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Valerie Crabtree, PhD
Valerie Crabtree, PhD

Valerie Crabtree, PhD

Member, St. Jude Faculty

  • Chief, Psychosocial Services



PhD – University of Southern Mississippi (2001)
– University of Southern Mississippi (1997)
 – Trinity University (1995)

Research Interests

  • Sleep disruption and fatigue in children and youth with cancer

Clinical Interests

  • Non-pharmacological management of narcolepsy and hypersomnia related to a medical condition
  • Sleep needs in children with chronic medical conditions
  • Nonpharmacologic symptom management
  • Adjustment of children to chronic medical conditions

Selected Publications

Jurbergs N, Elliott DA, Browne E, Sirrine E, Brasher S, Leigh L, Powell B, Crabtree VM. How I approach: Defining the scope of psychosocial care across disciplines in pediatric hematology-oncology. Pediatric Blood and Cancer 2022;69:e29809.

LaRosa KN, MacArthur E, Wang F, Zhang H, Pan H, Brigden J, Pappo A, Wilson MW, Crabtree VM. Light therapy for QOL/depression in AYA with cancer: A randomized trial. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 2022;47:306-317. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsab098.

Klages KL, Berlin KS, Cook J, Merchant TE, Wise M, Mandrell BN, Conklin H, Crabtree VM. Health-Related Quality of Life, Obesity, Fragmented Sleep, Fatigue, and Psychosocial Problems Among Youth with Craniopharyngioma. Psycho-Oncology 2022;31:779-787. doi: 10.1002/pon.5862.

LaRosa KN, Jurbergs N, Crabtree VM, Harman J. Behavioral sleep intervention to reduce bedsharing prior to stem cell transplant. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine 2021;17:333-335. doi: 10.5664/jcsm.8916.

Daniel LC, van Litsenburg RRL, Rogers VE, Zhou ES, Ellis SJ, Wakefield CE, Stremler R, Walter L, Crabtree VM. A call to action for expanded sleep research in pediatric oncology: A position paper on behalf of the International Psycho-Oncology Society Pediatrics Special Interest Group. Psycho-Oncology 29:465-474, 2020. doi: 10.1002/pon.5242.

Mandrell BN, LaRosa K, Hancock D, Caples M, Sykes A, Lu Z, Wise MS, Khan RB, Merchant TE, Crabtree VM. Predictors of narcolepsy and hypersomnia due to medical disorder in pediatric craniopharyngioma. Journal of Neuro-Oncology 148: 307-316, 2020. 10.1007/ s11060-020-03519-3.

Crabtree VM, LaRosa KN, MacArthur E, Russell K, Wang F, Zhang H, Pan H, Brigden J, Schwartz LE, Wilson M, Pappo A.  Feasibility and acceptability of light therapy to reduce fatigue in adolescents and young adults receiving cancer-directed therapy. Behavioral Sleep Medicine 2020.

Crabtree VM, Klages KL, Sykes A, Wise MS, Lu Z, Indelicato D, Merchant TE, Avent Y, Mandrell BN. Sensitivity and specificity of the Modified Epworth Sleepiness Scale in children with craniopharyngioma. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine 15:1487-1493, 2019. doi: 10.5664/jcsm.7982.

Niel K, LaRosa KN, Klages KL, Merchant TE, Wise MS, Witcraft SM, Hancock D, Caples M, Mandrell BN, Crabtree VM. Actigraphy versus polysomnography to measure sleep in youth treated for craniopharyngioma. Behavioral Sleep Medicine 14:1-9, 2019. 15402002.2019.1635133.

Mandrell BN, Avent Y, Walker B, Loew M, Tynes BL, Crabtree VM. In-Home Salivary Melatonin Collection: Methodology for Children and Adolescents. Developmental Psychobiology 60: 118-122, 2018. doi: 10.1002/dev.21584.

Rach AM, Crabtree VM, Brinkman TM, Zeltzer L, Marchak JG, Srivastava D, 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. Journal of Cancer Survivorship 11:256-263, 2017. doi:10.1007/s11764-016-0583-y.

Crabtree VM, Wise MS. Sleep disorders during and after cancer in children. In UpToDate 2017.

Zhou ES, Vrooman LM, Manley PE, Crabtree VM, Recklitis, CJ. Adapted delivery of cognitive-behavioral treatment for insomnia in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors: a pilot study. Behavioral Sleep Medicine 2016 DOI: 10.1080/15402002.2015.1126597.

Jacola LM, Conklin HC, Scoggins M, Ashford JA, Merchant TE, Mandrell BN, Ogg RJ, Curtis E, Wise MS, Indelicato DJ, Crabtree VM. Investigating the role of hypothalamic tumor involvement in sleep and neurocognitive outcomes among children treated for craniopharyngioma. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 41: 610-622, 2016.  doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsw026 

Graef, DM, Phipps S, Parris KR, Martin-Elbahesh K, Huang L, Zhang H, Crabtree VM. Sleepiness, Fatigue, Behavioral Functioning, and Quality of Life in Survivors of Childhood Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 1-10, 2016. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsw011.

Brimeyer C, Adams L, Zhu L, Srivastava DK, Wise M, Hudson MM, Crabtree VM. Sleep complaints in survivors of pediatric brain tumors. Supportive Care in Cancer 24:23-31, 2016.

Meltzer LJ, Crabtree VM. Pediatric Sleep Problems: A Clinician’s Guide to Behavior Interventions. American Psychological Association Press, 2015.

Willard VW, Parris K, Jurbergs N, Crabtree VM, Ehrentraut JH. Brief group therapy for chronic pain in adolescents. Pediatric Pain Letter 17:40-46, 2015.

Crabtree VM, Rach AM, Schellinger KB, Russell KM, Hammarback T, Mandrell BN. Changes in sleep and fatigue in newly treated pediatric oncology patients. Supportive Care in Cancer 23:393-401, 2015.

Last update: December 2022