Heather Conklin, PhD

Heather Conklin, PhD

Associate Member, St. Jude Faculty
Chief, Section of Neuropsychology

Departments

Psychology

Contact Information

Heather Conklin, PhD
Psychology
MS 740, Room R4014
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105-3678
Email: heather.conklin@stjude.org
Phone: (901) 595-3585
FAX: (901) 595-4701

Education

BS - Duke University
MA - University of Minnesota
PhD - University of Minnesota


Research Interests


Selected Publications

Ashford JM, Netson KL, Clark KN, Merchant TE, Santana VM, Wu S, Conklin HM. Adaptive functioning of childhood brain tumor survivors following conformal radiation therapy. Journal of Neuro-Oncology March 22, 2014.

Knight SJ, Conklin HM, Palmer S, Schreiber J, Armstrong CL, Wallace D, Bonner M, Swain MA, Chapieski L, Mabbott D, Boyle R, Zhang H, Huang Q, Anderson B, Gajjar A. Working memory abilities among children treated for medulloblastoma: A longitudinal study of parent report and performance. Journal of Pediatric Psychology March 12, 2014.

Jacola LM, Ashford JM, Reddick WE, Glass JO, Ogg RJ, Merchant TE, Conklin HM. The relationship between working memory and cerebral white matter in survivors of childhood brain tumors treated with conformal radiation therapy. Journal of Neuro-Oncology 2014.

Howarth RA, Adamson AM, Ashford JM, Merchant TE, Ogg RJ, Schulenberg S, Ogg S, Li J, Wu S, Xiong X, Conklin HM. Investigating the relationship between COMT polymorphism and working memory performance among childhood brain tumor survivors. Pediatric Blood & Cancer 61:40-45, 2014.

Willard VW, Conklin HM, Boop FA, Wu S, Merchant TE. Emotional and behavioral functioning after conformal radiation therapy for pediatric ependymoma. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 88:814-821, 2014.

Reddick WE, Taghipour DJ, Glass JO, Ashford JM, Xiong X, Wu S, Bonner M, Kahn RB, Conklin HM. Prognostic factors that increase the risk for reduced white matter volumes and deficits in attention and learning for survivors of childhood cancers. Pediatric Blood and Cancer 61:1074-1079, 2014.

Conklin HM, Reddick WE, Khan RB. Comment on Smithson et al.’s review of stimulant medication usage to improve neurocognitive and learning outcomes in childhood brain tumor survivors. European Journal of Cancer Research 50:1566-1568, 2014.

Conklin HM, Ashford JM, Di Pinto M, Vaughan C, Gioia G, Merchant TE, Ogg RJ, Santana V, Wu S. Computerized assessment of cognitive late effects among adolescent brain tumor survivors. Journal of Neuro-oncology 113:333-340, 2013.

Kahalley LS, Conklin HM, Tyc VL, Hudson MM, Wilson SJ, Wu S, Xiong X, Hinds PS. Slower processing speed after treatment for pediatric brain tumor and ALL. Psycho-Oncology 22:1979-1986, 2013.

Krull KR, Bhojwani D, Conklin HM, Pei D, Cheng C, Reddick WE, Li J, Sandlund J, Relling M, Pui CH. Genetic mediators of neurocognitive outcomes in survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Journal of Clinical Oncology 31:2182-2188, 2013.

Howarth RA, Ashford JM, Merchant TE, Ogg RJ, Santana V, Wu S, Xiong X, Conklin HM. The utility of parent report in the assessment of working memory among childhood brain tumor survivors. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society 19:380-395, 2013.

Landau E, Boop FA, Conklin HM, Wu S, Xiong X, Merchant TE. Supratentorial ependymoma: disease control, complications, and functional outcomes after irradiation. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 85:193-199, 2013.

Netson KL, Conklin HM, Wu S, Xiong X, Merchant TE. Longitudinal investigation of adaptive functioning following conformal irradiation for pediatric craniopharyngioma and low-grade glioma. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 85:1301-1306, 2013.

Kahalley LS, Wilson SJ, Tyc VL, Conklin HM, Hudson MM, Wu S, Xiong X, Stancel HH, Hinds PS. Are the psychological needs of adolescent survivors of pediatric cancer adequately identified and treated? Psycho-oncology 22:447-458, 2013.

