Welcome to the Pediatrics/AYA SIG

Marie Barnett, PhD

Dr. Marie Barnett is an Assistant Attending Psychologist in the Departments of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science and Pediatrics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She is a pediatric psychologist and psycho-oncologist specializing in mental health assessment and interventions among children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer, along with their caregivers at all points on their cancer journey, including treatment, survivorship, and end of life. Dr. Barnett’s research examines use screening and patient-reported outcomes to identify patients and families at higher risk and need for short-term, targeted mental health treatment; implementing the pediatric psychosocial standards of care for cancer treatment; and early education and utilization of pediatric palliative care to improve quality of life and treatment satisfaction.

Lori Wiener, PhD

Dr. Lori Wiener is a co-director of the Behavioral Science Core and Head of the Psychosocial Support and Research Program at the pediatric oncology branch of the National Cancer Institute. As both a clinician and behavioral scientist, Dr. Wiener has dedicated her career to the fields of oncology and pediatric HIV/AIDS. At NCI Pediatric Oncology Branch, she developed a robust clinical and research program that has focused on critical clinical issues such as parental coping, lone parenting, transnational parenting, emotional consequences of medically required isolation, sibling and sibling donor experiences, graph versus host disease, and end-of-life planning. Dr. Wiener has also dedicated a substantial part of her career to applying knowledge from her clinical experience and psychosocial studies to create innovative resources such as books, workbooks, therapeutic games and an advance care planning guide for children, adolescents and young adults. Each of these resources are distributed worldwide and widely utilized in pediatric centers. Dr. Wiener has published extensively with close to 200 peer review papers and books chapters, co-edited the Pediatric Psycho-Oncology: A Quick Reference on the Psychosocial Dimensions of Cancer Symptom Management , New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2015 and Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology: Textbook for Multi-disciplinary Care , Springer International Publishing, 2016. She has been part of the leadership team that has developed the first evidence-based psychosocial standards of care for children with cancer and their family members.

Our Mission:  The Pediatrics/AYA Special Interest Group is a growing network of interdisciplinary professionals committed to advancing the practice and science of psychosocial care for children living with cancer and their family members. This SIG aims to:

  • Promote awareness of pediatric/AYA oncology clinical and research resources.
  • Provide networking and collaboration towards clinical supervision, research and funding opportunities, and professional development.
  • Engage and promote best practices for incorporating psychosocial care into practice in clinics, hospital-based programs and private practice.

The overall aim of the Peds/AYA SIG is to foster a collaborative professional and networking home for APOS members working with pediatric and AYA populations. It is our goal to continue focus on the Psychosocial Standards of Care for Children with Cancer and Their Families, with efforts to build on-going research on the Standards evidence base and practical implementation.

Additionally, the SIG is used for professional communications including the following topics: clinical challenges/supervision, referral requests/inquiries, research collaboration/questions/feedback, program development, sharing Peds/AYA SIG updates including member updates/accomplishments, new research articles or resources (books, online resources or apps), professional development opportunities, sharing policy/advocacy information, and gather resources that can be shared with the larger APOS community.

One of the APOS member benefits is to join the conversation on Groupsite with any of the 10 Special Interest Groups (SIGs).  This is a very engaging conversation platform and the Executive Office is happy to help you navigate this platform and help you set up your profile to begin networking.