Tara M. Brinkman, PhD
Tara M. Brinkman, PhD

Tara M. Brinkman, PhD

Assistant Member, St. Jude Faculty

Departments

Education

BA – Otterbein College (2002)
MA, CAS – East Carolina University (2005)
PhD – Michigan State University (2009)

Research Interests

  • Neurobehavioral late effects of childhood cancer
  • Psychosocial impact of pediatric brain tumors
  • Psychological and behavioral interventions

Honors & Awards

  • 2015-2018  St. Baldrick’s Research Scholar Award
  • 2013-2015  National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program

Current Research

  • Social cognition and brain integrity in survivors of pediatric medulloblastoma (FACES), Principal Investigator
  • Melatonin intervention for neurocognitive deficits in adult survivors of childhood cancer (MIND), Principal Investigator
  • Risk of psychopathology and neurocognitive impairment in leukemia survivors (NEULS), Co-Investigator
  • Brain integrity in survivors of Hodgkin lymphoma treated with thoracic radiation (BRIGHT), Co-Investigator
  • Longitudinal assessment of frailty in young adult survivors of childhood cancer (FRAILTY), Co-Investigator
  • Establishment of a lifetime cohort of adults surviving childhood cancer (SJLIFE), Co-Investigator
  • Late effects after high risk neuroblastoma (LEAHRN), Co-Investigator

Selected Publications

Studaway A, Ojha RP, Brinkman TM, Zhang N, Banerjee P, Ehrhardt M, Srivastava DK, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Krull KR. Chronic Hepatitis C virus infection and neurocognitive function in adult survivors of childhood cancer. Cancer 2017 (in press).

Vuotto S, Ojha RP, Klosky JL, Li C, Krull KR, Srivastava DK, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Brinkman TM. The role of body image dissatisfaction in the association between treatment-related scarring or disfigurement and psychological distress in adult survivors of childhood cancer. Psychooncology Apr 18, 2017.

Cheung YT, Brinkman TM, Mulrooney DA, Mzayek Y, Liu W, Banerjee P, Panoskaltsis-Mortari A, Srivastava DK, Pui CH, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Krull KR. Impact of sleep, fatigue and systemic inflammation on neurocognitive and behavioral outcomes in long-term survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Cancer Apr 27, 2017.

Huang IC, Brinkman TM, Armstrong GT, Leisenring W, Robison LL, Krull KR. Emotional distress impacts quality of life evaluation: A report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. J Cancer Surviv 11(3):309-319, 2017.

Ehrhardt MJ, Sandlund JT, Zhang N, Ness KK, Bhakta N, Chemaitilly W, Krull KR, Brinkman TM, Crom DB, Kun L, Kaste SC, Armstrong GT, Green DM, Srivastava DK, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Mulrooney DA. Late outcomes of adult survivors of childhood non-Hodgkin lymphoma: A report from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study. Pediatr Blood Cancer 64(6),, 2016.

Hudson MM, Ehrhardt MJ, Bhakta N, Baassiri MJ, Eissa H, Chemaitilly W, Green DM, Mulrooney DA, Armstrong GT, Brinkman TM, Klosky JL, Krull KR, Sabin ND, Wilson CL, Huang IC, Bass JK, Hale K, Kaste S, Khan RB, Srivastava DK, Yasui Y, Joshi VM, Srinivasan S, Stokes D, Hoehn ME, Wilson M, Ness, KK, Robison LL. Approach for classification and severity-grading of long-term and late-onset health events among childhood cancer survivors in the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 26(5);1-9, 2016.

Willard VW, Klosky JL, Li C, Srivastava DK, Brinkman TM, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Phipps S. The impact of childhood cancer: Perceptions of adult survivors. Cancer 123(9):1625-1634, 2017.

Kaye EC, Brinkman TM, Baker JN. Development of depression in survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer: A multi-level life course conceptual framework. Support Care Cancer 25(6):2009-2017, 2017.

Vuotto S, Krull KR, Li C, Oeffinger KC, Green DM, Patel SK, Srivastava DK, Stovall M, Ness KK, Armstrong GT, Robison LL, Brinkman TM. Impact of chronic disease on emotional distress in adult survivors of childhood cancer: A report from the childhood cancer survivor study. Cancer 123(3):521-528, 2017.

Fernandez-Pineda I, Hudson MM, Pappo AS, Bishop M, Klosky J, Brinkman TM, Srivastava DK, Neel M, Rao B, Davidoff A, Krull KR, Mulrooney D, Robison LL, Ness KK. Long-term functional outcomes and quality of life in childhood extremity sarcomas: A report from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study. J Cancer Surviv 11(1):1-12, 2017.

Cheung YT, Chemaitilly W, Mulrooney DA, Brinkman TM, Liu W, Banerjee P, Srivastava DK, Pui CH, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Krull KR. Association between dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate and attention in long-term survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia treated with chemotherapy. Psychoneuroendocrinology 76:114-118, 2017.

