Jerlym S. Porter, PhD, MPH
Jerlym S. Porter, PhD, MPH

Jerlym S. Porter, PhD, MPH

Assistant Member, St. Jude Faculty



BA – University of Virginia
MS – Virginia Commonwealth University
PhD – Virginia Commonwealth University
MPH – Northwestern University

Research Interests

  • Issues related to the transition process from pediatric care to adult care for patients with sickle cell disease
  • Psychosocial factors impacting health promotion, treatment adherence and disease management

Selected Publications

Porter J, Carroll Y, Anderson S, Lavoie P, Hamilton L, Johnson M, Hankins J. Provider transition readiness assessment for sickle cell patients: A quality improvement project. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management 21:263-269, 2014.

Porter JS, Matthews CS, Carroll YM, Anderson SM, Smeltzer MP, Hankins JS. Genetic information and sickle cell disease: Feasibility and efficacy of a program tailored to adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology 36:572-577, 2014.

Porter JS, Graff JC, Lopez A, Hankins JS. Transition from pediatric to adult care in sickle cell disease: Perspectives on the family role. Journal of Pediatric Nursing 29:158-167, 2014.

Graff JC, Hankins JS, Graves R, Robitaille K, Roberts R, Porter JS. Exploring family communication about sickle cell disease in adolescence. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing 29:323-336, 2012.

Porter JS, Feinglass J, Artz N, Hafner J, Tanabe P. Sickle cell disease patients’ perceptions of pain management in the emergency department. Journal of the National Medical Association 104:449-454, 2012.

Tanabe P, Porter J, Creary M, Kirkwood E, Miller S, Ahmed-Williams E, Hassell K. A qualitative analysis of best self management practices: Sickle cell disease. Journal of the National Medical Association 102:1033-1041, 2010.

Porter JS, Bean MK, Gerke CK, Stern M. Psychosocial factors and perspectives on weight gain and barriers to weight loss among adolescents enrolled in obesity treatment. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings 17:98-102, 2010.

Porter JS, Stern M. Prematurity stereotyping and perceived vulnerability at 5-months: Relations with mothers and their premature and full-term infants at 9-months. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology 27:168-181, 2009.

Stern M, Mazzeo SE, Gerke CK, Porter JS, Bean MK, Laver JH. Gender, ethnicity, psychosocial factors and quality of life among participants in a multidisciplinary program targeting adolescent overweight. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 32:90-94, 2007.

Stern M, Mazzeo SE, Porter J, Gerke C, Bryan D, Laver J. Self-esteem, teasing and quality of life: African American adolescent girls participating in a family-based pediatric overweight intervention.Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings 13:217-228, 2006.

Wilson DB, Porter JS, Parker G, Kilpatrick J. Anthropometric changes using a walking intervention in African American breast cancer survivors: A pilot study. Preventing Chronic Disease 2(2), A16, 2005.

Last update: October 2014