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Katianne Sharp, PhD
Katianne Sharp, PhD

Katianne Sharp, PhD

Assistant Member, St. Jude Faculty



Postdoctoral Fellowship – Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
Internship – University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS
PhD – The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
MS – The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
BA/BS – University of California, Davis, Davis, CA

Research Interests

  • Genetic predisposition to cancer
  • Family communication and decision making in the context of genetic testing
  • Coping and adjustment in families of children with cancer
  • The impact of family factors on children’s risk and resilience

Clinical Interests

  • Cancer predisposition

Selected Publications

Schaefer MR, Kenney AE, Himelhoch A, Howard Sharp KM, Humphrey L, Olshefski R, Young-Saleme T, Gerhardt CA. A quest for meaning: A qualitative exploration among parents of children with advanced cancer. Psycho-oncology doi: 10.1002/pon.5601, 2020  (In Press).

Howard Sharp KM*, Jurbergs N*, Ouma A, Harrison L, Gerhardt E, Taylor L, Hamilton K, McGee RB, Nuccio R, Quinn E, Hines-McDowell S, Kesserwan C, Sunkara A, Gattuso J, Pritchard M, Mandrell B, Relling MV, Haidar CE, Kang G, Johnson L, Nichols KE. Predicting families who decline participation in a pediatric oncology next generation sequencing study. JCO Precision Oncology 4:202-211, 2020. doi: 10.1200/PO.19.00213

Howard Sharp KM, Meadows E, Keim M, Winning AM, Barrera M, Gilmer M, … Gerhardt CA. The influence of parent distress and parenting behaviors on bereaved siblings’ externalizing problems. Journal of Child and Family Studies 29:1081–1093., 2020 doi: 10.1007/s10826-019-01640-0

Howard Sharp KM, Fisher RS, Clark OE, Dunnells ZDO, Murphy LK, Prussien KV, Vannatta K, Compas BE,  Gerhardt CA. Long-term trajectories of depression symptoms in mothers of children with cancer. Health Psychology 39:89-98, 2020. doi: 10.1037/hea0000826

Tillery R, Willard VW, Howard Sharp KM, Klages KL, Long A, Phipps S. Impact of the Parent-Child Relationship on Psychological and Social Resilience in Pediatric Cancer Patients. Psycho-Oncology 29:339-346, 2019. doi 10.1002/pon.5258

Ramsey LH, Graves PE, Howard Sharp KM, Seals SR, Collier AB, Karlson CW.  Impact of race and socioeconomic status on psychological outcomes in childhood cancer patients and caregivers. Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 41:433-437, 2019. doi: 10.1097/MPH.0000000000001405

Howard Sharp KM, Russell C, Keim M, Barrera M, Gilmer M, Foster Akard T, Gerhardt CA. Grief and growth in bereaved siblings: Interactions between different sources of social support. School Psychology Quarterly 33:363-371, 2018. doi: 10.1037/spq0000253

Howard Sharp KM, Lindwall J, Willard VV, Long A, Martin-Elbahesh K, Phipps S. Cancer as a stressful life event: Perceptions of children with cancer and their peers. Cancer 123:3385-3393, 2017. doi: 10.1002/cncr.30741

Howard Sharp KM, Willard VW, Barnes S, Tillery R, Long A, Phipps S. Emotion socialization in the context of childhood cancer: Youth perceptions of parents’ reactions to cancer vs. non-cancer related distress. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 42:95-103, 2017. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsw062

Okado Y, Howard Sharp KM, Tillery R, Long AM, Phipps S. Profiles of dispositional expectancies and affectivity predict later psychosocial functioning in children and adolescents with cancer. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 41:298-308, 2016. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsv096

Okado Y, Tillery R, Howard Sharp K, Long AM, Phipps S. Effects of time since diagnosis on the association between parent and child distress in families with pediatric cancer. Children’s Health Care 45(3):303-322, 2016. doi: 10.1080/02739615.2014.996883

Tillery R, Howard Sharp KM, Okado Y, Long A, Phipps S. Profiles of resilience and growth in youth with cancer and healthy comparisons. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 41:290-297, 2016. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsv091

Howard Sharp KM, Rowe A, Russell K, Long A, Phipps S. Predictors of psychological functioning in children with cancer: Disposition and cumulative life stressors. Psycho-Oncology 24:779-786, 2015. doi: 10.1002/pon.3643

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 40:904-913, 2015. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsv036

Last update: December 2020