Victoria W. Willard, PhD
Victoria W. Willard, PhD

Victoria W. Willard, PhD

Research Associate, St. Jude Faculty

Departments

Education

PhD – Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
MA 
– Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
BA
 – Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri

Research Interests

  • Social outcomes in children with cancer
  • Impact of medical, demographic, and psychological factors on social dysfunction and/or resilience
  • Interaction between neurocognitive and social functioning
  • Development of evidence-based interventions to target social dysfunction in children with cancer
  • Impact of diagnosis during early childhood on social-emotional development

Selected Publications

Willard VW, Hardy KK, Allen TM, Bonner MJ. Social functioning in survivors of pediatric brain tumors: Contribution of neurocognitive and social-cognitive skills. Child Health Care 2015 (in press).

Howard Sharp KM, Willard VW, Okado Y, Barnes S, Tillery R, Long A, Phipps S. Profiles of connectedness: Processes of resilience and growth in children with cancer. J Pediatr Psychol 40: 904-913, 2015.

Phipps S, Long A, Willard VW, Okado Y, Hudson M, Huang Q, Zhang H, Noll R. Parents of children with cancer: At risk or resilient? J Pediatr Psychol 40: 914-925, 2015.

Willard VW, Conklin HM, Wu S, Merchant TE. Prospective longitudinal evaluation of emotional and behavioral functioning in pediatric patients with low-grade glioma treated with conformal radiation therapy. J Neurooncol 122: 161-168, 2015.

Willard VW, Leung W, Huang Q, Zhang H, Phipps S. Cognitive outcome following pediatric stem cell transplantation: The impact of age and total body irradiation. J Clin Oncol 32: 3982-3988, 2014.

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 Oncol 32: 2788-2793, 2014.

Willard VW, Conklin HM, Boop FA, Wu S, Merchant TE. Emotional and behavioral functioning after conformal radiation therapy for pediatric ependymoma. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 88: 814-821, 2014.

Hardy KK, Willard VW, Allen TM, Bonner MJ.  Computerized working memory training in survivors of pediatric cancer: A randomized pilot study. Psychooncology 22:1856-1865, 2013.

Moyer KH, Willard VW, Gross AM, Netson KL, Ashford JM, Kahalley LS, Wu S, Xiong X, Conklin HM.  The impact of attention on social functioning in survivors of acute lymphoblastic leukemia and brain tumors. Pediatr Blood Cancer 59:1290-1295, 2012.

Hardy KK, Willard VW, Bonner MJ. Computerized cognitive training in survivors of childhood cancer: A pilot study. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs 28:27-33, 2011.

Hardy KK, Willard VW, Watral MA, Bonner MJ. Perceived social competency in children with brain tumors: Comparison between children on and off therapy. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs 27:156-163, 2010.

Willard VW, Hardy KK, Bonner MJ. Gender differences in facial expression recognition in survivors of pediatric brain tumors. Psychooncology 18:893-897, 2009.

Bonner MJ, Hardy KK, Willard VW, Anthony KK, Hood M, Gururangan S. Social functioning and facial expression recognition in survivors of pediatric brain tumors. J Pediatr Psychol 33:1153-1162, 2008.

Last update: October 2015

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