Overview

As one of the largest pediatric oncology programs in the US, the Aflac Cancer Survivor Program provides an opportunity to undertake state-wide, population-based clinical research projects. As Research Program Director, our goal is to better understand, detect and manage late effects of cancer therapy. Additionally, we aim to improve our ability to educate, empower, and promote health in survivors.

Dr. Mertens' major area of research focus is on the investigation of late effects due to the diagnosis of cancer and its treatment in long term cancer survivors, with an emphasis in the field of pediatric cancer survivorship. Her current research funding is in the development of effective communication and intervention strategies to reduce morbidity and mortality, and thereby increase quality of life in childhood and adolescent cancer survivors. 

She currently has grant collaborations with other faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.  She is affiliated with the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory Healthcare, the Institute of People and Technology at Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Morehouse School of Medicine.

A new NCI-funded initiative, led by Dr. Mertens, was launched with Cancer SurvivorLink to facilitate the adoption of evidence-based guidelines for the surveillance of late effects among pediatric cancer survivors through COG clinics at the national level. Cancer SurvivorLink is a web-based portal designed to serve as a personal health record for pediatric cancer survivors and provides educational material to improve awareness of survivorship issues and best practices in survivor care.

Past and Current Research Trainees Since 2013

 

PhD Students

Kathleen Chapman Hartnett, Research Advisor and Committee Member, Division of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, PhD awarded, 2017

Current position: EIS Fellow, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

Helen Chin, MPH, Research Advisor and Committee Member, Division of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, PhD awarded, 2015

Current position: Post-doctoral Fellow, National Institute National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, Raleigh, NC

Blythe Ryerson, MPH, Advisor and Committee Member, Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Emory University, PhD awarded, 2013

Current position: Lead Epidemiologist, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA


Post-doctoral Students

Sanyukta Janardan, MD, Academic and Research Advisor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University, 2018-present

Current position: Fellow, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Holly Edington, MD, Research Advisor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University, 2018-present

Current position: Fellow, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Ashley Eason, MD, Academic and Research Advisor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University, 2019

Current position: Pediatric Hematology-Medical Oncology, Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah, GA

Daniel Runco, MD, Academic and Research Advisor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University, 2019

Current position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Neuro-Oncology, Indiana University School of Medicine

Ashley Lanzel, MD, Research Advisor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University, 2016

Current position: Palliative Care Hospitalist, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Children’s National Hospital, Washington DC

Matt Ramirez, MD, Academic and Research Advisor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University, 2015

Current position: Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, West Palm Beach, FL

David Siegel, MD, MPH, Academic and Research Advisor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University, 2015

Current position: Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA


Other – MPH Graduate Student Advising/Committees

Lillian Boyer, Research Advisor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, MPH awarded, April 2020

Kristen Howell, Research Advisor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, MPH awarded, April 2018

Zachary Owens, Research Advisor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, MPH awarded, April 2017

Ashley Daly, Research Advisor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, MPH awarded, April 2016

Kelsey Rogowski, Research Advisor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, MPH awarded, April 2015

Mechelle Claridy, Research Advisor, School of Public Health, Morehouse School of Medicine, MPH awarded, April 2013

Risk Communication/Health Education (2015-present)

Marchak JG, Cherven B, Williamson Lewis R, Edwards P, Meacham LR, Palgon M, Escoffery C, Mertens AC. User-centered design and enhancement of an electronic personal health record to support survivors of pediatric cancers. Support Care Cancer. 2019 Dec 18. doi: 10.1007/s00520-019-05199-w. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31853699

Escoffery C, Gilleland Marchak J, Haardörfer R, Meacham L, Williamson Lewis R, Udelson H, Edwards P, Mertens AC. Scalability of cancer SurvivorLink™: A cluster randomized trial among pediatric cancer clinics. Contemp Clin Trials. 2019 Oct; 85:105819. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2019.105819. Epub 2019 Aug 7. PMID: 31400518.

