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Leslie L. Robison, PhD
Leslie L. Robison, PhD

Leslie L. Robison, PhD

Member, St. Jude Faculty

  • Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Control
  • Associate Director, Population Sciences, Comprehensive Cancer Center

Departments

Education

BS – University of California, Los Angeles, California (1976)
MPH – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1979)
PhD – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1982)

Research Interests

  • Cancer survivorship
  • Outcomes research
  • Clinical trials in cancer prevention and control
  • Epidemiology and etiology of childhood cancer

Current Research

  • Childhood Cancer Survivor Study
  • St. Jude Lifetime Cohort
  • St. Jude Consortium for Pediatric Intervention Research

Selected Publications

Foster RH, Hayashi RJ, Wang M, Liu W, Mohrmann C, Howell RM, Smith SA, Gibson TM, Srivastava D, Green DM, Oeffinger KC, Leisenring WM, Robison LL, Armstrong GT, Krull KR, Hardy KK. Psychological, educational and social late effects in adolescent survivors of Wilms tumor: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Psychooncology 30(3):349-60, 2021.

Chou JF, Ford JS, Kleinerman RA, Abramson DH, Francis JH, Sklar CA, Oeffinger KC, Robison LL, Dunkel IJ, Friedman DN. General cancer screening practices among adult survivors of retinoblastoma: results from the Retinoblastoma Survivor Study. Pediatr Blood Cancer 68(4):e28873, 2021.

Richard MA, Brown AL, Belmont JW, Scheurer ME, Arroyo VM, Foster KL, Kern KD, Hudson MM, Leisenring WM, Okcu MF, Sapkota Y, Yasui Y, Morton LM, Chanock SJ, Robison LL, Armstrong GT, Bhatia S, Oeffinger KC, Lupo PJ, Kamdar KY. Genetic variation in the body mass index of adulty survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study and the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort. Cancer 127(2):310-8, 2021.

Bhatt NS, Baassiri MJ, Liu W, Bhakta N, Chemaitilly W, Ehrhardt MJ, Inaba H, Krull K, Ness KK, Rubnitz JE, Srivastava D, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Mulrooney DA. Late outcomes in survivors of childhood acute myeloid leukemia: a report from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study. Leukemia Epub January 25, 2021.

Goldberg JF, Ness KK, Chi X, Santucci AK, Plana JC, Joshi VM, Luepker RV, Durand JB, Partin RE, Howell RM, Wilson CL, Towbin JA, Jefferies JL, Srivastava DK, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Armstrong GT. Cardiovascular family history increases risk for late onset adverse cardiovascular outcomes in childhood cancer surviviors: a St. Jude Lifetime Cohort report. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 30(1):123-32, 2021.

Davis EM, Sun Y, Liu Y, Kolekar P, Shao Y, Szlachta K, Mulder HL, Ren D, Rice SV, Wang Z, Nakitandwe J, Gout AM, Shaner B, Hall S, Robison LL, Pounds S, Klco JM, Easton J, Ma X. SequencErr: measuring and suppressing sequencer errors in next-generation sequencing data. Genome Biol 22(1): 37, 2021.

McLeod C, Gout AM, Zhou X, Thrasher A, Rahbarinia D, Brady SW, Macias M, Birch K, Finkelstein D, Sunny J, Mudunuri R, Orr BA, Treadway M, Davidson B, Ard TK, Chiao A, Swistak A, Wiggins S, Foy S, Wang J, Sioson E, Wang S, Michael JR, Liu Y, Ma X, Patel A, Edmonson MN, Wilkinson MR, Frantz AM, Chang TC, Tian L, Lei S, Islam SMA, Meyer C, Thangaraj N, Tater P, Kandali V, Ma S, Nguyen T, Serang OA, McGuire I, Robison N, Gentry D, Tang X, Palmer LE, Wu G, Suh E, Tanner L, McMurry J, Lear M, Pappo AS, Wang Z, Wilson CL, Cheng Y, Meshinchi S, Alexandrov LB, Weiss MJ, Armstrong GT, Robison LL, Yasui Y, Nichols KE, Ellison DW, Bangur C, Mullighan CG, Baker SJ, Dyer MA, Miller G, Newman S, Rusch M, Daly R, Perry K, Downing JR, Zhang J. St. Jude Cloud-a pediatric cancer genomic data sharing ecosystem. Cancer Discov 11(5): 1082-99, 2021.

