Sean Phipps, PhD
Sean Phipps, PhD

Sean Phipps, PhD

Member, St. Jude Faculty

  • Chair, Psychology Department
  • St. Jude Endowed Chair in Behavioral Medicine




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

Tillery R, Howard Sharp K, Okado Y, Long A, Phipps S.  Profiles of resilience and growth in youth with cancer and healthy comparisons. J Ped Psychol 2015 (Epub ahead of print). 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 2015 (in press).

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

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 Oncol Sep 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: October 2015