Berg, CJ, Vanderpool R, Getachew B, Payne JB, Johnson M, Sandridge Y, Bierhoff J, Le L, Effinger K, Johnson R, Weber A, Patterson A, Dorvil S, Mertens A. A hope-based intervention to address disrupted goal pursuits and quality of life among young adult cancer survivors. J Cancer Educ. 2019 Jul 11. doi: 10.1007/s13187-019-01574-7. [Epub ahead of print]

Williamson RS, Cherven BO, Gilleland Marchak J, Edwards P, Palgon M, Escoffery C, Meacham LR, Mertens AC. Meaningful Use of an Electronic Personal Health Record (ePHR) among Pediatric Cancer Survivors. Appl Clin Inform. 2017 Mar 15;8(1):250-264. doi: 10.4338/ACI-2016-11-RA-0189. PubMed PMID: 28293684; PubMed  Central PMCID: PMC5373768. 

Kunin-Batson A, Steele J, Mertens A, Neglia JP. A randomized controlled pilot trial of a Web-based resource to improve cancer knowledge in adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancer. Psychooncology. 2016 Nov;25(11):1308-1316. doi: 10.1002/pon.3956. Epub 2015 Sep 25. PubMed PMID: 26403252; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5079825.   

Cherven BO, Mertens A, Wasilewski-Masker K, Williamson R, Meacham LR. Infertility Education: Experiences and Preferences of Childhood Cancer Survivors. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2016 Jul;33(4):257-64. doi: 10.1177/1043454215607342. Epub  2015 Nov 18. PubMed PMID: 26582171.   

Devine KA, Mertens AC, Whitton JA, Wilson CL, Ness KK, Gilleland Marchak J, Leisenring W, Oeffinger KC, Robison LL, Armstrong GT, Krull KR. Factors associated with physical activity among adolescent and young adult survivors of early childhood cancer: A report from the childhood cancer survivor study (CCSS). Psychooncology. 2018 Feb;27(2):613-619. doi: 10.1002/pon.4528. Epub 2017 Aug 31. PubMed PMID: 28805953; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5807155. 

Berg CJ, Stratton E, Esiashvili N, Mertens A, Vanderpool RC. Providers' Perspectives on Addressing Health Risk Behaviors and Mental Health among Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer. Am J Clin Cancer Res. 2015;3(1). pii: 201500640. Epub 2015 Jun 4. PubMed PMID: 26709391; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4689431.   

 Gilleland Marchak J, Elchuri SV, Vangile K, Wasilewski-Masker K, Mertens AC,  Meacham LR. Perceptions of Infertility Risks Among Female Pediatric Cancer Survivors Following Gonadotoxic Therapy. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2015 Jul;37(5):368-72. doi: 10.1097/MPH.0000000000000349. PubMed PMID: 25985237.   

Berg CJ, Stratton E, Esiashvili N, Mertens A. Young Adult Cancer Survivors' Experience with Cancer Treatment and Follow-Up Care and Perceptions of Barriers to Engaging in Recommended Care. J Cancer Educ. 2016 Sep;31(3):430-42. doi: 10.1007/s13187-015-0853-9. PubMed PMID: 25948413; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4712118.   

Berg C, Stratton E, Esiashvili N, Mertens A, Vanderpool RC. Providers' Perspectives of Survivorship Care for Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer.  J Cancer Educ. 2016 Mar;31(1):31-8. doi: 10.1007/s13187-015-0848-6. PubMed PMID:  25943901; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4636969.   