Zou P, Li Y, Conklin HM, Mulhern RK, Butler RW, Ogg RJ. Evidence of change in brain activity among childhood cancer surivors participating in a cognitive remediation program. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology 27:915-929, 2012.

Conklin HM, Ashford JM, Howarth RA, Merchant TE, Ogg RJ, Santana V, Reddick WE, Wu S, Xiong X. Working memory performance among childhood brain tumor survivors. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society 18:996-1005, 2012.

Di Pinto M, Conklin HM, Li C, Xiong X, Merchant TE. Learning and memory following conformal radiation therapy for pediatric craniopharyngioma and low grade glioma. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 84:e363-369, 2012.

Conklin HM, Krull KR, Reddick, WE, Pei D, Cheng C, Pui CH. Cognitive outcomes following contemporary treatment without cranial irradiation for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 104:1386-1395, 2012.

Moyer KH, Willard VW, Gross AM, Netson KL, Ashford JM, Kahalley LS, Wu S, Xiong X, Conklin HM. The impact of attention on social functionoing in survivors of pediatric cancer. Pediatric Blood & Cancer 59:1290-1295, 2012.

Netson KL, Conklin HM, Wu S, Xiong X, Merchant TE. A 5-year investigation of children’s adaptive functioning following conformal radiation therapy for localized ependymoma. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 84:217-223, 2012.

Phipps S, Tyc VL, Conklin HM, Krull K. Psychosocial issues. In C Pui, ed. Childhood Leukemias Third Edition. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK. 2012.

Zou P, Helton KJ, Smeltzer M, Li CS, Conklin HM, Gajjar A, Wang W, Ware RE, Ogg RJ. Hemodynamic response to visual stimulation in children with sickle cell anemia. Brain Imaging and Behavior 5:295-306, 2011.

Qaddoumi I, Carey SC, Conklin HM, Ellison D, Sabin N, Boop F, Pai-Panadiker A, Baker J, Wright K, Broniscer A, Gajjar A. Characterization, treatment, and outcome of intracranial neoplasms in the first 120 days of life. Journal of Child Neurology 26:988-94, 2011.

Kahalley LS, Conklin HM, Tyc V, Wilson SJ, Hinds P, Wu S, Xiong X, Hudson M. ADHD and secondary ADHD criteria fail to identify many at-risk survivors of pediatric ALL and brain tumor. Pediatric Blood & Cancer 57(1):110-8, 2011.

Netson KL, Conklin HM, Ashford J, Kahalley LS, Wu S, Xiong X. Parent and teacher ratings of attention during a year-long methylphenidate trial in children treated for cancer. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 36(4):438-50, 2011.

Armstrong GT, Conklin HM, Huang S, Srivastava D, Sanford R, Ellison DW, Merchant TE, Hudson MM, Hoehn ME, Robison LL, Gajjar A, Morris EB. Survival and long-term health and cognitive outcomes after low grade glioma. Journal Neuro-Oncology 13(2):223-34, 2011.

Leigh LD, Conklin HM. Educational issues for children with cancer. In PA Pizzo & DG Poplack, eds. Principles and Practice of Pediatric Oncology. J.B. Lipcott Company: Philadelphia, PA, 2011.

Di Pinto M, Conklin HM, Li C, Xiong X, Merchant TE. Investigating verbal and visual auditory learning after conformal radiation therapy for childhood ependymoma. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics 77:1002-1008, 2010.

Ashford J, Schoffstall C, Reddick WE, Leone C, Laningham FH, Glass JO, Pei D, Cheng C, Pui CH, Conklin HM. Attention and working memory abilities in children treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Cancer 116:4638-4645, 2010.

Reddick WE, Conklin HM. Impact of ALL therapy on attention and working memory in children. Expert Review of Hematology 3:655-659, 2010.

Conklin HM, Reddick WE, Ashford J, Ogg S, Howard SC, Morris EB, Brown R, Bonner M, Christensen R, Wu S, Xiong X, Khan RB. Long-term efficacy of methylphenidate in enhancing attention regulation, social skills, and academic abilities of childhood cancer survivors. Journal of Clinical Oncology 28:4465-4472, 2010.

