Melanie Jean Bonner

Melanie Jean Bonner

Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Virginia Polytech Institute and State University 1995

Overview

My current research efforts focus on evaluating and remediating cognitive functioning in children with illnesses that impact the central nervous system. Current projects include: 1) evaluation of a cognitive intervention for children with sickle cell disease; 2) intervention aimed at improving adherence to medication regiments in children with sickle cell disease; and 3) remediation of cognitive deficits in children undergoing treatment for pediatric tumors.  I also consult on several multi-center projects aimed at evaluating cognitive functioning and quality of life in children with disease.  

Cognitive evaluation, cognitive intervention, pediatrics, chronic illness, quality of life

Expertise

Cognitive evaluation, cognitive intervention, pediatrics, chronic illness, quality of life

Schreiber, JE, Palmer, SL, Conklin, HM, Mabbott, DJ, Swain, MA, Bonner, MJ, Chapieski, ML, Huang, L, Zhang, H, and Gajjar, A. "Posterior fossa syndrome and long-term neuropsychological outcomes among children treated for medulloblastoma on a multi-institutional, prospective study." Neuro-oncology 19.12 (November 2017): 1673-1682. Full Text

Allen, TM, Anderson, LM, Rothman, JA, and Bonner, MJ. "[Formula: see text]Executive functioning and health-related quality of life in pediatric sickle cell disease." Child neuropsychology : a journal on normal and abnormal development in childhood and adolescence 23.8 (November 2017): 889-906. Full Text

Gallentine, WB, Shinnar, S, Hesdorffer, DC, Epstein, L, Nordli, DR, Lewis, DV, Frank, LM, Seinfeld, S, Shinnar, RC, Cornett, K, Liu, B, Moshé, SL, Sun, S, and FEBSTAT Investigator Team, . "Plasma cytokines associated with febrile status epilepticus in children: A potential biomarker for acute hippocampal injury." Epilepsia 58.6 (June 2017): 1102-1111. Full Text

Willard, VW, Allen, TM, Hardy, KK, and Bonner, MJ. "Social functioning in survivors of pediatric brain tumors: Contribution of neurocognitive and social-cognitive skills." Children's Health Care 46.2 (April 3, 2017): 181-195. Full Text

Shashi, V, Pena, LDM, Kim, K, Burton, B, Hempel, M, Schoch, K, Walkiewicz, M, McLaughlin, HM, Cho, M, Stong, N, Hickey, SE, Shuss, CM, Undiagnosed Diseases Network, , Freemark, MS, Bellet, JS, Keels, MA, Bonner, MJ, El-Dairi, M, Butler, M, Kranz, PG, Stumpel, CTRM, Klinkenberg, S, Oberndorff, K, Alawi, M, Santer, R, Petrovski, S, Kuismin, O, Korpi-Heikkilä, S, Pietilainen, O, Aarno, P, Kurki, MI, Hoischen, A, Need, AC, Goldstein, DB, and Kortüm, F. "De Novo Truncating Variants in ASXL2 Are Associated with a Unique and Recognizable Clinical Phenotype." American journal of human genetics 100.1 (January 2017): 179-. Full Text

Weiss, EF, Masur, D, Shinnar, S, Hesdorffer, DC, Hinton, VJ, Bonner, M, Rinaldi, J, Van de Water, V, Culbert, J, Shinnar, RC, Seinfeld, S, Gallentine, W, Nordli, DR, Frank, LM, Epstein, L, Moshé, SL, Sun, S, and FEBSTAT study team, . "Cognitive functioning one month and one year following febrile status epilepticus." Epilepsy & behavior : E&B 64.Pt A (November 2016): 283-288. Full Text

Shashi, V, Pena, LDM, Kim, K, Burton, B, Hempel, M, Schoch, K, Walkiewicz, M, McLaughlin, HM, Cho, M, Stong, N, Hickey, SE, Shuss, CM, Undiagnosed Diseases Network, , Freemark, MS, Bellet, JS, Keels, MA, Bonner, MJ, El-Dairi, M, Butler, M, Kranz, PG, Stumpel, CTRM, Klinkenberg, S, Oberndorff, K, Alawi, M, Santer, R, Petrovski, S, Kuismin, O, Korpi-Heikkilä, S, Pietilainen, O, Aarno, P, Kurki, MI, Hoischen, A, Need, AC, Goldstein, DB, and Kortüm, F. "De Novo Truncating Variants in ASXL2 Are Associated with a Unique and Recognizable Clinical Phenotype." American journal of human genetics 99.4 (October 2016): 991-999. Full Text

Willard, VW, Hostetter, SA, Hutchinson, KC, Bonner, MJ, and Hardy, KK. "Benefit Finding in Maternal Caregivers of Pediatric Cancer Survivors: A Mixed Methods Approach." Journal of pediatric oncology nursing : official journal of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses 33.5 (September 2016): 353-360. Full Text