Aflac Clinical Outcomes Collaboration (2015-present)

Miller TP, Klosky JL, Zamora F, Swift M, Mertens AC. Feasibility and acceptability of an animatronic duck intervention for promoting adaptation to the in-patient setting among pediatric patients receiving treatment for cancer. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2019 Dec;66(12):e27984. doi: 10.1002/pbc.27984. Epub 2019 Sep 5. PMID: 31486586

Miller LH, Keller F, Mertens A, Klein M, Allen K, Castellino S, Woods WG. Impact of fluid overload and infection on respiratory adverse event development during induction therapy for childhood acute myeloid leukemia.  Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2019 Dec;66(12):e27975. doi: 10.1002/pbc.27975. Epub 2019 Sep 10. PMID: 31502412

George SA, Williamson Lewis R, McKenzie L, Cherven B, Patterson BC, Effinger KE, Mertens AC, Meacham LR. Assessment of ovarian function in adolescents and young adults after childhood cancer treatment-How accurate are young adult/parent proxy-reported outcomes? Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2019 Dec;66(12):e27981. doi: 10.1002/pbc.27981. Epub 2019 Sep 10. PMID: 31502374

Lee JL, Gutierrez-Colina A, Williamson Lewis R, Wasilewski-Masker K, Meacham LR, Mertens AC, Gilleland Marchak J. Knowledge of Late Effects Risks and Healthcare Responsibility in Adolescents and Young Adults Treated for Childhood Cancer. J Pediatr Psychol. Jun 1;44(5):557-566, 2019.

Sabnis HS, Keenum C, Lewis RW, Patterson B, Bergsagel J, Effinger KE, Silverman E, Mertens AC, Castellino SM. Growth disturbances in children and adolescents receiving long-term tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy for Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia or Philadelphia Chromosome-positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Br J Haematol. May;185(4):795-799, 2019.

Daly A, Lewis RW, Vangile K, Masker KW, Effinger KE, Meacham LR, Mertens AC. Survivor clinic attendance among pediatric- and adolescent-aged survivors of childhood cancer. J Cancer Surviv. Feb;13(1):56-65, 2019.

George SA, Williamson Lewis R, Schirmer DA, Effinger KE, Spencer JB, Mertens AC, Meacham LR. Early Detection of Ovarian Dysfunction by Anti-Mullerian Hormone in Adolescent and Young Adult-Aged Survivors of Childhood Cancer. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. Feb;8(1):18-25, 2019.

JL, Gutierrez-Colina A, Meacham L, Mertens A, Gilleland Marchak J. Evidence for increased surveillance of executive functioning in adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancer. Transl Behav Med. 2018 Nov 5. doi: 10.1093/tbm/iby100. [Epub ahead of print]

Kappa SS, Lewis RW, Mertens AC, Walsh SM, Wasilewski-Masker K, Meacham LR. A brief survey of health habits among childhood cancer survivors. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2018 Dec;65(12):e27345. doi: 10.1002/pbc.27345. Epub 2018 Jul 26.

Siegel DA, Claridy M, Mertens A, George E, Vangile K, Simoneaux SF, Meacham LR, Wasilewski-Masker K. Risk factors and surveillance for reduced bone mineral density in pediatric cancer survivors. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2017 Sep;64(9). doi: 10.1002/pbc.26488. Epub 2017 Feb 24. PubMed PMID: 28233475. 

Spewak MB, Williamson RS, Mertens AC, Border WL, Meacham LR, Wasilewski-Masker KJ. Yield of screening echocardiograms during pediatric follow-up in survivors treated with anthracyclines and cardiotoxic radiation. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2017 Jun;64(6). doi: 10.1002/pbc.26367. Epub 2016 Dec 14. PubMed PMID: 27966803. 

Gutiérrez-Colina AM, Lee JL, VanDellen M, Mertens A, Marchak JG; Guest Editors: Cynthia A. Gerhardt, Cynthia A. Berg, Deborah J. Wiebe and Grayson N. Holmbeck. Family Functioning and Depressive Symptoms in Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors and Their Families: A Dyadic Analytic Approach. J Pediatr  Psychol. 2017 Jan 1;42(1):19-27. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsw041. PubMed PMID: 28173209. 

Ryerson AB, Wasilewski-Masker K, Border WL, Goodman M, Meacham L, Austin H, Marchak JG, Mertens AC. Pediatric quality of life in long-term survivors of childhood cancer treated with anthracyclines. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2016 Dec;63(12):2205-2211. doi: 10.1002/pbc.26149. Epub 2016 Jul 21. PubMed PMID: 27442487.   

