Adolescents with Cancer: The Influence of Close Relationships on Quality of Life, Distress, and Health Behaviors

by Melissa Carpentier and Larry Mullins

About Melissa Carpentier

Melissa Carpentier is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology and MS in Psychology from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and her BA in Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Carpentier’s research interests include peer and romantic relationships, quality of life, and health behaviors of adolescent and young adult cancer patients and survivors. In addition, Dr. Carpentier is interested in the utilization of novel research methods, such as dyadic approaches and qualitative and mixed methods.

Larry Mullins is professor of psychology at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He earned his PhD and MS in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri at Columbia and his BA in Psychology from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Dr. Mullins’ research is primarily focused on child and family adjustment to pediatric chronic illness (e.g., cancer, Type 1 diabetes, asthma), with an emphasis on identifying factors that predict both resilience and adjustment difficulties. Dr. Mullins is also quite interested in the development of interventions that target management of illness uncertainty in parents of children newly diagnosed with a significant health problem.


 

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