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Anne E. Kazak, PhD, ABPP
Anne E. Kazak, PhD, ABPP, has joined Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children as Co-Director of the Nemours Center for Healthcare Delivery Science. In this role, Dr. Kazak and Tim Wysocki, PhD, ABPP, oversee a new enterprise-wide research initiative for Nemours that will study the variables and processes impacting the delivery, safety, outcomes, cost, quality, and value of pediatric healthcare. Dr. Kazak is the center’s Delaware Valley leader with Dr. Wysocki serving as her counterpart in Florida, and an advisory board in place to lend guidance. Dr. Kazak also holds a clinical position in the Division of Behavioral Health.
Prior to joining Nemours, Dr. Kazak held a number of leadership roles at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, most recently the position of Director, Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress and Chief, Section of Behavioral Oncology in the Center for Childhood Cancer Research. She is Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine (Ret).
A graduate of Smith College, Dr. Kazak received her PhD in clinical-community psychology from the University of Virginia and completed internship training in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Kazak is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Delaware. She is recognized internationally as a pioneer in the field of post-traumatic stress from pediatric illness and has published and presented widely in this area. Her innovative research has focused on identifying post-traumatic stress symptoms in childhood cancer survivors and their families, and the development, evaluation, and distribution of assessment tools for pediatric traumatic stress. Her work has been directed towards understanding how children, families, and the health care providers and systems that serve them respond to the demands of illness and treatment, over time. Her current research is focused on promoting competence in families facing the adversities associated with pediatric illnesses.
Dr. Kazak received the 2009 Cummings American Psychological Foundation PSCYHE Award, recognizing her accomplishments in integrated care. She is the recipient of a Senior Mentoring Award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for her mentorship of investigators in psychosocial oncology. Dr. Kazak has a legacy of grant funding from the NCI and American Cancer Society for her work in cross-cultural psychosocial risk screening in pediatric cancer. In addition, she brings to Nemours a federal grant through SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) for training providers in how to recognize and treat traumatic stress in children.
A past president of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, Division of the American Psychological Association (APA), Dr. Kazak chaired the APA Task Force on Evidence-Based Practice for Children and Adolescents. She is a past editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and the Journal of Family Psychology and currently Editor-in-Chief of Health Psychology.