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

Wallace, Keri, et al. “Characterization of Severe and Extreme Behavioral Problems in Patients With Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood.Pediatr Neurol, vol. 111, Oct. 2020, pp. 5–12. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2020.06.012. Full Text

Uchitel, Julie, et al. “Social impairments in alternating hemiplegia of childhood.Dev Med Child Neurol, vol. 62, no. 7, July 2020, pp. 820–26. Pubmed, doi:10.1111/dmcn.14473. Full Text

Kuerten, Bethany G., et al. “Psychosocial Burden of Childhood Sickle Cell Disease on Caregivers in Kenya.J Pediatr Psychol, vol. 45, no. 5, June 2020, pp. 561–72. Pubmed, doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsaa021. Full Text

Brotkin, Samuel M., et al. “JPP Student Journal Club Commentary: The Relationship between Parent and Child Distress in Pediatric Cancer.J Pediatr Psychol, vol. 44, no. 10, Nov. 2019, pp. 1137–39. Pubmed, doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsz080. Full Text

Olivier, Traci W., et al. “Cognitive Implications of Ototoxicity in Pediatric Patients With Embryonal Brain Tumors.J Clin Oncol, vol. 37, no. 18, June 2019, pp. 1566–75. Pubmed, doi:10.1200/JCO.18.01358. Full Text

Porter, Laura S., et al. “Parenting a child with cancer: a couple-based approach.Transl Behav Med, vol. 9, no. 3, May 2019, pp. 504–13. Pubmed, doi:10.1093/tbm/ibz016. Full Text

Jasien, Joan M., et al. “Cognitive, adaptive, and behavioral profiles and management of alternating hemiplegia of childhood.Dev Med Child Neurol, vol. 61, no. 5, May 2019, pp. 547–54. Pubmed, doi:10.1111/dmcn.14077. Full Text

Allen, T. M., et al. “Computerized Cognitive Training in Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study.” Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, Jan. 2019. Scopus, doi:10.1037/cpp0000313. Full Text

Tan, Queenie K. G., et al. “Further evidence for the involvement of EFL1 in a Shwachman-Diamond-like syndrome and expansion of the phenotypic features.Cold Spring Harb Mol Case Stud, vol. 4, no. 5, Oct. 2018. Pubmed, doi:10.1101/mcs.a003046. Full Text

Anderson, Lindsay M., et al. “Mobile health intervention for youth with sickle cell disease: Impact on adherence, disease knowledge, and quality of life.Pediatr Blood Cancer, vol. 65, no. 8, Aug. 2018, p. e27081. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/pbc.27081. Full Text

Pages

Willard, Victoria W., et al. “Sluggish cognitive tempo in survivors of pediatric brain tumors.J Neurooncol, vol. 114, no. 1, 2013, pp. 71–78. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s11060-013-1149-8. Full Text

Palmer, S. L., et al. “HOW DO PARENTS COPE WITH THEIR CHILD'S DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF AN EMBRYONAL TUMOR? RESULTS OF A PROSPECTIVE AND LONGITUDINAL STUDY.” Neuro Oncology, vol. 12, no. 6, OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, 2010, pp. II16–II16.

Thornburg, Courtney D., et al. “Efficacy of Hydroxyurea To Prevent Organ Damage in Young Children with Sickle Cell Anemia.Blood, vol. 110, no. 11, American Society of Hematology, 2007, pp. 3386–3386. Crossref, doi:10.1182/blood.v110.11.3386.3386. Full Text

Bonner, M. J., et al. “Fatigue in adolescent survivors of pediatric cancer.” Neuro Oncology, vol. 8, no. 4, DUKE UNIV PRESS, 2006, pp. 476–476.

Hardy, K. K., et al. “Hydrocephalus as an additional risk factor for academic and intellectual outcome in survivors of pediatric medulloblastoma treated with radiation.” Neuro Oncology, vol. 8, no. 4, DUKE UNIV PRESS, 2006, pp. 479–80.

Hardy, K. K., et al. “Parent and family psychosocial adjustment as a function of pediatric tumor type.” Neuro Oncology, vol. 8, no. 4, DUKE UNIV PRESS, 2006, pp. 479–479.

Hood, Maggie A., et al. “Social and nonverbal functioning in children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA).Arthritis and Rheumatism, vol. 54, no. 9, WILEY-LISS, 2006, pp. S506–S506.

Bonner, M. J., et al. “Quality of life in pediatric brain tumor survivors.” Neuro Oncology, vol. 7, no. 3, DUKE UNIV PRESS, 2005, pp. 336–336.

Hardy, K. K., et al. “Preliminary evidence of nonverbal learning disability in survivors of pediatric brain tumors.” Neuro Oncology, vol. 6, no. 4, DUKE UNIV PRESS, 2004, pp. 446–446.

Selected Grants

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

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