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Rachel Tillery Webster, PhD
Rachel Tillery Webster, PhD

Rachel Tillery Webster, PhD

Assistant Member, St. Jude Faculty



BA - Psychology, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
MS - Psychology The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Residency/Internship - Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX
PhD - Clinical Psychology The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Fellowship - Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

Research Interests

  • Health related quality of life outcomes in survivors of childhood cancer
  • Psychosocial determinants of successful transition off active cancer therapy
  • Development of novel interventions to promote health and wellbeing among children and families impacted by pediatric cancer
  • Coping and adjustment in children with cancer and their family members

Selected Publications

Willard VW, Tillery R, Harman JL, Long A, Phipps S. The influence of early childhood temperament on later social-emotional functioning in youth with cancer. Journal of Pediatric Psychology (in press).

Tillery R, Willard VW, Howard Sharp KM, Klages KL, Long AM, Phipps S. Impact of the parent‐child relationship on psychological and social resilience in pediatric cancer patients. Psycho‐oncology 29(2):339-346, 2020.

Willard VW, Tillery R, Gordon ML, Long A, Phipps S. Profiles of Perceived Social Functioning in Adolescent and Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer. Psycho‐Oncology 29(8):1288-1295, 2020.

Tillery R, Willard VW, Long A, Phipps S. Posttraumatic stress in young children with cancer: Risk factors and comparison with healthy peers. Pediatric blood & cancer 66(8):e27775, 2019.

Tillery R, McGrady ME. Do complementary and integrative medicine therapies reduce healthcare utilization among oncology patients? A systematic review of the literature and recommendations. European Journal of Oncology Nursing 36:1-8, 2018.

Tillery R, Joffe NE, Mara CA, Pai ALH. Family efficacy following pediatric stem cell transplant. Psycho-Oncology 27(8):1915-1921, 2018.

Tillery R, Beal SJ, Thompson AN, Pai ALH. Relationship Between Cancer-Related Traumatic Stress and Family Milestone Achievement in AYA Survivors of Childhood Cancer: A Brief Report. Pediatric Blood and Cancer 65(6):e26998, 2018. 3.

Beal SJ, Tillery R, Thompson AN, Pai ALH. Future orientation in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors and unaffected peers. Psycho-Oncology 27(3):1078-1081, 2018.

Tillery R, Cohen R, Berlin KS, Phipps S. Youth’s Adjustment to Cancer: Examination of Patterns of Adjustment and the Role of Peer Relations. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 42(10):1123-1132, 2017. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsx067.

Howard Sharp KM, Willard VW, Barnes S, Tillery R, Long A, Phipps S. Emotion socialization in the context of childhood cancer: Perceptions of parental support promotes posttraumatic growth. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 42(1):95-103, 2016. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsv080.

Okado Y, Tillery R, Howard Sharp KM, 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, Berlin KS, Banks GG, Kamody RC, Rybak TM. Relations Between Baseline and Nonlinear Longitudinal Changes in Children’s Body Mass Index and Internalizing Symptoms. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 41(3):340-349, 2015. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsv080.

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(3):290-297. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsv091.

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(3):298-308, 2015. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsv096.

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(9):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(4):486-508, 2015. OI: 10.13110/merrpalmquar1982.61.4.0486.

Tillery R, DiSabitino K, Parra GR, Buckholdt KE, Jobe-Shields L. Examination of consistency of adolescent and parent reports across domains of functioning. Personal Relationships 21(4):599-611, 2014. doi: 10.1111/pere.12051.

Tillery R, Phipps S, Long A. Child perceptions of care and overprotection in children with cancer and healthy children. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings 21(2):165-172, 2014.

Jobe-Shields L, Parra GR, Buckholdt KE, Tillery RN. Adolescent reactions to maternal responsiveness and internalizing symptomatology: A daily diary investigation. Personal Relationships 21(2):335-348, 2014. 

Last update: December 2020