a full range of psychosocial support services to help children and their families cope during their difficult moments. Extensive interaction occurs between physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, child life specialists and parents. Led by Winsome Thompson, Ph.D., the Psychology Service is fully integrated into the multidisciplinary team that provides care to our patients and has two primary roles:

  • To provide full-time psychological support to patients and their families
  • To provide Neuropsychological Evaluations as cancer and blood disorders may have negative effects on several aspects of a child’s cognitive functioning

To counter any negative cognitive effects from chronic diseases, Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D. has established the Second Chance Program to provide targeted intervention to children and their families to assist with areas of cognitive and academic difficulty associated with disease and treatment and to prevent cognitive and academic difficulty whenever possible.

In addition, the Psychology Service participates in variety of clinical trials and research studies. This includes administering the neuropsychological components of protocols for our patients enrolled in Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical trials.