Record E, Williamson R, Wasilewski-Masker K, Mertens AC, Meacham LR, Popler J. Analysis of Risk Factors for Abnormal Pulmonary Function in Pediatric Cancer Survivors. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2016 Jul;63(7):1264-71. doi: 10.1002/pbc.25969. Epub 2016 Mar 22. PubMed PMID: 27002916.   

Elchuri SV, Patterson BC, Brown M, Bedient C, Record E, Wasilewski-Masker K, Mertens AC, Meacham LR. Low Anti-Müllerian Hormone in Pediatric Cancer Survivors in the Early Years after Gonadotoxic Therapy. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2016 Aug;29(4):393-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpag.2016.02.009. Epub 2016 Feb 26. PubMed PMID:  26924632.   

Ramirez MD, Mertens AC, Esiashvili N, Meacham LR, Wasilewski-Masker K. Yield of Urinalysis Screening in Pediatric Cancer Survivors. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2016 May;63(5):893-900. doi: 10.1002/pbc.25897. Epub 2016 Jan 21. PubMed PMID: 26797960; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4801680.   

Elchuri SV, Williamson RS, Clark Brown R, Haight AE, Spencer JB, Buchanan I,  Hassen-Schilling L, Brown MR, Mertens AC, Meacham LR. The effects of hydroxyurea  and bone marrow transplant on Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) levels in females with sickle cell anemia. Blood Cells Mol Dis. 2015 Jun;55(1):56-61. doi: 10.1016/j.bcmd.2015.03.012. Epub 2015 Mar 31. PubMed PMID: 25976468.   

Ryerson AB, Border WL, Wasilewski-Masker K, Goodman M, Meacham L, Austin H, Mertens AC. Assessing anthracycline-treated childhood cancer survivors with advanced stress echocardiography. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2015 Mar;62(3):502-8. doi: 10.1002/pbc.25328. Epub 2014 Nov 12. PubMed PMID: 25393686.   

Cash T, Qayed M, Ward KC, Mertens AC, Rapkin L. Comparison of survival at adult versus pediatric treatment centers for rare pediatric tumors in an adolescent and young adult (AYA) population in the State of Georgia. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2015 Mar;62(3):456-62. doi: 10.1002/pbc.25326. Epub 2014 Nov 12. PubMed PMID: 25393593; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4305041.   


AYA Fertility (2015-present)

Hartnett KP, Mertens AC, Kramer MR, Lash TL, Spencer JB, Ward K, Howards PP. Pregnancy after cancer: Does timing of conception affect infant health? Cancer. 2018 Nov 15;124(22):4401-4407. doi: 10.1002/cncr.31732. Epub 2018 Nov 7.

Jacobson MH, Chin HB, Mertens AC, Spencer JB, Fothergill A, Howards PP. “Research on Infertility: Definition Makes a Difference" Revisited. Am J Epidemiol. Feb 1;187(2):337-346, 2018.

Shandley LM, Fothergill A, Spencer JB, Mertens AC, Cottrell HN, Howards PP. Impact of cancer treatment on risk of infertility and diminished ovarian reserve in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.  Fertil Steril. Mar;109(3):516-525, 2018.

Chin HB, Kramer M, Mertens AC, Spencer JB, Howards PP. Differences in Women’s Use of Medical Help for Becoming Pregnant by the Level of Urbanization of County of Residence in Georgia. J Rural Health. Jan;33(1):41-49, 2017.

Shandley LM, Spencer JB, Fothergill A, Mertens AC, Manatunga A, Paplomata,E, Howards PP. Impact of Tamoxifen Therapy on Fertility in Breast Cancer Survivors. Fertil Steril. Jan;107(1):243-252, 2017.

