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

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, 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

Shashi, V, Pena, LDM, Kim, K, Burton, B, Hempel, M, Schoch, K, Walkiewicz, M, McLaughlin, HM, Cho, M, Stong, N, Hickey, SE, Shuss, CM, 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

Allen, TM, Anderson, LM, Rothman, JA, and Bonner, MJ. "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 (July 21, 2016): 1-18. 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

Ware, RE, Davis, BR, Schultz, WH, Brown, RC, Aygun, B, Sarnaik, S, Odame, I, Fuh, B, George, A, Owen, W, Luchtman-Jones, L, Rogers, ZR, Hilliard, L, Gauger, C, Piccone, C, Lee, MT, Kwiatkowski, JL, Jackson, S, Miller, ST, Roberts, C, Heeney, MM, Kalfa, TA, Nelson, S, Imran, H, Nottage, K, Alvarez, O, Rhodes, M, Thompson, AA, Rothman, JA, Helton, KJ, Roberts, D, Coleman, J, Bonner, MJ, Kutlar, A, Patel, N, Wood, J, Piller, L, Wei, P, Luden, J, Mortier, NA, Stuber, SE, Luban, NLC, and Cohen, AR et al. "Hydroxycarbamide versus chronic transfusion for maintenance of transcranial doppler flow velocities in children with sickle cell anaemia-TCD With Transfusions Changing to Hydroxyurea (TWiTCH): a multicentre, open-label, phase 3, non-inferiority trial." Lancet (London, England) 387.10019 (February 2016): 661-670. Full Text

Anderson, LM, Allen, TM, Thornburg, CD, and Bonner, MJ. "Fatigue in Children With Sickle Cell Disease: Association With Neurocognitive and Social-Emotional Functioning and Quality of Life." Journal of pediatric hematology/oncology 37.8 (November 2015): 584-589. Full Text

Shashi, V, Harrell, W, Eack, S, Sanders, C, McConkie-Rosell, A, Keshavan, MS, Bonner, MJ, Schoch, K, and Hooper, SR. "Social cognitive training in adolescents with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome: feasibility and preliminary effects of the intervention." Journal of intellectual disability research : JIDR 59.10 (October 2015): 902-913. 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.

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

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

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

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