MPST3: Online Problem Solving Skills Training

Online Implementation of Problem-Solving Skills Training for Parents of Newly Diagnosed Childhood Cancer Patients



Eligibility Overview:

This is a non-therapeutic clinical trial that is only open to St. Jude patients.

  • Please see the eligibility section on the clinical trial for full inclusion and exclusion criteria.


This study compares the effectiveness of two active interventions: face-to-face problem- solving skills training (PSST), which is the standard, and on-line PSST (e-PSST). All procedures are for research purposes only. Participants are a parent of a newly diagnosed patient. The participant has a one-hour baseline assessment. After the base line assessment, the participant is selected by chance, like flipping a coin to receive problem-solving skills training (PSST) either A) face to face, in person with a research assistant, or B) on-line using a simple computer program. PSST focuses on solving problems that confront parents of children with cancer.


  • To develop, test, and evaluate a computerized online version of PSST. (Problem-Solving Skills Training) compared to face-to-face PSST.


Inclusion Criteria

Research participant is the parent of a child diagnosed with any form of cancer, within 4-16 weeks from diagnosis.

  • Research participant is able to speak and read English.
  • Research participant’s child is not in a severe medical crisis.

Exclusion Criteria

  • Research participant is not able to speak and read English.
  • Research participant’s child in in a severe medical crisis.

Principal Investigator

Sean Phipps, PhD

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105  USA
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