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Stacia Martin Peron, Ph.D.

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Pediatric Oncology Branch
Neurobehavioral Program
Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute
Building 82, Room 107
Bethesda, MD 20814


Staci Martin Peron, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and staff scientist in the Pediatric Oncology Branch (POB) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the Training Director of the Neurobehavioral Program. Dr. Martin Peron earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of South Florida, and completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She then joined the NCI Neurobehavioral Program, where she has worked since 2000. Dr. Martin Peron has extensive training in the psychological assessment of patients with medical illnesses ranging from infancy to adulthood. She has evaluated a wide range of patient populations including cancer, HIV, neurofibromatosis type 1, sickle cell disease, and various other genetic syndromes. She is highly trained in the clinical management of children with medical conditions. Dr. Martin Peron has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, co-written several book chapters, and presented at national conferences on her research in health psychology. She also acts as an invited reviewer for several psychological and medical journals. As Training Director of the Neurobehavioral Program, Dr. Martin Peron oversees the work of Master's level psychometricians, postdoctoral fellows, graduate student externs, and undergraduate volunteers. In addition, she instituted a monthly journal club, co-leads case-conferences, and directs various other didactic activities.

In addition to her work at the NCI, from 2003 to 2007 Dr. Martin Peron served as the lead instructor and supervisor for the graduate-level assessment courses in the Psychology Department at the George Washington University (GWU). She continues as an adjunct faculty member, consulting on assessment and therapy cases and advising on dissertation research. Further, she is on the board of directors for the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science, and leads the Clinical Committee section of the Pain Special Interest Group of the Society of Pediatric Psychology.


Dr. Martin Peron's research has involved collaborative investigations of neuropsychological aspects of chronic illness; the use of acceptance-based therapy for pain coping; medication adherence in children with chronic conditions; and emotional, behavioral, and family functioning among children and adolescents with cancer, neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), and HIV disease. Currently, she is the principal investigator of studies examining the effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for adolescents with NF1 and chronic pain, validation of patient-reported outcome measures of pain intensity and pain interference in individuals with cancer, NF1, and sickle cell disease, and use of an internet support group for parents of children with NF1.

This page was last updated on 7/29/2014.