Katianne Sharp, PhD
Katianne Sharp, PhD

Katianne Sharp, PhD

Instructor, 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

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

Fisher K, Laikin AM, Howard Sharp KM, Criddle CA, Palermo TM, Karlson CW. Temporal relationship between daily pain and actigraphy sleep patterns in pediatric Sickle Cell Disease. Journal of Behavioral Medicine Mar 12;41(3):416-422, 2018. doi: 10.1007/s10865-018-9918-7

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, Schwartz LE, Barnes SE, Jamison LE, Miller-Graff LE, Howell KH. Differential influence of social support in emerging adulthood across sources of support and profiles of interpersonal and non-interpersonal potentially traumatic experiences. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma 26:736-755, 2017. doi: 10.1080/10926771.2017.1289999

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

Howard Sharp KM, Cohen R, Kitzmann KM, Parra GR. Mechanisms mediating children's perceived maternal nonsupportive reactions to sadness and children's social and emotional functioning. Journal of Child and Family Studies 25:367-380, 2016. doi: 10.1007/s10826-015-0240-5

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

Tillery R, Cohen R, Parra GR, Kitzmann KM, Howard Sharp KM. Friendship and the socialization of sadness. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly 61:486-508, 2015. doi: 10.13110/merrpalmquar1982.61.4.0486

Last update: September 2018

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