Travers CD, Spencer JB, Cwiak CA, Mertens AC, Howards PP. Urban-Rural Differences in Tubal Ligation Incidence in the State of Georgia, USA. J Rural Health. 2018 Mar;34(2):122-131. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12259. Epub 2017 Jul 21. PubMed  PMID: 28731204; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5776071. 

Hartnett KP, Ward KC, Kramer MR, Lash TL, Mertens AC, Spencer JB, Fothergill A, Howards PP. The risk of preterm birth and growth restriction in pregnancy after cancer. Int J Cancer. 2017 Dec 1;141(11):2187-2196. doi: 10.1002/ijc.30914. Epub 2017 Aug 24. PubMed PMID: 28836277; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5766343. 

Shandley LM, Spencer JB, Fothergill A, Mertens AC, Manatunga A, Paplomata E, Howards PP. Impact of tamoxifen therapy on fertility in breast cancer survivors. Fertil Steril. 2017 Jan;107(1):243-252.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2016.10.020. Epub 2016 Nov 22. PubMed PMID: 27887709; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5203952. 

Chin HB, Kramer MR, Mertens AC, Spencer JB, Howards PP. Differences in Women's Use of Medical Help for Becoming Pregnant by the Level of Urbanization of County of Residence in Georgia. J Rural Health. 2017 Jan;33(1):41-49. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12172. Epub 2016 Jan 14. PubMed PMID: 26769080; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4945485.   

Chin HB, Howards PP, Kramer MR, Mertens AC, Spencer JB. Which female cancer patients fail to receive fertility counseling before treatment in the state of Georgia? Fertil Steril. 2016 Dec;106(7):1763-1771.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2016.08.034. Epub 2016 Sep 24. PubMed PMID: 27678034; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5136299.   

Ritenour CW, Seidel KD, Leisenring W, Mertens AC, Wasilewski-Masker K, Shnorhavorian M, Sklar CA, Whitton JA, Stovall M, Constine LS, Armstrong GT, Robison LL, Meacham LR. Erectile Dysfunction in Male Survivors of Childhood Cancer-A Report From the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. J Sex Med. 2016 Jun;13(6):945-54. doi: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2016.03.367. Epub 2016 Apr 21. PubMed PMID: 27117527; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4879056.   

Jacobson MH, Mertens AC, Spencer JB, Manatunga AK, Howards PP. Menses resumption after cancer treatment-induced amenorrhea occurs early or not at all.  Fertil Steril. 2016 Mar;105(3):765-772.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2015.11.020. Epub 2015 Dec 1. PubMed PMID: 26658130; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4779728.   

Chin HB, Jacobson MH, Interrante JD, Mertens AC, Spencer JB, Howards PP. Hypothyroidism after cancer and the ability to meet reproductive goals among a cohort of young adult female cancer survivors. Fertil Steril. 2016 Jan;105(1):202-7.e1-2. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2015.09.031. Epub 2015 Oct 30. PubMed PMID: 26474733; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4710540.   

Chin HB, Howards PP, Kramer MR, Mertens AC, Spencer JB. Racial Disparities in Seeking Care for Help Getting Pregnant. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2015 Sep;29(5):416-25. doi: 10.1111/ppe.12210. Epub 2015 Jul 22. PubMed PMID: 26201443; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4630798.   


CCSS Consortium (2015-present)

Ford JS, Tonorezos ES, Mertens AC, Hudson MM, Casillas J, Foster BM, Moskowitz CS, Smith SM, Chou JF, Buchanan G, Robison LL, Oeffinger KC. Barriers and Facilitators of Risk-Based Health Care for Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer: A Report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study.  Cancer. 2020 Feb 1;126(3):619-627. doi: 10.1002/cncr.32568. Epub 2019 Oct 18. PMID: 31626337

Gibson TM, Li C, Armstrong GT, Srivastava DK, Leisenring WM, Mertens A, Brinkman TM, Diller L, Nathan PC, Hudson MM, Robison LL. Perceptions of future health and cancer risk in adult survivors of childhood cancer: A report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Cancer. Aug;124 (16):3436-3444, 2018.

