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Sean Phipps, PhD
Sean Phipps, PhD


PhD - Case Western Reserve University

Research Interests

  • Psychological effects of bone marrow transplantation
  • Coping and adaptive styles in children facing serious illness
  • Personality factors in health and illness

Selected Publications

Pai ALH, Chardon ML, Mara CA, Basile NL, Schwartz LA, Phipps S. Parental efficacy and control questionnaire in hematopoietic stem cell transplant: Preliminary validation.  J Pediatr Psychol 45:454-462, 2020.

Willard VW, Tillery R, Gordon ML, Long A, Phipps S.  Profiles of perceived social functioning in adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancer.  Psychooncology 29:1288-1295, 2020.  PMID: 32419288.  DOI: 10.1002/pon.5417.

Tillery R, Willard VW, Sharp KM, Klages KL, Long AM, Phipps S. Impact of the parent-child relationship and social resilience in pediatric cancer patients. Psychooncology 29(2):339-346, 2020. PMID: 31661716. DOI: 10/1002/pon.5258.

Schepers SA, Russell K, Berlin KS Zhang H, Wang F, Phipps S. Daily mood profiles and psychosocial adjustment in youth with newly diagnosed cancer and healthy peers. Health Psychol 39(1):1-9, 2020. PMID: 31682149. DOI: 10.1037/hea0000810.

Phipps S, Fairclough DL, Noll RB, Devine KA, Dolgin MJ, Schepers SA, Askins MA, Schneider NM, Inman K, Voll M, Katz ER, Mclaughlin J, Sahler OJZ. In-person vs. web-based administration of a problem-solving skills intervention for parents of children with cancer: Report of a randomized noninferiority trial. EClinicalMedince 24:100428, 2020. PMID: 32637901. DOI: 10.1016/j.eclinm.2020.100428.

Tillery R, Willard VW, Long A, Phipps S.  Posttraumatic stress in young children with cancer: Risk factors and comparison with healthy peers. Pediatr Blood Cancer 66(8): e27775, 2019. PMID: 310338281. DOI: 10.1002/pbc.27775.

Harper FWK, Albrecht TL, Trentacosta CJ, Taub JW, Phipps S, Penner LA.  Understanding differences in the long-term psychosocial adjustment of pediatric cancer patients and their parents: an individual differences resource model.  Transl Behav Med 9(3):514-522, 2019. PMID: 31094435. DOI: 10.1093/tbm/ibz025.

Willard VW, Russell KM, Long A, Phipps S. The impact of connectedness on social functioning in youth with brain tumors. Pediatr Blood Cancer Jan 6:e27607, 2019. PMID: 30614197. DOI: 10.1002/pbc.27607.

Schepers SA, Okado Y, Russell K, Long AM, Phipps S. Adjustment in Childhood Cancer Survivors, Healthy Peers, and Their Parents: The Mediating Role of the Parent-Child Relationship. J Pediatr Psychol Mar 1;44(2):186-196, 2019. PMCID: PMC6365093. DOI:10.1093/jpepsy/jsy069.

Schepers SA, Long AM, Russell K, Phipps S. Youth and parent perceptions of parenting in childhood cancer survivors and healthy peers. Support Care Cancer Dec;26(12):4143-4149, 2018. PMCID: PMC6204097. DOI: 10.1007/s00520-018-4285-z.

Allen J, Willard VW, Klosky JL, Li C, Srivastava DK, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Phipps S. Posttraumatic stress-related psychological functioning in adult survivors of childhood cancer.  J Cancer Surviv Apr;12(2):216-223, 2018. PMC5886797  DOI: 10.1007/s11764-017-0660-x.

Okado Y, Rowley C, Schepers SA, Long AM, Phipps S. Profiles of Adjustment in Pediatric Cancer Survivors and Their Prediction by Earlier Psychosocial Factors. J Pediatr Psychol Oct 1;43(9):1047-1058, 2018. PMCID: PMC6147750. DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsy037.

