Faculty Profile: Christine Trask, PhD

Christine Trask, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Work: +1 401-444-4500
My primary area of interest is in the cognitive effects of medical disorders in children. In particular, I am interested in the long-term effects of treatment for cancer on children's thinking abilities and academic skills and am interested in developing interventions to enhance children's return to school work. I have also been involved in research looking at the cognitive side effects of anticonvulsant medications. In the past, I have also looked at the impact of environmental exposures.

Biography

I completed my graduate training at St. Louis University in clinical psychology, did my internship in child clinical psychology at the University of Rochester Medical School, and completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the University of Michigan Health Care System. In addition to private practice, I was a consultant for NeuroBehavioral Resources and a lecturer for the University of Michigan before relocating to Rhode Island. I am currently on staff at Rhode Island Hospital in affiliation with the neuropsychology and pediatric psychology programs.

Research Description

My primary area of interest is in the cognitive effects of medical disorders in children. My research is generated in connection with my clinical work as a pediatric neuropsychologist. In particular, I am interested in the long-term effects of treatment for cancer on children's thinking abilities and academic skills and am interested in developing interventions to enhance children's return to school work. I have ongoing research related to family burden and parents' needs for information about the neurocognitive effects of cancer treatment, as well as research interests in strategies to enhance school's understanding of late neurocognitive effects. I have also been involved in research looking at the cognitive side effects of medications and the cognitive effects of several environmental exposures.

Grants and Awards

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Affiliations

International Neuropsychological Society
American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology

Funded Research

Co-Investigator, external funding agency - The Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan (9/98-8/00, approximately $15,000), "The relationship between parental and child coping and adjustment in a pediatric oncology population: A replication and extension (PI: Peter Trask)."

Principle Investigator,internal funding - Lifespan Developmental Grant Award (1/06-6/07, approximately $20,000), "Parental Needs for Information About Neurocognitive Risks Associated with Pediatric Cancer and Its Treatment."

Selected Publications

  • Faust, M. & Trask, C.L. (2009). The Role of Processing Speed Weaknesses in Mediating Outcomes for Survivors of Childhood Leukemia (abstract). DOI: 10.1080/13854040902867551. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 23, 614-615. (2009)
  • Trask, C.L. & Melton, A. (2009). Academic Fluency Deficits in Children Treated for Brain Tumor (abstract). Journal of the Neuropsychological Society, 15 Suppl1. DOI: 10.1017/S1355617709090420, http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=INS&volumeId=15&issueId=S1 (2009)
  • Trask, C.L., Greene Welch, J., Manley, P., Jelalian, E., & Schwartz, C.L. (2009). Parental Needs for Information Related to Neurocognitive Late Effects from Pediatric Cancer and Its Treatment. Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 52, 273-279. (2009)
  • Trask, C.L., Greene Welch, J.J., Manley, P., Jelalian, E., & Schwartz, C.L. (2008). Parental Perception Of Risk For Neurocognitive Late Effects From Pediatric Cancer Treatment. Psycho-Oncology, 17 (S1), S76. (2008)
  • Trask, C.L., Greene Welch, J.J., Manley, P., Jelalian, E., & Schwartz, C.L. (2008). Parental Need For Information About Neurocognitive Late Effects From Pediatric Cancer Treatment. Psycho-Oncology, 17 (S1), S33. (2008)
  • Greene Welch, J.J., Trask, C.L., & Schwartz, C.L. (2008). Parents' Use of the Internet Related to Their Child's Cancer Diagnosis (abstract). Psycho-Oncology, 17 (S1), S77. (2008)
  • Cimprich, B., So, H., Ronis, D.L., & Trask, C.L. (2005). Pre-treatment factors related to cognitive functioning in women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 14, 70-78. (2005)
  • Trask, P.C., Paterson, A.G., Trask, C.L., Bares, C.B., Birt, J., & Maan, C. (2003). Parental and adolescent adjustment to pediatric cancer: Associations with coping, social support, and family function. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 20, 36-47. (2003)