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Kendra Parris, PhD
Kendra Parris, PhD

Kendra Parris, PhD

Associate Member, St. Jude Faculty



Postdoctoral Training - St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee
PhD - 
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
APA Accredited Internship - Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
BA - 
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

Research Interests

  • Psychosocial Functioning of Children and Adolescents Undergoing Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Coping and Adjustment of Parents and Caregivers
  • Training in Pediatric Psychology

Selected Publications

Morse M, Parris KR, Qaddoumi I, Phipps S, Brennan RC, Wilson MW, Rodriquez-Galindo C, Goode K, Willard VW. Psychosocial outcomes and quality of life among school-age survivors of retinoblastoma. Pediatric Blood & Cancer. E29983, 2022. doi:10.1002/pbc.29983

Hasler HM, Murray A, Canavera KE, Parris KR, Nicols KE, Jacola LM. Case series: Neurobehavioral profile of adolescents with PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome. Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology. 2022. doi:10.1007/s40817-022-00124-2

Aguilera V, Schaefer MR, Parris KR, Long A, Triplett B, Phipps S. Psychosocial outcomes of parents in pediatric haploidentical transplant: Parental hematopoietic cell donation as a double-edged sword. Bone Marrow Transplant, 57: 377-383, 2022. doi:10.1038/s41409-021-01547-9

Willard VW, Qaddoumi I, Pan H, Hsu C, Brennan R, Wilson M, Rodriguez-Galindo C, Goode K, Parris KR, Phipps S. Cognitive and adaptive functioning in youth with retinoblastoma: A longitudinal investigation through 10 years of age. Journal of Clinical Oncology 39(24): 2676-2684. doi: 10.1200/JCO.20.03422.

Schaefer MR, Aguilera V, Parris KR, Long A, Triplett B, Phipps S. “Giving the gift of life twice”: Understanding the lived experiences of parent donor and non-donors in pediatric haploidentical hematopoietic cell transplantation. Pediatric Blood & Cancer. 2021 doi:10.1002/pbc.29480. Epub ahead of print.

Elliott DA, Corneau-Dia DE, Turner E, Barnett B, Parris KR. Caregiver mental health in pediatric oncology: A three-tiered model of supports. Psychooncology Oct 3, 2020. doi: 10.1002/pon.5567. Epub ahead of print.

Parris KR, Russell KM, Triplett BM, Phipps S. Neurocognitive functioning in long-term survivors of pediatric hematopoietic cell transplantation. Bone Marrow Transplant Nov 14, 2020. doi: 10.1038/s41409-020-01125-5. Epub ahead of print.  

Parris KR, Harman JL, Jurbergs N, Allen JM, Canavera, KE. Beyond clinical practice in pediatric psychology: Illustrative experiences in influencing practice changes, public opinion, and governmental relations. Psychological Services Advance online publication, 2019. doi: 10.1037/ser0000385

Canavera KC, Parris KR. Informed consent in a pragmatic emergency suicide trial: Rejecting the research-practice distinction. The American Journal of Bioethics 19: 103-105, 2019. doi: 10.1080/15265161.2019.1654014

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.

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

Tannenbaum KR, Counts CA, Jakobsons LJ,Repper KA. The assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric disorders in children and families from diverse backgrounds. In J.D. Buckner., Y. Castro, J.M. Holm-Denoma, & T.E. Joiner, (Eds.), Mental health care for people of diverse backgrounds. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing. 2007.

Tannenbaum KR, Torgesen JK, Wagner RK. Relationships between word knowledge and reading comprehension in third-grade children. Scientific Studies of Reading 10:381-398, 2006.

Wagner RK, Muse A, Tannenbaum KR. Promising avenues for better understanding implications of vocabulary development for reading comprehension. In Wagner, R.K., Muse, A., & Tannenbaum, K.R. (Eds.), Vocabulary acquisition: Implications for reading comprehension. New York: Guilford Press. 2006.

Lima EN, Stanley S, Kaboski B, Reitzel LR, RicheyJA, Castro Y, Williams FM, Tannenbaum KR, Stellrecht NE, Jakobsons LJ, Wingate LR. Joiner TE. The incremental validity of the MMPI-2: When does therapist access not enhance treatment outcome? Psychological Assessment 17:462-468, 2005.

Last update: December 2022