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Megan L. Wilkins, PhD
Megan L. Wilkins, PhD

Megan L. Wilkins, PhD

Associate Member, St. Jude Faculty



BA – Ohio University, Athens, Ohio (2001)
MA – University of South Carolina, Columbia South Carolina (2004)
PhD – University of South Carolina, Columbia South Carolina (2006)

Clinical Interests

  • Psychosocial adjustment in youth with HIV
  • Improving medication adherence in youth with HIV

Research Interests

  • Medication adherence in youth with HIV
  • Cognitive and academic functioning in youth with HIV
  • Body image in youth with HIV
  • Trauma-informed HIV Care

Selected Publications

Brown LK, Baltrusaitis K, Kennard BD, Emslie G, Chernoff M, Buisson S, Lypen K, Whiteley LB, Traite S, Krotje C, Knowles K, Townley E, Deville D, Wilkins ML, Reirden D, Paul M, Beneri C, Shapiro DE, & IMPAACT Team. Forty-eight week outcomes of a site-randomized trial of combined cognitive behavioral therapy and medication management algorithm for treatment of depression among youth with HIV in the United States. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr, Nov; 91(3), 296-304, 2022.

Pichon LC, Wilkins ML, Guerrero G, Stubbs ALW, Wiley ED, Dodson J, London C, Teti M. Sustaining an HIV prevention and wellness program for sexual gender minorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Int J Environ Res Public Health, Feb;19(4), 2022. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19042114.

Ingerski L, Means B, Wang F, Zhang H, Patel N, Gaur A, Wilkins ML. Preventing medication nonadherence of youth (13-24 years) with HIV initiating antiretroviral therapy. Journal of Adolescent Health Oct;69(4):644-652, 2021. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2021.04.006, 2021.

Lyon ME, Dallas RH, Garvie PA, Wilkins ML, Garcia A, Cheng YI, Wang, J.  Paediatric advance care planning survey: A cross-sectional examination of congruence and discordance between adolescents with HIV/AIDS and their families. BMJ Support and Palliative Care 2019.

Yildirim C, Garvie PA, Chernoff M, Wilkins ML, Patton ED, Williams PL, Nichols SL. The role of pharmacy refill measures in assessing adherence and predicting HIV disease markers in youth with perinatally-acquired HIV (PHIV). AIDS & Behavior doi: 10.1007/s10461-019-02468-x, 2019.

Lyon ME, D’Angelo LJ, Dallas RH, Hinds PS, Garvie PA, Wilkins ML, Garcia A, Briggs L, Flynn PM, Rana SR, Cheng YI, Wang J. A randomized clinical trial of adolescents with HIV/AIDS: pediatric advance care planning. AIDS Care 29:1287-1296, 2017.

Lyon ME, Dallas RH, Garvie PA, Wilkins ML, Garcia A, Cheng YI, Wang, J. Paediatric advance care planning survey:A cross-sectional examination of congruence and discordance between adolescents with HIV/AIDS and their families. BMJ Support and Palliative Care 2017.

Garvie PA, Brummel SS, Allison SM, Malee KM, Mellins CA, Wilkins ML, Harris LL, Patton ED, Chernoff MC, Rutstein RM, Paul ME, Nichols SL. Roles of medication responsibility, executive and adaptive functioning in adherence for children and adolescents with perinatally acquired HIV. Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal 36(8):751-757, 2017.

Ingerski LM, Wilkins ML, Rach AM, Patel N, Gaur AH. Use of placebo pills before treatment initiation in youth with HIV: Are they ready? Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care 16(4):412-417, 2017.

Dallas RH, Loew MM, Wilkins ML*, Sun Y, Tang L, Porter JS, Gaur AH. Body image and risk behaviors in youth with HIV. AIDS Patient Care and STDs 31(4):176-181, 2017. *senior author

Dallas R, Kimmel A, Wilkins M, Rana S, Garcia A, Cheng Y, Wang J, Lyon M. Acceptability of family-centered advanced care planning for adolescents with HIV. Pediatrics 138(6), 2016.

Wilkins ML, Dallas RH, Porter J, Tang L, Sun Y, Magdovitz-Frankfurt P, Gaur AH. Characterizing body image in youth living with HIV. AIDS and Behavior 20(8): 1585-1590, 2016.

Nichols SL, Brummel SS, Smith RA, Garvie PA, Hunter SJ, Malee KM, Kammerer BL, Wilkins ML, Rutstein R, Tassiopoulos K, Chernoff MC, Mellins CM. Executive functioning in children with perinatal HIV infection. Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal 34(9): 969-975, 2015.

Smith RA, Wilkins ML. Perinatally acquired HIV infection: Long-term neuropsychological consequences and challenges ahead. Child Neuropsychology 21(2):234-268, 2014.

Garvie PA, Zeldow B, Malee K, Nichols S, Smith RA, Wilkins ML, Williams PL. Discordance of cognitive and academic achievement outcomes in youth with perinatal HIV exposure. Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal 33(9): e232-238, 2014.

Wilkins ML, Dallas RD, Fanone KE, Lyon ME. Pediatric palliative care for youth with HIV/AIDS: systematic review of the literature. HIV/AIDS Research and Palliative Care 5:165-179, 2013.

Dallas RD, Wilkins ML, Wang J, Garcia A, Lyon ME. Longitudinal Pediatric Palliative Care: Quality of Life & Spiritual Struggle (FACE): Design and Methods. Contemporary Clinical Trials 33(12):1033-1043, 2012.

Smith R, Chernoff M, Williams PL, Malee KM, Sirios PA, Kammerer B, Wilkins M, Nichols S, Mellins C, Usitalo C, Garvie P, Rutstein R. (June).  Impact of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Severity on Cognitive and Adaptive Functioning during Childhood and Adolescence. Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal 31(6):592-598, 2012.

Garvie PA, Wilkins ML, Young JC. Medication adherence in adolescents with behaviorally-acquired HIV: Evidence for employing a multi-method assessment protocol. Journal of Adolescent Health47(5):504-511, 2010.

Garvie PA, Wilkins ML, Kolivas E, Young JC. Multi-method adherence assessment in youth with perinatally acquired HIV-1: The influence of off-schedule dosing in predicting biological markers.Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal 29(4):372-374, 2010.

Grier JEC, Wilkins ML, Jeffords EH. Diagnosis and treatment of pediatric bipolar disorder. In P. McCabe & S. Shaw (Eds.), Psychiatric Disorders: Current Topics and Interventions for Educators. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin pp 17-17, 2010.

Grier EC, Wilkins ML, Pender CAS. Bipolar Disorder: Educational implications for secondary students. Principal Leadership 7(8):12-15, 2007. 

Grier EC, Wilkins ML, Szadek L. Treatment and intervention for bipolar disorder in childhood: Implications for school psychologists. NASP Communiqué 34(3):38-41, 2005.

Grier EC, Wilkins ML. Bipolar disorder in children: Identification and diagnosis. NASP Communiqu,34(2):28-32, 2005.

Grier EC, Wilkins ML. Best practices in school psychology: Determining educational services for students with learning disabilities. School Psych SceneNewsletter of the South Carolina Association of School Psychologists Spring 2004.

Last update: December 2022