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Amanda L. Thompson, PhD

The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders


Director, Patient and Family Support Program (Cancer and Blood Disorders)

Children’s Research Institute (CRI)
Center for Cancer and Immunology Research

National Provider Identifier1760614705

Service LocationsChildren's National Medical Center - Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children's Medicine
111 Michigan Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20010
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Phone: 202-476-5000

Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders of Northern Virginia

6565 Arlington Blvd
Suite 200
Falls Church, VA 22042
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Phone: 703-531-DOCS (3627)
Fax: 703-531-1590


Amanda L. Thompson, PhD, is a pediatric psychologist and the Director of Patient Support Services in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. She manages a clinical team of psychosocial team members (e.g., art therapists, music therapists, educational specialists, psychology fellows and externs) and provides clinical psychology services to patients and families in the Divisions of Hematology, Oncology, and Blood and Marrow Transplantation. Dr. Thompson and her psychology team are available to help all members of the family, including siblings, adjust to the challenges of diagnosis and treatment. She has a special research and clinical interest in issues of cancer survivorship and currently spends several days each month working with survivors of all ages in the multidisciplinary long-term follow-up clinics.

Dr. Thompson also runs a psychology post-doctoral fellowship in psycho-oncology, is an outpatient case supervisor for psychology predoctoral interns, and maintains several pre-doctoral externship placements for advanced graduate students in psychology looking for practicum experience in issues of pediatric cancer. Dr. Thompson frequently provides didactic lectures to psychology, psychiatry, and hematology/oncology residents and fellows, and is an active participant in nursing education.
TypeSchoolLocationDegreeField of StudyYears
Graduate Education University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PAMaster of Science 2000
Undergraduate Education Georgetown University Washington, DCBachelor of Arts Psychology 1997 -2000
Graduate Education University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PADoctor of Philosophy Clinical Child Psychology 2001 -2006
Affiliations and Memberships
TitleInstitutionCommittee / SectionYears
MemberAmerican Psychological Association2003 - 2009
MemberSociety of Pediatric Psychology2003 - 2009
MemberSociety for Research in Child Development2001 - 2009
MemberDC Cancer Consortium2009 - 2009
ReviewerAmerican Psychological Association2009 Annual Convention2008 - 2008
TitleStudy NameInstitutionYears
InvestigatorSibling and Parent Bereavement from Childhood CancerNational Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute2007 - 2009
InvestigatorParent and Child Communication about CancerNational Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute2007 - 2009
InvestigatorPediatric Oncology Stress Management InterventionNational Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute2002 - 2006
Journal Article, Thompson, A.L., Miller, K.S., Barrera, M., Davies, B., Foster, T.L, Gilmer, M., Hogan, N., Vannatta, K., & Gerhardt, C.A. (2011), A qualitative study of advice from bereaved parents and siblings, Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, 7, 153-173.

Journal Article, Long, K.A., Ewing, L.J., Cohen, S., Skoner, D., Gentile, D., Koehrsen, J., Howe, C., Thompson, A.L., Rosen, R.K., Ganley, M., & Marsland, A.L. (2011), Preliminary Evidence for the Feasibility and Efficacy of a Stress Management Intervention for 7-12 Year Olds with Asthma, Journal of Asthma, 48, 2, 162-170.

Journal Article, Gerhardt, C. A., McGoron, K., Thompson, A. L., Vannatta, K., McNamara, K. A., Taylor, J., Passo, M., & Noll, R. B. (2011), Social outcomes among emerging adults with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, Children’s Health Care, 40, 70-84.

Journal Article, Thompson, A.L., Gerhardt, C.A., Miller, K.S., Vannatta, K., & Noll, R.B. (2009), Survivors of childhood cancer and comparison peers: The influence of peer factors on later externalizing behavior and substance use in emerging adulthood, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 34, 10, 1119-1128.

Journal Article, Thompson, A.L., Marsland, A.L., Marshal, M.P., & Tersak, J.M. (2009), Romantic relationships of emerging adult survivors of childhood cancer, Psycho-Oncology, 18, 7, 767-774.

Journal Article, Marshal, M. P., Friedman, M. S., Stall, R., & Thompson, A. L. (2009), Individual trajectories of substance use in lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth and heterosexual youth, Addiction, 104, 6, 974-981.

Conference Presentation - Poster, Thompson, A.L., Miller, K.S., Grossenbacher, J.C., Barrera, M., Compas, B., Davies, B., Fairclough, D.L., Gilmer, M., Hogan, N., Vannatta, K., & Gerhardt, C.A. (2009), Social Functioning of Children who have Lost a Sibling to Cancer, Poster session presented at the 11th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, Vienna, Austria

Journal Article, Thompson, A.L., Molina, B.S.G., & Pelham, Jr. W.E (2007), Risky driving in adolescents and young adults with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 32, 7, 745-759.

Book Chapter, Marsland, A., Thompson, A.L., & Ewing, L. (2006), Psychological and social effects of surviving childhood cancer, In Marsland, A., Thompson, A.L., & Ewing, L. , Pediatric Hematology/Oncology: A Biopsychosocial Approach, NY, Oxford University Press.

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