Conklin HM, Helton S, Ashford J, Mulhern RK, Reddick WE, Brown R, Bonner M, Jasper BW, Wu S, Xiong X, Khan RB. Predicting methylphenidate response in long-term survivors of childhood cancer: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 35(2):144-155, 2010.

Merchant TE, Conklin HM, Wu S, Lustig RH, Xiong X. Late effects of conformal radiation therapy for pediatric patients with low-grade glioma: Prospective evaluation of cognitive, endocrine and hearing deficits. Journal of Clinical Oncology 27:3691-3697, 2009.

Conklin HM, Lawford J, Jasper B, Morris B, Howard SC, Ogg SW, Wu S, Xiong X, Khan RB. Side effects of methylphenidate in survivors of childhood cancer: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Pediatrics 124:226-233, 2009.

Dolson EP, Conklin HM, Li C, Merchant TE. Predicting behavioral problems in craniopharyngioma survivors after conformal radiation therapy. Pediatric Blood & Cancer 52:860-864, 2009.

Jasper B, Conklin HM, Lawford J, Morris EB, Howard SC, Wu S, Xiong X, Shelso J, Khan RB. Growth effects of methylphenidate among childhood cancer survivors: A 12-month case-matched open-label trial.Pediatric Blood & Cancer 52:39-43, 2009.

Conklin HM, Salorio CF, Slomine, BS. Working memory performance following pediatric traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury 22:847-857, 2008.

Conklin HM, Li C, Xiong X, Ogg RJ, Merchant TE. Predicting change in academic abilities after conformal radiation therapy for localized ependymoma. Journal of Clinical Oncology 26:3965-3970, 2008.

Hooper CJ, Luciana M, Wahlstrom D, Conklin HM, Yarger RS. Personality correlates of Iowa Gambling Task performance in healthy adolescents. Personality and Individual Differences 44:598-609, 2008.

Conklin HM, Khan RB, Reddick WE, Helton S, Brown R, Howard SC, Bonner M, Christensen R, Wu S, Xiong X, Mulhern RK. Acute neurocognitive response to methylphenidate among survivors of childhood cancer: A randomized, double-blind, cross-over trail. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 32:1127-1139, 2007.

Conklin HM, Luciana M, Hooper C, Yarger R. Working memory performance in typically developing children and adolescents: Behavioral evidence of protracted frontal lobe development. Developmental Neuropsychology 31:103-128, 2007.

Luciana M, Conklin HM, Hooper C, Yarger R. The development of nonverbal working memory and executive control processes in adolescents. Child Development 76:697-712, 2005.

Conklin HM, Curtis CE, Calkins ME, Iacono WG. Working memory impairment in schizophrenia patients and their first-degree relatives: Cognitive functioning shedding light on etiology. Neuropsychologia 43:930-942, 2005.

Hooper C, Luciana M, Conklin HM, Yarger R. Adolescents’ performance on the Iowa Gambling Task: Implications for the development of decision-making and ventromedial prefrontal cortex. Developmental Psychology 40:1148-1158, 2004.

Conklin HM, Iacono WG. The assessment of schizophrenia: Getting closer to the cause. Schizophrenia Bulletin 29:405-411, 2003.

Conklin HM, Calkins ME, Anderson CA, Dinzeo TJ, Iacono WG. Recognition memory for faces in schizophrenia patients and their first-degree relatives. Neuropsychologia 40:2314-2324, 2002.

Conklin HM, Iacono WG. Schizophrenia: A neurodevelopmental perspective. Current Directions in Psychological Science 11:33-37, 2002.

Conklin HM, Curtis CE, Katsanis J, Iacono WG. Ms. Conklin and Colleagues Reply. Response to a letter to the editor, Verbal working memory impairment in schizophrenia patients and their first-degree relatives. American Journal of Psychiatry 158:660a-661a, 2001.

Conklin HM, Curtis CE, Katsanis J, Iacono WG. Verbal working memory impairment in schizophrenia patients and their first-degree relatives: Evidence from the digit span task. American Journal of Psychiatry 157:275-277, 2000.

Conklin HM, Polemics J. Brain dimorphisms and sex: A review. International Journal of Comparative Psychology 10:25-56, 1997.

Last update: May 2014