Research Assistant Professor, and Psychologist, Hematology, Oncology &Transplant Program
Alberta Children's Hospital
A1-130, 2888 Shaganappi Trail NW
Calgary, AB T3B 6A8
Research Interests and Projects:
Fiona's research examines the psychosocial outcomes in children who have been diagnosed with cancer. More specifically, some work has been focused on developing an understanding of how survivors of childhood cancer perceive their social competence, and how one might accurately and reliably assess social competence in this population. This knowledge is critical to understanding social development in pediatric oncology survivors. Ultimately, Fiona is interested in investigating the mechanisms that lead to social competence deficits in this population, whether such deficits can be rehabilitated through psychosocial interventions, and if these interventions positively affect long-term survivorship.
Current research projects include a systematic evaluation of the discrepancies between survivor and parent reports of social competence outcomes. As well, funding has been received to examine screening tools that might assess psychosocial distress in patients and their families at diagnosis, in treatment and into survivorship. Funding has also been requested to empirically evaluate a group social skills intervention program for child survivors of brain tumors in collaboration with SickKids in Toronto, Canada.
Paediatric Psychosocial Oncology