Rach AM, Crabtree V, Brinkman TM, Zeltzer L, Marchak JG, Srivastava DK, Tynes B, Lai JS, Robison LL, Armstrong GT, Krull KR. Predictors of fatigue and poor sleep in adult survivors of childhood Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: A report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. J Cancer Surviv 11(2):256-263, 2017.

Brinkman TM, Krasin MJ, Liu W, Armstrong GT, Ojha RP, Sadighi Z, Gupta P, Kimberg C, Srivastava DK, Merchant TE, Gajjar A, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Krull KR. Long-term neurocognitive functioning and social attainment in adult survivors of pediatric central nervous system tumors: Results from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study. J Clin Oncol 34:1358-67, 2016.

Krull KR, Cheung YT, Liu W, Fellah S, Reddick WE, Brinkman TM, Kimberg C, Ogg RJ, Srivastava DK, Pui CH, Robison LL, Hudson MM. Chemotherapy pharmacodynamics, neuroimaging and neurocognitive outcomes in long-term survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. J Clin Oncol 34(22):2644-53, 2016.

D’Agostino NM, Edelstein K, Zhang N, Recklitis CJ, Brinkman TM, Srivastava DK, Leisenring WM, Robison LL, Armstrong GT, Krull KR. Comorbid symptoms of emotional distress in adult survivors of childhood cancer. Cancer 122(20):3215-3224, 2016.

Brinkman TM, Li C, Vannatta K, Marchak JG, Lai JS, Prasad PK, Kimberg C, Vuotto S, Di C, Srivastava DK, Robison LL, Armstrong GT, Krull KR. Behavioral, social, and emotional symptom comorbidities and profiles in adolescent survivors of childhood cancer: A report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. J Clin Oncol 34(28):3417-25, 2016.

Edelmann MN, Daryani VM, Bishop MW, Liu W, Brinkman TM, Stewart CF, Mulrooney DA, Kimberg C, Ness KK, Cheung YT, Srivastava DK, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Krull KR. Neurocognitive and patient-reported outcomes in adult survivors of childhood Osteosarcoma. JAMA Oncol 2(2):201-8, 2016.

Cheung TY, Sabin ND, Reddick WE, Bhojwani D, Liu W, Brinkman TM, Glass JO, Hwang SN, Srivastava DK, Pui CH, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Krull KR. Leukoencephalopathy and long-term neurobehavioral, neurocognitive and brain imaging outcomes in survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia treated with chemotherapy: A longitudinal analysis. Lancet Haematol 3(10):e456-e466, 2016.

Liptak C, Brinkman T, Bronson A, Delany B, Chordas C, Brand S, Patenaude AF, Muriel A, Manley P. The power of a shared medical experience: A social program for adolescent and young adult survivors of pediatric brain tumors. J Psychosoc Oncol 34(6):493-511, 2016.

Brinkman TM, Bass JK, Li Z, Ness KK, Gajjar A, Pappo AS, Armstrong GT, Merchant TE, Srivastava DK, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Gurney JG. Treatment-induced hearing loss and adult social outcomes in survivors of childhood CNS and non-CNS solid tumors: Results from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study. Cancer 121(22): 4053-61, 2015.

Stallings-Smith S, Krull KR, Brinkman TM, Hudson MM, Ojha RP. Long-term follow-up for incident cirrhosis among pediatric cancer survivors with hepatitis C virus infection. J Clin Virol 71:18-21, 2015.

Vuotto SC, Perez KM, Krull KR, Brinkman TM. A narrative review of the occurrence of posttraumatic stress responses in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. Clin Oncol Adoles Young Adults 5:19-33, 2015.

Malpert AV, Kimberg C, Luxton J, Mullins LL, Pui CH, Hudson MM, Krull KR, Brinkman TM. Emotional distress in parents of long-term survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Psychooncology 24(9):1116-23, 2015.

Kimberg C, Klosky JL, Zhang N, Brinkman TM, Ness KK, Srivastava DK, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Krull KR. Predictors of healthcare utilization in adult survivors of childhood cancer exposed to central nervous system-directed therapy. Cancer 121(5):774-82, 2015.

Hudson MM, Oeffinger KO, Jones KE, Brinkman TM, Krull KR, Mulrooney DA, Mertens A, Castellino SM, Casillas J, Gurney J, Nathan P, Leisenring W, Robison LL, Ness KK. Age-dependent changes in health status in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Cohort. J Clin Oncol 33(5):479-91, 2015.

Luxton J, Brinkman TM, Kimberg C, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Krull KR. Utility of the N-back task in survivors of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. J Clin Exper Neuropsychol 36(9):944-55, 2015.

Strauser DR, Klosky JL, Brinkman TM, Wong AWK, Chan F, Lanctot JQ, Cox CL, Ojha RP, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Ness KK.  Career readiness in adult survivors of childhood cancer:  a report from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study. J Cancer Surviv 9(1):20-9, 2015.

Brinkman TM, Merchant T, Li Z, Brennan R, Wilson M, Hoehn ME, Qaddoumi I, Phipps S, Srivastava DK, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Krull KR. Cognitive function and social attainment in adult survivors of Retinoblastoma: A report from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study. Cancer 121(1):123-31, 2015.

