Melanie J. Bonner, PhD


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Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor in Surgery
Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
Department / Division:
Psychiatry / Child & Fam Mental Health & Dev Neuro
DUMC 3527
Durham, NC 27710
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  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1994
  • Clinical Psychology, Duke University Medical Center, 1995
  • Pediatric Psychology, Duke University Medical Center, 1995-1996
Clinical Interests:
Pediatric psychology; patients and families coping with chronic illness; psychological assessment of children and adolescents with medical, developmental, learning, and/or behavioral problems
Research Interests:
My current research efforts focus on psychological adjustment in children and families who deal with the stress and strain of chronic illness. Current projects include: 1) an NIH funded project aimed at assessment of biological substrates of learning impairments in pediatric cancer survivors and evaluation of a pharmacological intervention to ameliorate those impairments; 2) a project funded by the Duke Institute for Care at the End-of-Life which involves the development and validation of a new measure of coping and loss for parents of pediatric cancer patients; 3) Evaluation of social functioning in pediatric cancer patients including assessment of social cognition and peer relations; and 4) Evaluation of quality of life parameters in patients with sickle cell disease.