Brooke Russell

Program:
PhD Student, Clinical Psychology

Supervisor:
Dr. Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen & Dr. Fiona Schulte

Research Project Title:
Survivors of Childhood Cancer: Risk Factors and Health Outcomes Associated with Fear of Cancer Recurrence

Background:
My work in psycho-oncology began during my undergraduate degree in Dr. Janine Giese-Davis’ survivorship lab. There, I investigated follow-up care practices for adult survivors of childhood cancer and learned a great deal about the many unique psychosocial needs of this population. Following this, I began working for Dr. Fiona Schulte and Dr. Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen, before jointly joining their labs as a graduate student in clinical psychology. My master’s thesis work examined the prevalence of sleep disturbances and fatigue in survivors of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia and their siblings and bridged an important methodological gap in the literature. Moving forward, I am excited to begin my dissertation research which will involve developing a tool to measure fear of cancer recurrence for pediatric survivors of childhood cancer.

Career Goals:
I am passionate about patient-oriented research in pediatric psychosocial oncology, and I am driven to make a difference for all families who have endured childhood cancer. My long-term career goal is to pursue an academic position with a clinical appointment at a pediatric research hospital where I am able to combine research and clinical practice.