Howard Sharp KM, Lindwall JJ, Willard VW, Long AM, Martin-Elbahesh KM, Phipps S.  Cancer as a stressful life event: Perceptions of children with cancer and their peers.  Cancer May 4, 2017. doi: 1002,cncr.30741

Ullrich CK, Rodday AM, Bingen KM, Kupst MJ, Patel SK, Syrjala KL, Harris LL, Recklitis CJ, Chang G, Guinan EC, Terrin N, Tighiouart H, Phipps S, Parsons SK. Three sides to a story: Child, parent, and nurse perspectives on the child's experience during hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Cancer Apr 7, 2017. doi: 10.1002/cncr.30723

Willard VW, Qaddoumi I, Zhang H, Huang L, Russell KM, Brennan R, Wilson MW, Rodriguez-Galindo C, Phipps S. A longitudinal investigation of parenting stress in caregivers of children with retinoblastoma. Pediatr Blood Cancer Apr;64(4), 2017. DOI: 10.1002/pbc.26279. Epub 2016 Nov 3.

Tillery R, Cohen R, Berlin KS, Long A, Phipps S. Youth's Adjustment to Cancer: Examination of Patterns of Adjustment and the Role of Peer Relations. J Pediatr Psychol Mar 22, 2017. DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsx067.

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 Jan 18, 2017. DOI: 10.1002/cncr.30514

Howard Sharp KM, Willard VW, Barnes S, Tillery R, Long A, Phipps S. Emotion socialization in the context of childhood cancer: perceptions of parental support promotes posttraumatic growth. J Pediatr Psychol Jan 1;42(1):95-103, 2017. DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsw062

Gardner MH, Mrug S, Schwebel DC, Phipps S, Whelan K, Madan-Swain A. Benefit finding and quality of life in caregivers of childhood cancer survivors: The moderating roles of demographic and psychosocial factors. Cancer Nurs 2016. PMID: 27472189. PMCID: PMC5274609 [Available on 2018-01-28] DOI: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000419

Trentacosta CJ, Harper FW, Albrecht TL, Taub JW, Phipps S, Penner LA. Pediatric Cancer Patients' Treatment-Related Distress and Longer-Term Anxiety: An Individual Differences Perspective. J Dev Behav Pediatr Nov/Dec;37(9):753-761, 2016. PMCID: PMC5094366. DOI:10.1097/DBP.0000000000000327

Harper FW, Peterson AM, Albrecht TL, Taub JW, Phipps S, Penner LA. Satisfaction with support versus size of network: differential effects of social support on psychological distress in parents of pediatric cancer patients. Psychooncology 25(5):551-558, 2016. PMCID: PMC4939083. Doi: 10.1002/pon.3863. PMID:27092714

Navid F, Herzog CE, Sandoval J, Daryani VM, Stewart CF, Gattuso J, Mandrell B, Phipps S, Chematilly W, Sykes A, Davidoff AM, Shulkin BL, Bahrami A, Furman WL, Mao S, Wu J, Schiff D, Rao B, Pappo A.  Feasibility of pegylated interferon in children and young adults with resected high-risk melanoma. Pediatr Blood Cancer 63:1207-1213, 2016. PMCID: PMC4877209. DOI:10.1002/pbc.25983

Graef DM, Phipps S, Parris KR, Martin-Elbash K, Huang L, Zhang H, Crabtree VM.  Sleepiness, fatigue, behavioral functioning and quality of life in survivors of childhood hematopoietic stem cell transplant. J Ped Psychol Jul;41(6):600-9, 2016. Epub 2016 Mar 16. PMID: 26985065. DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsw011

Annett RD, Patel SK, Phipps S.  Monitoring and assessment of neuropsychological outcomes as a standard of care in pediatric oncology. Ped Blood & Cancer 62:Suppl 5:S460, 2015. DOI:10.1002/pbc.25749; PMID 26700917

Gardner MH, Mrug S, Schwebel DC, Phipps S, Whelan K, Madan-Swain A. Demographic, medical, and psychosocial predictors of benefit finding among caregivers of childhood cancer survivors. Psychooncology Jan;26(1):125-132, 2015. Epub 2015 Oct 22. PMCID: PMC4959962. DOI: 10.1002/pon.4014.

