Health Psychology & Neurobehavioral Research Program


a patient and pob staff member Members of the Health Psychology and Neurobehavioral Research Program are experienced in the assessment and treatment of the cognitive, behavioral and psychological problems of children through adults with chronic medical conditions. We administer comprehensive evaluations to identify and address the neurobehavioral domains that often are impacted with chronic illness and related treatments. Our team also is skilled in implementing empirically-based clinical interventions, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), to work with children and adults enrolled on medical and psychological protocols.

Our Clinical Services

  • Conduct neuropsychological assessments to evaluate and monitor cognitive skills such as memory, attention, and processing speed
  • Write comprehensive neuropsychological reports with individualized recommendations that can be shared with schools or home medical teams (upon parent request)
  • Assist patients in coping with chronic pain or pain related to medical procedures (e.g., needles)
  • Address problems with medication adherence
  • Teach pill swallowing
  • Engage in therapy to help people manage illness-related stressors and attain an optimal quality of life

An Invitation

Patients and family members are invited to participate in psychology research protocols while their child is undergoing treatment at the NCI. You and your child may be eligible to participate in some of our current research studies.

Our Team

Training Opportunities

The Health Psychology and Neurobehavioral Research Group has a training program for students interested in psychology at many different levels, from undergraduate volunteers to postdoctoral fellows.