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Lori Wiener, Ph.D., DCSW, LCSW-C

Pediatric Oncology Branch
Head, Pediatric Psychosocial Support and Research Program
Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute
Building 10 - Hatfield CRC, Room 1-6466
Bethesda, MD 20892


Dr. Lori Wiener is co-director of the Behavioral Science Core and head of the Pediatric Psychosocial Support and Research Program in the Pediatric Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute. She has dedicated her career to the field of oncology and pediatric HIV/AIDS. Originally from New York, Dr. Wiener received her PhD in Social Work from New York University and held a private practice while working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Wiener originally joined the Pediatric Oncology Branch in 1986 to help the Chief of the Pediatric Branch (Dr. Philip Pizzo) incorporate pediatric HIV studies into the existing pediatric oncology program.

Dr. Wiener's clinical research has focused on parental needs and coping, children's distress, sibling issues, mental health outcomes, diagnosis disclosure, transition from adolescence and young adulthood, loss and bereavement, staff wellness and interventions designed to meet the needs of critically ill children and their families. As a research clinician, she also brings with her a wealth of information about the inner worlds of medically challenged children, some of which have been published in a book entitled Be A Friend (Albert Whitman and Company, 1994), An Alphabet about Families Living with HIV/AIDS, a workbook for children living with life threatening diseases called This is My World, a workbook for siblings of ill children called Brothers and Sisters Together, an end-of-life planning guide for adolescents and young adults called My Choice, My Voice, and therapeutic game called ShopTalk. ShopTalk has a version for children living with a serious illness, a version for siblings and a version for children whose parents have cancer.

Dr. Wiener is the senior editor of a reference book entitled A Quick Reference for Pediatric Oncology Clinicians: The Psychiatric and Psychological Dimensions of Pediatric Cancer Symptom Management. The 2nd edition will be available through Oxford University Press in the Fall of 2014. Dr. Wiener was elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association in recognition of her outstanding and unusual contributions to the science and profession of psychology and Fellow of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society for outstanding contributions to the science and practice of psychosocial oncology.


As part of the care provided at the Pediatric Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute, a wide range of support services are offered to patients and their families. These services are designed to address the social, psychological, emotional, and practical facets of pediatric cancer and to support patients and families while they are enrolled in clinical research protocols.

Research is another critical component of the psychosocial program.

Examples of some current research initiatives include:

Understanding the perceived influence of childhood cancer on the parents' marital/partner relationship

Educational Interventions in Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Donors to Increase Donation and Transplantation Procedure Knowledge

Voicing My CHOiCES as a Tool for Advanced Care Planning in Young Adults with Metastatic, Recurrent, or Progressive Cancer

A Multi-Institutional Pilot Study of the Perceptions of Support and Perceived Stress of Lone Parents of Children with Cancer

The Use of a Distress Thermometer in a Pediatric Research Setting: An Exploratory, Pilot Study

Understanding the Psychosocial Needs of Parents Who Have Lost a Child to Cancer

Web-based Patient Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS) to explore Burden, and Stress in Cancer Caregivers (BaSiC2)

Caregivers attitudes and opinions on pediatric cancer research and genomic testing (part of Comprehensive Omics Analysis of Pediatric Solid Tumors and Establishment of a Repository for Related Biological Studies)

This page was last updated on 7/28/2014.