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Melanie Jean Bonner, PhD

Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor in Neurosurgery
Associate Professor in Surgery
Division: 
Child & Family Mental Health & Community Psychiatry
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Office: Box 3527 Med Ctr, Lakeview 2608 Erwin Rd, Durham, NC 27705
Campus Mail: DUMC Box 3527 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710

My current research efforts focus on evaluating and remediating cognitive functioning in children with illnesses that impact the central nervous system. Current projects include: 1) evaluation of a cognitive intervention for children with sickle cell disease; 2) intervention aimed at improving adherence to medication regiments in children with sickle cell disease; and 3) remediation of cognitive deficits in children undergoing treatment for pediatric tumors.  I also consult on several multi-center projects aimed at evaluating cognitive functioning and quality of life in children with disease.  

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., Virginia Polytech Institute and State University, 1995

Publications

Moya-Mendez, Mary E., David M. Mueller, Milton Pratt, Melanie Bonner, Courtney Elliott, Arsen Hunanyan, Gary Kucera, et al. “Early onset severe ATP1A2 epileptic encephalopathy: Clinical characteristics and underlying mutations.” Epilepsy Behav 116 (March 2021): 107732. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2020.107732.

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Wallace, Keri, Julie Uchitel, Lyndsey Prange, Joan Jasien, Melanie Bonner, Richard D’Alli, Gary Maslow, and Mohamad A. Mikati. “Characterization of Severe and Extreme Behavioral Problems in Patients With Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood.” Pediatr Neurol 111 (October 2020): 5–12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2020.06.012.

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Uchitel, Julie, Elie Abdelnour, April Boggs, Lyndsey Prange, Milton Pratt, Melanie Bonner, Joan Jasien, Geraldine Dawson, Tavis Abrahamsen, and Mohamad A. Mikati. “Social impairments in alternating hemiplegia of childhood.” Dev Med Child Neurol 62, no. 7 (July 2020): 820–26. https://doi.org/10.1111/dmcn.14473.

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Kuerten, Bethany G., Samuel Brotkin, Melanie J. Bonner, David O. Ayuku, Festus Njuguna, Steve M. Taylor, and Eve S. Puffer. “Psychosocial Burden of Childhood Sickle Cell Disease on Caregivers in Kenya.” J Pediatr Psychol 45, no. 5 (June 1, 2020): 561–72. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpepsy/jsaa021.

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Allen, T. M., L. M. Anderson, S. M. Brotkin, J. A. Rothman, and M. J. Bonner. “Computerized cognitive training in pediatric sickle cell disease: A randomized controlled pilot study.” Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology 8, no. 4 (January 1, 2020): 390–401. https://doi.org/10.1037/cpp0000313.

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Brotkin, Samuel M., Gary R. Maslow, and Melanie J. Bonner. “JPP Student Journal Club Commentary: The Relationship between Parent and Child Distress in Pediatric Cancer.” J Pediatr Psychol 44, no. 10 (November 1, 2019): 1137–39. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpepsy/jsz080.

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Olivier, Traci W., Johnnie K. Bass, Jason M. Ashford, Rebecca Beaulieu, Sarah M. Scott, Jane E. Schreiber, Shawna Palmer, et al. “Cognitive Implications of Ototoxicity in Pediatric Patients With Embryonal Brain Tumors.” J Clin Oncol 37, no. 18 (June 20, 2019): 1566–75. https://doi.org/10.1200/JCO.18.01358.

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Porter, Laura S., Donald H. Baucom, Melanie Bonner, Corinne Linardic, and Anne E. Kazak. “Parenting a child with cancer: a couple-based approach.” Transl Behav Med 9, no. 3 (May 16, 2019): 504–13. https://doi.org/10.1093/tbm/ibz016.

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Jasien, Joan M., Melanie Bonner, Richard D’alli, Lyndsey Prange, Melissa Mclean, Monisha Sachdev, Julie Uchitel, Jennifer Ricano, Brian Smith, and Mohamad A. Mikati. “Cognitive, adaptive, and behavioral profiles and management of alternating hemiplegia of childhood.” Dev Med Child Neurol 61, no. 5 (May 2019): 547–54. https://doi.org/10.1111/dmcn.14077.

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Tan, Queenie K-G, Heidi Cope, Rebecca C. Spillmann, Nicholas Stong, Yong-Hui Jiang, Marie T. McDonald, Jennifer A. Rothman, et al. “Further evidence for the involvement of EFL1 in a Shwachman-Diamond-like syndrome and expansion of the phenotypic features.” Cold Spring Harb Mol Case Stud 4, no. 5 (October 2018). https://doi.org/10.1101/mcs.a003046.

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