Okado Y, Tillery R, Howard Sharp KM, Long AM, Phipps S. Effects of Time since Diagnosis on the Association between Parent and Child Distress in Families with Pediatric Cancer. Child Health Care 45(3):303-322, 2016. Epub 2015 Mar 12. PMCID: PMC5019566. DOI:10.1080/02739615.2014.996883

Okado Y, Howard Sharp KM, Tillery R, Long AM, Phipps S. Profiles of Dispositional Expectancies and Affectivity Predict Later Psychosocial Functioning in Children and Adolescents With Cancer. J Pediatr Psychol Apr;41(3):298-308, 2016. DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsv096. PMCID: PMC5013836

Tillery R, Howard Sharp KM, Okado Y, Long A, Phipps S.  Profiles of resilience and growth in youth with cancer and healthy comparisons. J Ped Psychol  Apr;41(3):290-7, 2016. DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsv091

Penner L, Harper F, Guevarra D, Phipps S, Taub J, Albrecht T, Koss E. Self-distancing buffers high trait-anxious pediatric cancer caregivers against short- and longer-term Distress. Clinical Psychological Science Jul;4(4):629-640, 2016. PMID: 27617183

Phipps S, Long A, Willard VW, Okado Y, Hudson M, Huang Q, Zhang H, Noll RB. Parents of children with cancer: At-risk or resilient? Journal of Pediatric Psychology 40(9): 914-925, 2015. PMCID:PMC4580762 DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsv047

Brinkman TM, Merchant TE, Li Z, Brennan R, Wilson M, Hoehn ME, Qaddoumi I, Phipps S, Srivastava D, 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 Jan 1;121(1):123-31, 2015. DOI: 10.1002/cncr.28924. PMCID: PMC4270856

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Willard VW, Long A, Phipps S. Life stress versus traumatic stress: the impact of life events on psychological functioning in children with and without serious illness. Psychol Trauma: Theor Res Pract Policy 2015 (Epub ahead of print). DOI: 10.1037/tra0000017]

Howard Sharp KM, Willard VW, Okado Y, Tillery R, Barnes S, Long, A, Phipps S. Profiles of connectedness: Processes of resilience and growth in children with cancer. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 40(9):904-913, 2015. PMCID:PMC4580758  DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsv036

Willard VW, Qaddoumi I, Chen S, Zhang H, Brennan R, Rodriguez-Galindo C, Wilson MW, Phipps S. Developmental and adaptive functioning in children with retinoblastoma: a longitudinal investigation. J Clin OncolSep 1;32(25):2788-93, 2014. DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2013.53.1996

Okado Y, Long AM, Phipps S. Association between parent and child distress and the moderating effects of life events in families with and without a history of pediatric cancer. J Pediatr Psychol Oct;39(9):1049-60, 2014. PMCID:PMC4166701  DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsu058

Willard VW, Leung W, Huang Q, Zhang H, Phipps S. Cognitive outcome after pediatric stem-cell transplantation: impact of age and total-body irradiation. J Clin Oncol Dec 10;32(35):3982-8, 2014. DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2014.56.2223. PMCID:PMC4251961

Phipps S, Klosky JL, Long A, Hudson MM, Huang Q, Zhang H, Noll RB. Posttraumatic stress and psychological growth in children with cancer: has the traumatic impact of cancer been overestimated? J Clin Oncol 32:641-646, 2014. PMCID:PMC3927732 DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2013.49.8212

Klosky JL, Krull KR, Kawashima T, Leisenring W, Randolph ME, Zebrack B, Stuber ML, Robison LL, Phipps S. Relations between posttraumatic stress and posttraumatic growth in long-term survivors of child cancer: a report from the childhood cancer survivor study. Health Psychol Aug;33(8):878-82, 2014. DOI: 10.1037/hea0000076. Epub 2014 May 5. PMCID: PMC4158696