Geller AC, Keske RR, Haneuse S, Davine JA, Emmons KE, Daniel CK, Gibson TM, Marghoob A, Mertens AC, McDonald AJ, Robison LL, Howell RM, Whitton JA, Coroiu A, Leisenring WM,  Armstrong GT. Skin cancer early detection practices among adult survivors of childhood cancer treated with radiation: A report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study.  J Invest Dermatol. Sep;139(9):1898-1905, 2019.

Gilleland Marchak J, Seidel KD, Mertens AC, Ritenour CWM, Wasilewski-Masker K, Leisenring WM, Sklar CA, Ford JS, Krull KR, Stovall M, Robison LL, Armstrong GT, Meacham LR. Perceptions of risk for infertility among male survivors of childhood cancer:  A report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Cancer. 124:2447-55, 2018. 

Claridy MD, Hudson MM, Caplan L, Mitby PA, Leisenring W, Smith SA, Robison LL, Mertens AC. Patterns of Internet-based health information seeking in adult survivors of childhood cancer. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2018 May;65(5):e26954, 2018.

Devine KA, Mertens AC, Whitton JA, Wilson CL, Ness KK, Gilleland Marchak J, Leisenring W, Oeffinger KC, Robison LL, Armstrong GT, Krull KR. Factors Associated with Physical Activity Among Adolescent and Young Adult Survivors of Early Childhood Cancer: A report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS).  Psycho-Oncology Feb;27(2):613-619, 2018

Dietz AC, Chen Y, Yasui Y, Ness KK, Hagood JS, Chow EJ, Stovall M, Neglia JP, Oeffinger KC, Mertens AC, Robison LL, Armstrong GT, Mulrooney DA. Risk and impact of pulmonary complications in survivors of childhood cancer: A report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Cancer. 2016 Dec 1;122(23):3687-3696. doi: 10.1002/cncr.30200. Epub 2016 Aug 9. PubMed PMID: 27504874; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5115933.   

Chodick G, Sigurdson AJ, Kleinerman RA, Sklar CA, Leisenring W, Mertens AC, Stovall M, Smith SA, Weathers RE, Veiga LH, Robison LL, Inskip PD. The Risk of Cataract among Survivors of Childhood and Adolescent Cancer: A Report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Radiat Res. 2016 Apr;185(4):366-74. doi: 10.1667/RR14276.1. Epub 2016 Mar 29. PubMed PMID: 27023263; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4853230.   

Inskip PD, Sigurdson AJ, Veiga L, Bhatti P, Ronckers C, Rajaraman P, Boukheris H, Stovall M, Smith S, Hammond S, Henderson TO, Watt TC, Mertens AC, Leisenring W, Stratton K, Whitton J, Donaldson SS, Armstrong GT, Robison LL, Neglia JP. Radiation-Related New Primary Solid Cancers in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study: Comparative Radiation Dose Response and Modification of Treatment Effects. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2016 Mar 15;94(4):800-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2015.11.046. Epub 2015 Dec 15. PubMed PMID: 26972653; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5011040.   

Armstrong GT, Chen Y, Yasui Y, Leisenring W, Gibson TM, Mertens AC, Stovall M, Oeffinger KC, Bhatia S, Krull KR, Nathan PC, Neglia JP, Green DM, Hudson MM, Robison LL. Reduction in Late Mortality among 5-Year Survivors of Childhood Cancer. N Engl J Med. 2016 Mar 3;374(9):833-42. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1510795. Epub  2016 Jan 13. PubMed PMID: 26761625; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4786452.   

Lowe K, Escoffery C, Mertens AC, Berg CJ. Distinct health behavior and psychosocial profiles of young adult survivors of childhood cancers: a mixed methods study. J Cancer Surviv. 2016 Aug;10(4):619-32. doi: 10.1007/s11764-015-0508-1. Epub 2015 Dec 19. PubMed PMID: 26688575; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4915965.   

