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Early Career Psychosocial Oncology Research Grants



Awardee of the 2018 Mattie Miracle Early Investigator Award:


Kimberly Canter, Ph.D

Funded Proposal: Community Implementation of a Psychosocial eHealth Intervention for Parents of Children with Cancer

Kimberly Canter, Ph.D., is a researcher and psychologist in the Nemours Center for Healthcare Delivery Science, based in Wilmington, DE. Dr. Canter is a licensed clinical psychologist and also holds an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University.  She received her doctorate in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2015. Dr. Canter completed a residency in pediatric psychology at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in 2015 and went on to complete a two-year research postdoctoral fellowship in the Nemours Center for Healthcare Delivery Science.

Dr. Canter works to develop and implement evidence-based psychosocial interventions to decrease traumatic medical stress and enhance coping skills for children with chronic illnesses and their families. She has a particular interest in eHealth interventions and has developed an online psychosocial intervention for parents of children with cancer, called eSCCIP (the Electronic Surviving Cancer Competently Intervention Program).  Dr. Canter is an author/co-author of more than 15 peer-reviewed scientific articles and serves as a reviewer for a number of journals in her field. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Psychosocial Oncology Society.


The Mattie Miracle Early Investigator Award is being offered to support research that aims to help implement any of the 15 published Pediatric Psychosocial Standards of Care.

The Annual Award is available for up to $10,000.

  • Current APOS membership.
  • Currently an early investigator (e.g., dissertation or within 5 years of terminal degree).
  • In the case of PhD students, evidence that the proposed study has met the requirements for the dissertation and that it can be supported at the institution/facility proposed.
  • A research mentor must be clearly identified and the application must document his/her involvement in the study design and execution, as well as training and mentorship.

APOS extends a sincere thank you to Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation for their generous donation of this new grant award!



Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation is dedicated to increasing childhood cancer awareness, education, advocacy, research and psychosocial support services to children, their families, and medical personnel.  Children and their families will be supported throughout the cancer treatment journey, to ensure access to quality psychosocial and mental health care, and to enable children to cope with cancer so they can lead happy and productive lives.


The American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) was formed in 1986 to bring together professionals working in the psychological, behavioral and social aspects of cancer. Its mission broadened in the early 2000s to network professionals from all disciplines working in psychosocial oncology. Over five hundred psychosocial oncology professionals gather at APOS’ annual conference to share new research and clinical innovations. The Psycho-Oncology journal was begun in 1992 to publish research specific to psychosocial oncology in one journal.


For specific questions, please contact Dr. Lynne Padgett at or Dr. Lori Wiener