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Marilyn Stern, PhD

Marilyn Stern, PhD, CRC


Phone: (813) 974-0966
Fax: (813) 974-8080
Office: MHC 2510

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Dr. Marilyn Stern received her PhD from the University of Buffalo and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Rowell Park Cancer Institute in clinical health psychology. Before she joined the University of South Florida (USF) in 2013, she held academic positions at the University at Albany and Virginia Commonwealth University.  At USF she holds a primary appointment in the Department of Child and Family Studies and affiliate positions in the Departments of Psychology and Pediatrics, and the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Dr. Stern’s primary professional focus in pediatric psychosocial oncology has been in adolescents with cancer, communication, and transition to survivorship; developing interventions to reduce childhood and adolescent obesity, and the vulnerable child syndrome. Dr. Stern has been recognized for her scholarship and was: elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 38, 54 and 17), recipient of the Dorothy Booz Black Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Counseling Health Psychology, named an Outstanding Alumni, University at Buffalo Graduate School and was twice awarded a senior Fulbright scholarship for international work and named a 2014 Lady Davis fellow. Dr. Stern also regularly teaches research methods, health psychology and does clinical supervision at the graduate level and has chaired or served as a member on over 70 students’ thesis and dissertations.

Dr. Stern has recently been awarded two grants from the National Institutes of Health to support her intervention work in pediatric psychosocial oncology and obesity. 1) R01CA240319-01A1 -- to conduct a randomized control trial to test the efficacy of our intervention, NOURISH-T+, across a diverse sample of pediatric cancer survivors and their parents at four pediatric oncology clinics, with the goal of establishing a framework for future translation and dissemination of NOURISHT+; 2) R34AT010661-01 -- to refine and test the acceptability and feasibility of a culturally competent, evidence-based, community-centered obesity intervention, ADAPT+, to address obesity in Latino youth living in rural communities.