Bright IDEAS: An Evidence Based Approach to Alleviate Distress in Caregivers of Children Recently Diagnosed with Cancer


Bright IDEAS: An Evidence Based Approach to Alleviate Distress in Caregivers of Children Recently Diagnosed with Cancer

Robert B. Noll, PhD Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Psychology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

The Brain, Behavior, and Cancer Seminar Series welcomes Dr. Robert Noll as its featured speaker on March 21st. 

Dr. Robert Noll
                        Robert Noll, PhD

Dr. Noll completed a doctorate in clinical psychology and clinical specialty-training in pediatric psychology at Michigan State University following completion of his undergraduate degree and 5 years of military service as a Naval Aviator. Upon completion of his doctorate, he accepted a faculty position at Michigan State University in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development. Dr. Noll subsequently went to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where he served as the director of psychosocial services in the division of hematology/oncology. He subsequently went to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh where he served from 2004-2011 as the medical director for behavioral health and division director of developmental and behavioral pediatrics. He served from 2006-2016 as the Chair of Behavioral Science Committee within the Children’s Oncology Group. He has published extensively on psychosocial issues in pediatric oncology, notably documenting psychosocial difficulties for caregivers and subsequently developing evidence based interventions. He is the author of more than 150 peer reviewed publications and his pediatric oncology research has received funding from the National Cancer Institute, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, St. Baldrick’s foundation, and the American Cancer Society.

A light lunch provided. In order to ensure enough food is available, please RSVP by emailing Darren Gilmartin at

Location. UPMC Shadyside, Hillman Cancer Center, Cooper Classroom C. The Cooper Classrooms are located on the ground level of the Hillman Cancer Center, 5115 Centre Avenue, in Shadyside. After entering the building, walk to the left past the elevators. Facing the gift shop, turn right down the hallway. Room C is the 3rd door in the lobby area on the left.

Continuing Education Credits. In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials distributed at the time of the conference. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded .10 continuing education units (CEUs) which are equal to 1.0 contact hours.

For More Information. Please contact Darren Gilmartin at

Sponsored by The Biobehavioral Oncology Program University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute