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Andrew Heitzer, PhD
Andrew Heitzer, PhD

Andrew Heitzer, PhD

Instructor, St. Jude Faculty



BS (Psychology) - Drake University, Des Moines, IA
PhD (Clinical Psychology) - Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Pre-doctoral Internship - St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital / University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
Post-doctoral Fellowship Texas Children’s Hospital / Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Research Interests

  • Neurocognitive functioning in sickle cell disease
  • Development of interventions to improve neurocognitive and academic outcomes
  • Neurocognitive factors impacting transition to adult care and treatment adherence

Selected Publications

Heitzer AM, Ris D, Raghubar K, Kahalley LS, Hilliard ME, Gragert M. Facilitating Transitions to Adulthood in Pediatric Brain Tumor Patients: the Role of Neuropsychology. Current Oncology Reports 22(10):1-11, 2020.

Heitzer AM, Piercy JC, Peters BN, Mattes A, Klarr J, Batton B, Ofen N, Raz S. Cumulative antenatal risk and kindergarten readiness in preterm-born preschoolers. Journal of abnormal child psychology Jan;48(1):1-12, 2020. doi:10.1007/s10802-019-00577-8

Heitzer AM, Raghubar KP, Ris DM, Whitehead W, Minard CG, Chintagumpala M, Okcu MF, Gragert M, Stancel HH, Orobio J, Xue J, Kahalley LS. Neuropsychological functioning following surgery for pediatric low-grade glioma: a prospective, longitudinal study. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics Dec 6:1-9, 2019. doi: 10.3171/2019.9.PEDS19357

Raghubar KP, Orobio J, Ris DM, Heitzer AM, Roth A, Brown AL, Okcu MF, Chintagumpala M, Grosshans DR, Paulino AC. Adaptive functioning in pediatric brain tumor survivors: An examination of ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Pediatric blood & cancer e27800, 2019.

Liu AP, Hastings C, Wu S, Bass JK, Heitzer AM, Ashford J, Vestal R, Hoehn ME, Ghazwani Y, Acharya S. Treatment burden and long‐term health deficits of patients with low‐grade gliomas or glioneuronal tumors diagnosed during the first year of life. Cancer 125(7):1163-1175, 2019.

Heitzer AM, Ashford JM, Hastings C, Liu APY, Wu S, Bass JK, Vestal R, Hoehn M, Chiang J, Ghazwani Y, Acharya S, Boop F, Gajjar A, Merchant TE, Qaddoumi I, Conklin HM. Neuropsychological outcomes of patients with low-grade glioma diagnosed during the first year of life. Journal of neuro-oncology 141(2):413-420, 2019.

Heitzer AM, Ashford JM, Harel BT, Schembri A, Swain MA, Wallace J, Ness KK, Wang F, Zhang H, Merchant TE, Robinson GW, Gajjar A, Conklin HM. Computerized assessment of cognitive impairment among children undergoing radiation therapy for medulloblastoma. Journal of neuro-oncology 141(2):403-411, 2019.

Last update: September 2020