Im C, Li N, Moon W, Liu Q, Morton LM, Leisenring WM, Howell RM, Chow EJ, Sklar CA, Wilson CL, Wang Z, Sapkota Y, Chemaitilly W, Ness KK, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Bhatia S, Armstrong GT, Yasui Y. Genome-wide association studies reveal novel locus with sex-/therapy-specific fracture risk effects in childhood cancer survivors. J Bone Miner Res 36(4):685-95, 2021.

Green DM, Wang M, Krasin M, Srivastava D, Onder S, Jay DW, Ness KK, Greene W, Lanctot JQ, Shelton KC, Zhu L, Mulrooney DA, Ehrhardt MJ, Davidoff AM, Robison LL, Hudson MM. Kidney function after treatment for childhood cancer: a report from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study. J Am Soc Nephrol 32(4): 983-93, 2021.

Oeffinger KC, Stratton KL, Hudson MM, Leisenring WM, Henderson TO, Howell RM, Wolden SL, Constine LS, Diller LR, Sklar CA, Nathan PC, Castellino SM, Barnea D, Smith SA, Hutchinson RJ, Armstrong GT, Robison LL. Impact of risk-adapted therapy for pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma on risk of long-term morbidity: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. J Clin Oncol 39(20): 2266-75, 2021.

van der Kooi ALF, van Dijk M, Broer L, van den Berg MH, Laven JSE, van Leeuwen FE, Lambalk CB, Overbeek A, Loonen JJ, van der Pal HJ, Tissing WJ, Versluys B, Bresters D, Beerendonk CCM, Ronckers CR, van der Heiden-van der Loo M, Kaspers GL, de Vries ACH, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Chemaitilly W, Byrne J, Berger C, Clemens E, Dirksen U, Falck Winther J, Fosså SD, Grabow D, Haupt R, Kaiser M, Kepak T, Kruseova J, Modan-Moses D, Pluijm SMF, Spix C, Zolk O, Kaatsch P, Krijthe JH, Kremer LC, Yasui Y, Brooke RJ, Uitterlinden AG, van den Heuvel-Eibrink MM, van Dulmen-den Broeder E. Possible modification of BRSK1 on the risk of alkylating chemotherapy-related reduced ovarian function. Hum Reprod 36(4):1120-33, 2021.

Cherven B, Klosky JL, Chen Y, York JM, Heaton K, Childs G, Flynn JS, Connelly JA, Wasilewski-Masker K, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Wong FL, Bhatia S, Landier W. Sexual behaviors and human papillomavirus vaccine non-initation among young adult cancer survivors. J Cancer Surviv Epub February 6, 2021.

Ehrhardt MJ, Williams AM, Liu Q, Hudson Scholle S, Bhakta N, Yasui Y, Robison LL, Hudson MM. Cumulative burden of chronic health conditions among adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancer: identification of vulnerable groups at key medical transitions. Pediatr Blood Cancer 68(6):e29030, 2021.

Williams AM, Liu Q, Bhakta N, Krull KR, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Yasui Y. Rethinking success in pediatric oncology: beyond 5-year survival. J Clin Oncol 39(20):2227-31, 2021.

Li Y, Zhu L, Liu L, Robison LL. Regression analysis of mixed panel-count data with application to cancer studies. Stat Biosci 13(1):178-95, 2021.

Delaney A, Howell CR, Krull KR, Brinkman TM, Armstrong GT, Chemaitilly W, Wilson CL, Mulrooney DA, Wang Z, Lanctot JQ, Johnson RE, Krull MR, Partin RE, Shelton KC, Srivastava DK, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Ness KK.  Progression of frailty in survivors of childhood cancer: a St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Report. J Natl Cancer Inst Epub March 15, 2021.