Rosenberg SM, Moskowitz CS, Ford JS, Henderson TO, Frazier AL, Diller LR, Hudson MM, Stanton AL, Chou JF, Smith S, Leisenring WM, Mertens AC, Cox CL, Nathan PC, Krull KR, Robison LL, Oeffinger KC. Health care utilization, lifestyle, and emotional factors and mammography practices in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2015 Nov;24(11):1699-706. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-14-1377. Epub 2015 Aug 24. PubMed PMID: 26304504; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4633330.   

Gibson TM, Liu W, Armstrong GT, Srivastava DK, Hudson MM, Leisenring WM, Mertens AC, Klesges RC, Oeffinger KC, Nathan PC, Robison LL. Longitudinal smoking patterns in survivors of childhood cancer: An update from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Cancer. 2015 Nov 15;121(22):4035-43. doi: 10.1002/cncr.29609. Epub 2015 Aug 19. PubMed PMID: 26287647; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4635054.   

Daniel CL, Armstrong GT, Keske RR, Davine JA, McDonald AJ, Sprunck-Harrild KM, Coleman C, Haneuse SJ, Mertens AC, Emmons KM, Marghoob AA, Elkin EB, Dusza SW, Robison LL, Geller AC. Advancing Survivors' Knowledge (ASK) about skin cancer study: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2015 Mar 24;16:109. doi: 10.1186/s13063-015-0637-x. PubMed PMID: 25873142; PubMed Central  PMCID: PMC4392639.   

Park ER, Kirchhoff AC, Perez GK, Leisenring W, Weissman JS, Donelan K, Mertens AC, Reschovsky JD, Armstrong GT, Robison LL, Franklin M, Hyland KA, Diller LR, Recklitis CJ, Kuhlthau KA. Childhood Cancer Survivor Study participants' perceptions and understanding of the Affordable Care Act. J Clin Oncol. 2015 Mar 1;33(7):764-72. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2014.58.0993. Epub 2015 Feb 2. PubMed PMID: 25646189; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4334780.   

Mertens AC, Yong J, Dietz AC, Kreiter E, Yasui Y, Bleyer A, Armstrong GT, Robison LL, Wasilewski-Masker K. Conditional survival in pediatric malignancies:  analysis of data from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study and the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program. Cancer. 2015 Apr 1;121(7):1108-17. doi: 10.1002/cncr.29170. Epub 2014 Dec 29. PubMed PMID: 25557134; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4368489.   

Hudson MM, Oeffinger KC, Jones K, Brinkman TM, Krull KR, Mulrooney DA, Mertens A, Castellino SM, Casillas J, Gurney JG, Nathan PC, Leisenring W, Robison LL, Ness KK. Age-dependent changes in health status in the Childhood Cancer Survivor cohort. J Clin Oncol. 2015 Feb 10;33(5):479-91. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2014.57.4863. Epub 2014 Dec 29. PubMed PMID: 25547510; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4314595.   

NCI

SurvivorLink: Scalability of an Electronic Personal Health Record for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers at Pediatric Cancer Centers

Role: Co-PI

 

NIH/NHLBI

Sickle Cell post Transplantation Long Term and Late Effects Registry (STELLAR)

Role: Co-I

PI: Krishnamurti

 

NIH

Long-term Outcomes After Interventions for Congenital Heart Disease

Role: Co-I

PI: Kochilas

 

St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Evaluating Electronic Psychosocial Screening in Pediatric Oncology

Role: Co-I

PI: Marchak

 

Woodruff Health Sciences Synergy Award

Improving Health-Promoting Behaviors in Adolescent Cancer Survivors Using AWAKE: A Feasibility Trial

Role: Co-I

PI: Effinger

In 2017, I received the following awards:

  •         Faculty Research Appreciation Award from Emory University School of Medicine
  •         Winship Research Mentorship Award
  •         Induction into the Emory Millipub Club