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Education & Training

  • Fellowship, Clinical Psychology, 2013
    Children's National Medical Center
  • PHD, 2012
    University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Internship, Psychology, Clinical Child & Adolescent, 2012
    Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • MA, 2007
    East Carolina University
  • BA, 2005
    University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa

National Provider ID: 1912267725


Steven Hardy, Ph.D. is the Director of Psychology and Patient Care Services, as well as a psychologist in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Dr. Hardy is engaged in clinical, research and education activities related to the psychosocial care of children with cancer, sickle cell disease and other hematologic diseases. He holds a faculty appointment as an assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Dr. Hardy specializes in the emotional, behavioral and cognitive aspects of children's health, with a particular emphasis on evaluating and treating psychological difficulties among children with cancer or sickle cell disease. Dr. Hardy provides services in both inpatient and outpatient clinic settings and works with multidisciplinary teams to ensure that patients and families receive comprehensive care in the Divisions of Hematology, Oncology, and Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

Dr. Hardy leads a research program focused on enhancing neurocognitive functioning, academic achievement and quality of life for youth with sickle cell disease. He is also involved in research with the Children's Oncology Group aiming to monitor and prevent neurocognitive late effects of treatment. Dr. Hardy is also committed to training, as he supervises undergraduate and post-baccalaureate research students, and clinical psychology graduate student externs, pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows.

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has a working relationship (i.e. consulting, research, and/or educational services) with the companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

Outside Interests

  • American Psychological Association 

Research & Publications

The views of parents of children with sickle cell disease on pre-implantation genetic diagnosis

(2018) Pediatric Blood & Cancer

Cognitive abilities moderate the effect of disease severity on health-related quality of life in pediatric sickle cell disease

(2018) Journal of Pediatric Psychology

Psychosocial care and education of children with sickle cell disease undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant and their families

(2017) Sickle Cell Disease and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

Feasibility of home-based computerized working memory training with children and adolescents with sickle cell disease

(2016) Pediatric Blood & Cancer

Changes in coping, pain and activity following cognitive-behavioral training: A randomized clinical trial for pediatric sickle cell disease using smartphones

(2015) Clinical Journal of Pain

Posttraumatic growth in children and youth: Clinical implications of an emerging research literature

(2014) American Journal of Orthopsychiatry