Güntürkün F, Akbilgic O, Davis RL, Armstrong GT, Howell RM, Jefferies JL, Ness KK, Karabayir I, Lucas JT Jr, Srivastava DK, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Soliman EZ, Mulrooney DA. Artificial intelligence-assisted prediction of late-onset cardiomyopathy among childhood cancer survivors. JCO Clin Cancer Inform 5:459-68, 2021.

McCastlain K, Howell CR, Welsh CE, Wang Z, Wilson CL, Mulder HL, Easton J, Mertens AC, Zhang J, Yasui Y, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Kundu M, Ness KK. The association of mitochondrial copy number with sarcopenia in adult survivors of childhood cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst Epub April 19, 2021.

Asdahl PH, Oeffinger KC, Albieri V, Hudson M, Leisenring WM, Donaldson SS, Hasle H, Winther JF, Armstrong GT, Robison LL. Esophageal disease among childhood cancer survivors-a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivors Study. Pediatr Blood Cancer 68(8):e29043, 2021.

McDonnell GA, Brinkman TM, Wang M, Gibson TM, Heathcote LC, Ehrhardt MJ, Srivastava DK, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Alberts NM. Prevalence and predictors of cancer-related worry and associations with health behaviors in adult suvivors of childhood cancer. Cancer Epub April 12, 2021.

Sapkota Y, Li N, Pierzynski J, Mulrooney DA, Ness KK, Morton LM, Michael JR, Zhang J, Bhatia S, Armstrong GT, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Yasui Y. Contribution of polygenic risk to hypertension among long-term survivors of childhood cancer. JACC CardioOncol 3(1):76-84, 2021.

Song N, Hsu CW, Pan H, Zheng Y, Hou L, Sim JA, Li Z, Mulder H, Easton J, Walker E, Neale G, Wilson CL, Ness KK, Krull KR, Srivastava DK, Yasui Y, Zhang J, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Huang IC, Wang Z. Persistent variation of blood DNA methylation associated with treatment exposures and risk for cardiometabolic outcomes in long-term survivors of childhood cancer in the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort. Genome Med 13(1):53, 2021.

Lubas MM, Mandrell BN, Ness KK, Srivastava DK, Ehrhardt MJ, Wang Z, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Krull KR, Brinkman TM. Short sleep duration and physical and psychological health outcomes among adult survivors of childhood cancer. Pediatr Blood Cancer 68(7):e28988, 2021.

Fair D, Park ER, Nipp RD, Rabin J, Hyland K, Kuhlthau K, Perez GK, Nathan PC, Armstrong GT, Oeffinger KC, Robison LL, Leisenring W, Kirchhoff AC. Material, behavioral and psychological financial hardship among survivors of childhood cancer in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Cancer 127(17):3214-22, 2021.

Moskowitz CS, Ronckers CM, Chou JF, Smith SA, Friedman DN, Barnea D, Kok JL, de Vries S, Wolden SL, Henderson TO, van der Pal HJH, Kremer LCM, Neglia JP, Turcotte LM, Howell RM, Arnold MA, Schaapveld M, Aleman B, Janus C, Versluys B, Leisenring W, Sklar CA, Begg CB, Pike MC, Armstrong GT, Robison LL, van Leeuwen FE, Oeffinger KC. Development and validation of a breast cancer risk prediction model for childhood cancer survivors treated with chest radiation: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study and the Dutch Hodgkin Late Effects and LATER cohorts. J Clin Oncol Epub May 28, 2021.

Baedke JL, Lindsey LA, James AS, Huang IC, Ness KK, Howell CR, Brinkman TM, Bhakta N, Ehrhardt MJ, Im C, Letsou W, Liu Q, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Yasui Y. Forgoing needed medical care among long-term survivors of childhood cancer: racial/ethnic-insurance disparities. J Cancer Surviv Epub May 27, 2021.

Kenzik KM, Williams GR, Bhakta N, Robison LL, Landier W, Goyal G, Mehta A, Bhatia S. Healthcare utilization and spending among older patients diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. J Geriatr Oncol S1879-4068(21)00140-5, 2021.

