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Marilyn Stern, PhD

Marilyn Stern, PhD, CRC


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I-HOPE Research Lab
Moffitt Cancer Center Researcher Profile

Research Interests:

Pediatric psychosocial oncology; interventions to reduce childhood and adolescent obesity

Dr. Marilyn Stern received her PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Buffalo and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Roswell 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 as well as an affiliate position in the Departments of Psychology and Pediatrics. She also holds a Full Member position in the Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. 

Dr. Stern’s primary professional focus in pediatric psychosocial oncology has been in children and 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 has been: elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 38, 54 and 17), recipient of the Dorothy Booz Black Award for Outstanding Scholarship, named an Outstanding Alumni, University at Buffalo Graduate School and was twice awarded a senior Fulbright scholarship and Lady Davis fellow for international work. Dr. Stern also teaches a doctoral level course in grant writing and directs the research track for the program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She provides clinical supervision at the graduate level has also chaired or served as a member on over 70 students’ thesis and dissertations. 

Dr. Stern leads an active lab: Interventions for Health-promotion in Oncology and Obesity in Pediatrics (I-HOPE) and is currently leading several grants from the National Institutes of Health to support her intervention work in pediatric psychosocial oncology and obesity.

Complete List of Published Work can be Accessed from My Bibliography: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/marilyn.stern.1/bibliography/47960590/public/?sort=date&direction=descending

Recent News

CFS Professor Marilyn Stern Recognized for Scholarly Contributions to Latinx Communities

CFS Professor Marilyn Stern to Serve as Member of NHLBI Single-Site and Pilot Clinical Trials Study Section

CFS Professor Marilyn Stern Honored as AAAS Fellow
Professor Marilyn Stern Invited to Present at National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health Hot Topic Webinar Series