Hesdorffer, DC, Shinnar, S, Lax, DN, Pellock, JM, Nordli, DR, Seinfeld, S, Gallentine, W, Frank, LM, Lewis, DV, Shinnar, RC, Bello, JA, Chan, S, Epstein, LG, Moshé, SL, Liu, B, Sun, S, and FEBSTAT study team, . "Risk factors for subsequent febrile seizures in the FEBSTAT study." Epilepsia 57.7 (July 2016): 1042-1047. Full Text

Allen, T, Willard, VW, Anderson, LM, Hardy, KK, and Bonner, MJ. "Social functioning and facial expression recognition in children with neurofibromatosis type 1." Journal of intellectual disability research : JIDR 60.3 (March 2016): 282-293. Full Text

Pages

Ware, RE, Davis, BR, Schultz, WH, Brown, C, Aygun, B, Sarnaik, SA, Odame, I, Fuh, B, George, A, Owen, W, Luchtman-Jones, L, Rogers, ZR, Hilliard, L, Gauger, C, Piccone, CM, Lee, MT, Kwiatkowski, J, Jackson, S, Miller, ST, Roberts, CW, Heeney, MM, Kalfa, TA, Nelson, SC, Imran, H, Nottage, KA, Alvarez, OA, Rhodes, M, Thompson, AA, Rothman, J, Helton, KJ, Roberts, D, Coleman, J, Bonner, MJ, Kutlar, A, Patel, N, Wood, JC, Piller, L, Wei, P, Luden, J, Mortier, NA, Stuber, S, Luban, NLC, and Cohen, AR et al. "TCD with Transfusions Changing to Hydroxyurea (TWiTCH): Hydroxyurea Therapy As an Alternative to Transfusions for Primary Stroke Prevention in Children with Sickle Cell Anemia." December 3, 2015.

Palmer, SL, Lesh, S, Wallace, D, Bonner, MJ, Swain, M, Chapieski, L, Mabbott, DJ, Knight, S, Boyle, R, Armstrong, C, and Gajjar, A. "HOW DO PARENTS COPE WITH THEIR CHILD'S DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF AN EMBRYONAL TUMOR? RESULTS OF A PROSPECTIVE AND LONGITUDINAL STUDY." June 2010.

Willard, VW, Allen, TM, Hardy, KK, Sawyer, KA, Gururangan, S, and Bonner, MJ. "SLUGGISH COGNITIVE TEMPO IN SURVIVORS OF PEDIATRIC BRAIN TUMORS." October 2009.

Thornburg, CD, Dixon, N, Burgett, S, Mortier, NA, Zimmerman, SA, Bonner, MJ, Calatroni, A, and Ware, RE. "Efficacy of hydroxyurea to prevent organ damage in young children with sickle cell anemia." November 16, 2007.

Bonner, MJ, Hardy, KK, and Willard, VW. "Fatigue in adolescent survivors of pediatric cancer." October 2006.

Hardy, KK, Bonner, MJ, Willard, VW, and Hutchinson, KC. "Parent and family psychosocial adjustment as a function of pediatric tumor type." October 2006.

Hood, MA, Anthony, KK, Bonner, MJ, Hardy, KK, Willard, VW, and Schanberg, LE. "Social and nonverbal functioning in children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA)." September 2006.

Bonner, MJ, Hardy, KK, Guill, AB, Willard, VW, Carter, KE, and Gururangan, S. "Quality of life in pediatric brain tumor survivors." July 2005.

Hardy, KK, Bonner, MJ, Bromell, L, and Gururangan, S. "Preliminary evidence of nonverbal learning disability in survivors of pediatric brain tumors." October 2004.

Selected Grants

An integrated and diverse genomic medicine program for undiagnosed diseases awarded by National Institutes of Health (Collaborator). 2014 to 2018

Research Training In Neuro-Oncology awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 1998 to 2016

TCD With Transfusions Changing to Hydroxyurea (TWITCH) Closeout awarded by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (Collaborator). 2014 to 2015

Network Plasticity in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury awarded by Child Neurology Foundation (Collaborator). 2013 to 2014

Feasibility of a Couple-based Intervention for Parents of Children with Cancer awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2012 to 2014

Development of a Novel Cognitive Remediation Program for 22q11 Deletion Syndrome awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2011 to 2014

Training in Psychological Intervention Research awarded by National Institutes of Health (Training Faculty). 2006 to 2011

TRICCS: Targeting Inattention in Childhood Cancer Survivors awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2007 to 2010

Research Training In Neuro-Oncology awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2005 to 2010

Deficits in Facial Expression Recognition in Childhood Cancer Survivors awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2009