University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Robert B. Noll, PhD

Robert Noll
Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Psychology

Contact Information

Contact Information

3420 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Email: nollrb2@upmc.edu

Administrative Assistant
Name: Amy Wetmore
Phone: 412-692-5560
Email: amy.wetmore@chp.edu
Fax: 412-692-5679

Research Keywords

Research Keywords

Pediatric cancer; psychosocial issues; clinical trials

Research Summary

Research Summary

Since receiving my PhD in 1983, my research has focused on gaining a better understanding of the impact of cancer on the psychosocial functioning of children and their families. Of my 132 peer reviewed publications, over 50 examine psychosocial issues and pediatric cancer. The fundamental premise for this body of work has been to identify specific domains of functional vulnerability so that clinical trials could be initiated with a specific target. Clinical observations and data from my lab quickly demonstrated that primary caregivers of children recently diagnosed with cancer are extremely distressed. I have been involved in three randomized clinical trials related to reducing distress in caregivers of children recently diagnosed with cancer by teaching coping skills: Problem Solving Skills Training (PSST). Additionally, I have been involved in two additional multi-site randomized clinical trials involving pediatric cancers as a site Principal Investigator. The body of research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society.

Along with this academic focus, I have been extremely involved in the mentoring of junior faculty, fellows, and graduate students. I have been the primary or co-primary mentor for six career development awards, and four of my previous fellows currently have NIH funding. Much of my teaching has focused on training young professionals how to provide psychosocial services within pediatric oncology. At the present time, I am the Chair of the Behavioral Science Committee within the Children’s Oncology Group and I am responsible for the mentoring/development of a number of scholars in the US. I am also involved with two ongoing NIH-funded studies related to children with cancer. I currently serve on the editorial board of the journals Pediatric Blood and Cancer and Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. I am also the PI of the LEND of Pittsburgh, an interdisciplinary training grant designed to train the next generation of health care providers for children with special needs.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

  • Phipps S, Klosky JL, Long A, Hudson MH, Huang Q, Zhang H, Noll RB. Posttraumatic stress and psychological growth in children with cancer: Has the traumatic impact of cancer been overestimated? J Clin Oncol, 32:641-646, 2014. PubMed Link
  • Devine KA, Heckler CE, Katz ER, Fairclough D, Phipps S, Sherman-Bien S, Dolgin MJ, Noll, RB, Askins MA, Butler RW, Sahler OJZ. Evaluation of psychometric properties of the Pediatric Parenting Stress Inventory (PPSI). Health Psychol, 33:130-138, 2014. PubMed Link
  • Sahler OJZ, Dolgin MJ, Phipps S, Fairclough DL, Askins MA, Katz ER, Noll RB, Butler RW. Specificity of problem-solving skills training in mothers of children newly diagnosed with cancer: Results of a multisite randomized clinical trial. J Clin Oncol, 31:1329-1335, 2013. PubMed Link

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Collaborations

Collaborations

Current External Collaborators

Robert Annett, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics
University of Colorado

Katie Devine, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Leanne Embry, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Texas, San Antonio

Kristina Hardy, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology
Children’s National Medical Center

Matt Hocking, PhD
Pediatric Psychologist
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Sean Phipps, PhD
Chair in Psychology and St. Jude Endowed Chair in Behavioral Medicine
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Olle Jane Z. Sahler, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Medical Humanities, and Oncology
University of Rochester

Stephen Sands, PsyD
Associate Professor of Medical Psychology
Columbia University

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