Kim J, Gianferante M, Karyadi DM, Hartley SW, Frone MN, Luo W, Robison LL, Armstrong GT, Bhatia S, Dean M, Yeager M, Zhu B, Song L, Sampson JN, Yasui Y, Leisenring WM, Brodie SA, de Andrade KC, Fortes FP, Goldstein AM, Khincha PP, Machiela MJ, McMaster ML, Nickerson ML, Oba L, Pemov A, Pinheiro M, Rotunno M, Santiago K, Wegman-Ostrosky T, Diver WR, Teras L, Freedman ND, Hicks BD, Zhu B, Wang M, Jones K, Hutchinson AA, Dagnall C, Savage SA, Tucker MA, Chanock SJ, Morton LM, Stewart DR, Mirabello L. Frequency of pathogenic germline variants in cancer-susceptibility genes in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. JNCI Cancer Spectr 5(2):pkab007, 2021.

Trendowski MR, Baedke JL, Sapkota Y, Travis LB, Zhang X, El Charif O, Wheeler HE, Leisenring WM, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Morton LM, Oeffinger KC, Howell RM, Armstrong GT, Bhatia S, Dolan ME. Clinical and genetic risk factors for radiation-associated ototoxicity: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study and St. Jude Lifetime Cohort. Cancer Epub July 19, 2021.

Williams AM, Krull KR, Howell CR, Banerjee P, Brinkman TM, Kaste SC, Partin RE, Srivastava D, Yasui Y, Armstrong GT, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Ness KK. Physiologic frailty and neurocognitive decline among young-adult childhood cancer survivors: a prospective study from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort. J Clin Oncol Epub July 20, 2021.

Jefferies JL, Mazur WM, Howell CR, Plana JC, Ness KK, Li Z, Joshi VM, Green DM, Mulrooney DA, Towbin JA, Martinez HR, Goldberg JF, Howell RM, Srivastava DK, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Armstrong GT. Cardiac remodeling after anthracycline and radiotherapy exposure in adult survivors of childhood candcer: a report from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study. Cancer Epub August 19, 2021.

Lubas MM, Szklo-Coxe M, Mandrell BN, Howell CR, Ness KK, Srivastava DK, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Krull KR, Brinkman TM. Concordance between self-reported sleep and actigraphy-assessed sleep in adult survivors of childhood cancer: the impact of psychological and neurocognitive late effects. Support Care Cancer Epub August 26, 2021.

Poudel PG, Bauer HE, Srivastava DK, Krull KR, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Wang Z, Huang IC. Online platform to assess complex social relationships and patient-reported outcomes among adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. JCO Clin Cancer Inform 5:859-71, 2021.

Phillips NS, Khan RB, Li C, Mirzaei Salehabadi S, Brinkman TM, Srivastava D, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Krull KR, Sadighi ZS. Seizures’ impact on cognition and quality of life in childhood cancer survivors. Cancer Epub September 1, 2021.

Krull KR, McDonald A, Goodman P, Vukadinovich C, Ford J, Leisenring WM, Chow EJ, Robison LL, Armstrong GT. Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on a large cohort of adult survivors of childhood cancer. Pediatr Blood Cancer Epub August 31, 2021.

Song N, Liu Q, Wilson CL, Sapkota Y, Ehrhardt MJ, Gibson TM, Morton LM, Chanock SJ, Neglia JP, Arnold MA, Michael JR, Gout AM, Mulder HL, Easton J, Bhatia S, Armstrong GT, Zhang J, Delaney A, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Yasui Y, Wang Z. Polygenic risk score improves risk stratification and prediction of subsequent thyroid cancer after childhood cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev Epub August 31, 2021.

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Sapkota Y, Qin N, Ehrhardt MJ, Wang Z, Chen Y, Wilson CL, Estepp J, Rai P, Hankins JS, Burridge PW, Jefferies JL, Zhang J, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Armstrong GT, Mulrooney DA, Yasui Y. Genetic variants associated with therapy-related cardiomyopathy among childhood cancer survivors of African ancestry. Cancer Res 81(9):2556-65, 2021.

