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Psychosocial Experts and Patient Experience Experts and Information for Media

The experience of patients and their families during and after treatment is an integral component of health care quality. Understanding patient experience is a priority at St. Jude. Optimizing the quality of life has become more important as treatment advances have dramatically improved survival of many childhood cancers.

Our patient care and psychosocial experts offer credible information, expert opinion and thoughtful commentary on trends and today’s news in patient experience.

The following patient experience experts are available to speak to journalists on a range of topics related to psychosocial research and patient-centered care.

To schedule interviews or speak with one of our experts, email or contact one of our media relations staff.

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Psychosocial and Patient Experience Experts

  • Valerie Crabtree, PhD

    Valerie Crabtree, PhD, associate faculty in the Psychology department, is chief of Psychosocial Services at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Her research focuses on sleep disturbances in pediatric oncology patients. Crabtree can provide information associated with her clinical work, which addresses sleep complaints, as well as psychological adaptation to cancer and treatment. In 2015, Crabtree and her co-author, Lisa Meltzer, PhD, published a book, Pediatric Sleep Problems: A Clinician’s Guide to Behavioral Interventions. In 2018, she spoke on teen sleep at TedX Memphis.

  • Janice English, RN

    Janice English, RN


    Janice English, a registered nurse, is director of the St. Jude Patient and Family Experience Office. This department seeks to set the standard for pediatric care delivery in a comfortable and supportive environment. English can provide information associated with efforts to enhance patient and family interactions with St. Jude, from the moment of their first contact with the hospital until their last visit. Recently, she has also overseen the design and construction of the new Family Commons at St. Jude, a place of respite for families and their children.

  • Sean Phipps, PhD

    Sean Phipps, PhD, chairs the Psychology department at St. Jude. His research focuses on psychological effects of bone marrow transplantation, the coping and adaptive styles of children facing serious illness and personality factors in health and illness. He heads multiple clinical trials, including one to identify factors for increasing sperm banking among adolescent males newly diagnosed with cancer, and one looking at the psychological impact of bone marrow donation on parents.