Kenzik KM, Huang IC, Brinkman TM, Baughman B, Ness KK, Shenkman EA, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Krull KR. The Childhood Cancer Survivor Study Neurocognitive Questionnaire (CCSS-NCQ) Revised: Item Response Analysis and Concurrent Validity. Neuropsychology 29(1):31-44, 2015.

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Krull KR, Minoshima S, Edelmann MN, Morris B, Sabin N, Brinkman TM, Armstrong GT, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Shulkin B. Regional brain glucose metabolism and neurocognitive function in adult survivors of childhood cancer treated with cranial radiation. J Nucl Med 55(11):1805-10, 2014.

Offutt-Powell TN, Ojha RP, Brinkman TM, Tota JE, Jackson BE, Singh KP, Smith JS. Inequalities in vaccination coverage for young females whose parents are informal caregivers. Hum Vaccin Immunother 10(8):2454-9, 2014.

Wilson CL, Stratton K, Leisenring WL, Oeffinger KO, Nathan PC, Wasilewski-Masker K, Hudson, MM, Castellino S, Stovall M, Armstrong GA, Brinkman TM, Krull KR, Robison LL, Ness KK. Decline in physical activity level in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study cohort. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 23(8):1619-27, 2014.

Crom DB, Li Z, Brinkman TM, Hudson MM, Armstrong GT, Neglia J, Ness KK. Life satisfaction in adult survivors of childhood brain tumors. J Ped Oncol Nursing 31(6):317-26, 2014.

Oancea SC, Brinkman TM, Ness KK, Krull KR, Smith WA, Srivastava DK, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Gurney JG. Emotional distress among adult survivors of childhood cancer. J Cancer Surviv 8(2):293-303, 2014.

Brinkman TM, Zhang N, Recklitis CJ, Kimberg C, Zeltzer LK, Muriel AC, Stovall M, Srivastava DK, Robison LL, Krull KR. Suicide ideation and associated mortality in adult survivors of childhood cancer. Cancer 120(2):271-7, 2014.

Krull KR, Brinkman TM, Li C, Armstrong GT, Ness KK, Gurney JG, Kimberg C, Srivastava DK, Krasin MJ, Pui CH, Robison LL, Hudson MM. Neurocognitive outcomes greater than 20 years after treatment for childhood leukemia: Results from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study. J Clin Oncol31(35):4407-15, 2013.

Huang IC, Brinkman TM, Kenzik KM, Gurney J, Ness KK, Lanctot J, Shenkman E, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Krull KR. Association between the prevalence of symptoms and health-related quality of life in adult survivors of childhood cancer: A report from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort study. J Clin Oncol 31(33):4242-51, 2013.

Brinkman TM, Zhu L, Zeltzer LK, Recklitis CJ, Kimberg C, Muriel AC, Stovall M, Srivastava DK, Robison LL, Krull KR. Longitudinal patterns of psychological distress in adult survivors of childhood cancer. Br J Cancer 109(5):1373-81, 2013.

Edelmann MN, Ogg RJ, Scoggins MA, Brinkman TM, Sabin ND, Pui CH, Srivastava DK, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Krull KR. Dexamethasone exposure and memory function in adult survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Pediatr Blood Cancer 60(11):1778-84, 2013.

Brinkman TM, Liptak CC, Delaney BL, Chordas CA, Muriel AC, Manley PE. Suicide ideation in pediatric and adult survivors of childhood brain tumors. J Neurooncol 113(3):425-32, 2013.

Brinkman TM, Li Z, Neglia JP, Gajjar A, Klosky JL, Allgood R, Stovall M, Krull KR, Armstrong GT, Ness KK. Restricted access to the environment and quality of life in adult survivors of childhood brain tumors. J Neurooncol 111(2):195-203, 2013.

Brinkman TM, Ullrich NJ, Zhang N, Green DM, Zeltzer LK, Lommel KM, Brouwers P, Srivastava DK, Jain N, Robison LL, Krull KR. Prevalence and predictors of prescription psychoactive medication use in adult survivors of childhood cancer: A report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. J Cancer Surviv 7(1):104-14, 2013.

Brinkman TM, Zhang N, Ullrich NJ, Brouwers P, Green DM, Srivastava DK, Zeltzer LK, Stovall M, Robison LL, Krull KR. Psychoactive medication treatment and neurocognitive function in adult survivors of childhood cancer: A report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Pediatr Blood Cancer 60(3):486-93, 2013.

Brinkman TM, Palmer SL, Chen S, Zhang H, Evankovich K, Swain M, Bonner MJ, Janzen L, Knight S, Armstrong CL, Boyle R, Gajjar A. Parent-reported social outcomes after treatment for pediatric embryonal tumors: A prospective longitudinal study. J Clin Oncol 30(33):4134-40, 2012.

Brinkman TM, Reddick WE, Luxton J, Glass JO, Sabin ND, Srivastava DK, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Krull KR. Cerebral white matter integrity and executive function in adult survivors of childhood medulloblastoma. Neuro Oncol 14:iv25-iv36, 2012.

Last update: July 2017