Howard Sharp KM, Rowe AE, Russell K, Long A, Phipps S. Predictors of psychological functioning in children with cancer: disposition and cumulative life stressors. Psychooncology 24(7):779-786, 2015. PMCID: PMC4507409. DOI: 10.1002/pon.3643

Clawson AH, Jurbergs N, Lindwall J, Phipps S.Concordance of parent proxy report and child self-report of posttraumatic stress in children with cancer and healthy children: influence of parental posttraumatic stress. Psychooncology 22:2593-2600, 2013. PMID: 23723147 DOI: 10.1002/pon3321 PMCID:PMC3808492

Lindwall JJ, Russell K, Huang Q, Zhang H, Vannatta K, Barrera M, Alderfer M, Phipps S. Adjustment in parents of children undergoing stem cell transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 20:543-548, 2014. 24434783.  PMCID:PMC3963285

Harper FW, Goodlett BD, Trentacosta CJ, Albrecht TL, Taub JW, Phipps S, Penner LA. Temperament, personality, and quality of life in pediatric cancer patients. J Ped Psychol 39:459-468, 2014. PMCID:PMC3994318 DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jst141

Sahler, OJZ, Dolgin MJ, Phipps S, Fairclough DL, et al. Specificity of problem-solving skills training in mothers of children newly diagnosed with cancer: results of a multi-site randomized clinical trial. J Clin Oncol 31:1329-1335, 2013. DOI: 10.1299/JCO.2011.39.1870. PMCID: PMC3607672

Devine KA, Heckler CE, Katz ER, Fairclough DL, Phipps S, et al. Evaluation of the psychometric properties of the pediatric parenting stress inventory. Health Psychology 33:130-138, 2014. PMCID:PMC4055079 DOI: 10.1037/a0032306]  

Harper FWK, Peterson A, Uphold H, Albrecht TL Taub JW, Orom H, Phipps S, Penner LA. Longitudinal study of parent caregiving self-efficacy and parent stress reactions with pediatric cancer treatment procedures. Psychooncology 22:1658-1664, 2013. DOI 10.1002/pon.3199  PMCID:PMC3788576

Fedele DA, Hullmann SE, Chaffin M, Kenner C, Fisher MJ, Kirk K, Eddington AR, Phipps S, McNall-Knapp RY, Mullins LL. Impact of a parent-based interdisciplinary intervention for mothers on adjustment in children with newly diagnosed cancer. J Ped Psychol 38:531-540, 2013. DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jst010 PMCID:PMC3666119

Phipps S, Peasant C, Barrera M, Alderfer MA, Huang Q, Vannatta K. Resilience in children undergoing stem cell transplantation: results of a complementary intervention trial. Pediatrics 129:3762-e770, 2012. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2011-1816

Mullins LL, Fedele DA, Chaffin M, Hullmann SE, Kenner C, Eddington AR, Phipps S, McNall-Knapp RY. A clinic-based interdisciplinary intervention for mothers of children newly diagnosed with cancer: a pilot study. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 37(10);1104-1115, 2012. DOI 10.1093/jepepsy/jss093

Zebrack BJ, Stuber ML. Meeske KA, Phipps S, Krull KR, Liu Q, Yasui Y, Parry C, Hamilton R, Robison LL, Zeltzer, LK. Perceived positive impact of cancer among long-term survivors of childhood cancer: a report from the cancer survivor study.  Psychooncology 21:630-639, 2012. PMID 21425388

Phipps S. Positive psychology and war: an oxymoron. Am Psychol 66:641-642, 2011. DOI: 10.1037/a0024933; PMID 21967207

Parsons SK, Phipps S, Sung L,  Baker KS, Pulsipher MA, Ness KK. NCI, NHLBI/PBMTC First International Conference on Late Effects after Pediatric Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation: Health-related quality of life, functional and neurocognitive outcomes. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 18:162-171, 2012. DOI: 10/1016/j.bbmt.2011.12.501; PMID 22155139.

Last update: December 2020