Kristin E. Canavera, PhD
Kristin E. Canavera, PhD

Kristin E. Canavera, PhD

Assistant Member, St. Jude Faculty



Postdoctoral Fellowship – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
APA Accredited Internship -
 Mailman Center for Child Development, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL 
PhD - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
MS - Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
BS - Furman University, Greenville, SC

Clinical Interests

  • Clinical Bioethics
  • Anxiety, fears, and internalizing behaviors
  • Pediatric delirium

Research Interests

  • Quality of life and hope in pediatric oncology
  • Anxiety and internalizing behaviors

Selected Publications

Canavera KE, Allen J, Johnson LM. The need for improved access to mental health services for youth with medically unexplained symptoms. Am J Bioeth 18(5):29-31, 2018. 

Ollendick TH, Greene RW, Fraire MG, Austin KE, Halldorsdottir T, Allen K, Jarrett MA, Lewis KM, Whitmore MJ, Cunningham NR, Noguchi RJ, Canavera KE, Wolff JC. Parent management training (PMT) and collaborative and proactive solutions (CPS): A randomized control trial for oppositional youth. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology 45(5):591-604, 2016.

Ollendick TH, Halldorsdottir T, Fraire MG, Austin KE, Noguchi RJ, Lewis KM, Jarrett MA, Cunningham NR, Canavera KE, Allen KB, Whitmore MJ. Specific phobias in youth: a randomized controlled trial comparing one-session treatment to a parent-augmented one-session treatment. Behavior Therapy 46(2):141-55, 2015.

Klosky JL, Simmons JL, Russell KM, Foster RH, Sabbatini GM, Canavera KE, Hodges JR, Schover LR, McDermott MJ. Fertility as a priority among at-risk adolescent males newly diagnosed with cancer and their parents. Supportive Cancer Care 23(2):333-41, 2015.

Klosky JL, Russell KM, Canavera KE, Gammel HL, Hodges JR, Foster RH, Parra GR, Simmons JL, Green DM, Hudson MM. Risk Factors for Non-Initiation of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine among Adolescent Survivors of Childhood Cancer. Cancer Prevention Research 6(10):101-10, 2013.

Canavera KE, Ollendick TH, May JT, Pincus DB. Clinical correlates of comorbid obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression in youth. Child Psychiatry and Human Development  41(6):583-594, 2010.

Canavera KE, Wilkins KC, Pincus DB, Ehrenreich JT. Parent-child agreement in the assessment of obsessive-compulsive disorder in youth. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology 38(6):909-915, 2009.

Canavera KE, Suarez L, Wilkins K, Pincus D, Ehrenreich J. Obsessive-compulsive disorder and trauma: Thematic overlap and treatment implications. Depression and Anxiety 24(4):278-279, 2007.

Evans DW, Canavera K, Kleinpeter LF, Maccubbin E, Taga K. The fears, phobias, and anxieties of children with autism spectrum disorders and Down syndrome: Comparisons with developmentally and chronologically age matched children. Child Psychiatry and Human Development 36(1):3-26, 2005.

Last update: August 2018

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