Williams AM, Cheung YT, Hyun G, Liu W, Ness KK, Ehrhardt MJ, Mulrooney DA, Bhakta N, Banerjee P, Brinkman TM, Green DM, Chemaitilly W, Huang IC, Srivastava D, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Krull KR. Childhood neurotoxicity and brain resilience to adverse events during adulthood. Ann Neurol 89(3):534-35, 2021.

Fidler-Benaoudia MM, Oeffinger KC, Yasui Y, Robison LL, Winter DL, Reulen RC, Leisenring WM, Chen Y, Armstrong GT, Hawkins MM. A comparison of late mortality among survivors of childhood cancer in the United States and United Kingdom. J Natl Cancer Inst 113(5):562-71, 2021.

van der Plas E, Qiu W, Nieman BJ, Yasui Y, Liu Q, Dixon SB, Kadan-Lottick NS, Weldon CB, Weil BR, Jacola LM, Gibson TM, Leisenring W, Oeffinger K, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Armstrong GT, Krull KR. Sex-specific associations between chemotherapy, chronic conditions and neurocognitive impairment in ALL survivors: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. J Natl Cancer Inst 113(5):588-96, 2021.

Qin N, Li Z, Song N, Wilson CL, Easton J, Mulder H, Plyler E, Neale G, Walker E, Zhou X, Pan H, Hudson MM, Yasui Y, Robison LL, Zhang J, Ness KK, Wang Z. Epigenetic age acceleration and chronic health conditions among adult survivors of childhood cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst 113(5):597-605, 2021.

Varedi M, Lu L, Phillips NS, Partin RE, Brinkman TM, Armstrong GT, Chase E, Khan RB, Powell D, McKenna RF, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Ness KK. Balance impairment in survivors of pediatric brain cancers: risk factors and associated physical limitations. J Cancer Surviv 15(2):311-24, 2021.

Howell CR, Bjornard KL, Ness KK, Alberts N, Armstrong GT, Bhakta N, Brinkman T, Caron E, Chemaitilly W, Green DM, Folse T, Huang IC, Jefferies JL, Kaste S, Krull KR, Lanctot JQ, Mulrooney DA, Neale G, Nichols KE, Sabin ND, Shelton K, Srivastava DK, Wang Z, Wilson C, Yasui Y, Zaidi A, Zhang J, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Ehrhardt MJ. Cohort profile: The St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study (SJLIFE) for paediatric cancer survivors. Int J Epidemiol 50(1):39-49, 2021.

Tonning Olsson I, Alberts NM, Li C, Ehrhardt MJ, Mulrooney DA, Liu W, Pappo AS, Bishop MW, Anghelescu DL, Srivastava D, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Ness KK, Krull KR, Brinkman TM. Pain and functional outcomes in adult survivors of childhood cancer: a report from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study. Cancer 127(10):1679-89, 2021.

Huang IC, Alberts NM, Buckley MG, Li Z, Ehrhardt MJ, Brinkman TM, Allen J, Krull KR, Klosky JL, Greene WL, Srivastava DK, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Anghelescu DL. Change in pain status and subsequent opiod and marijuana use among long-term adult survivors of childhood cancer. JNCI Cancer Spectr 4(6):pkaa070, 2020.

Lubas MM, Wang M, Jefferies JL, Ness KK, Ehrhardt MJ, Krull KR, Mulrooney DA, Srivastava DK, Howell RM, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Armstrong GT, Brinkman TM. The contribution of stress and distress to cardiovascularhealth in adult survivors of childhood cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 30(2):286-94, 2021.

Dixon SB, Howell CR, Lu L, Plana JC, Joshi VM, Luepker RV, Durand JB, Ky B, Lenihan DJ, Jefferies JL, Green DM, Ehrhardt MJ, Mulrooney DA, Folse TE, Partin RE, Santucci AK, Howell RM, Srivastava DK, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Ness KK, Armstrong GT. Cardiac biomarkers and association with subsequent cardiomyopathy and mortality among adult survivors of childhood cancer: a report from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort. Cancer 127(3):458-66, 2021.

Last update: September 2021