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A Prospective Examination of Neurocognitive Functioning in Pediatric Brain Tumor Patients

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dc.contributor.advisor Smith, Craig A.
dc.contributor.advisor Compas, Bruce E.
dc.contributor.author Fraley, Claire E.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-25T16:12:07Z
dc.date.available 2011-04-25T16:12:07Z
dc.date.issued 2011-04-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/4798
dc.description This study presents evidence for the acceptability, feasibility, and initial proof of concept of a protocol designed to assess children's neurocognitive functioning over time after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. It was completed as part of the PSY 296B Honors Research Program under the direction of Dr. Craig Smith and mentorship of Dr. Bruce Compas. en_US
dc.description.abstract Deficits in neurocognitive functioning are the most commonly reported adverse late effect in children diagnosed with brain tumors. However, few studies have examined this decline in functioning prospectively. The aim of this study is to validate the acceptability, feasibility, and initial proof of concept of a protocol designed to assess pediatric brain tumor patient’s neurocognitive functioning prior to surgery and longitudinally over time. Thirty-three children (aged five months – 16 years) with heterogeneous tumor diagnoses were enrolled in the study. Neurocognitive tests were administered prior to surgery, one month post-surgery, and six months post-surgery. Despite significant differences from healthy peers, brain tumor participants’ level of functioning did not change significantly between the three time points. This is the first study to document pediatric brain tumor patients’ neurocognitive functioning prior to surgery and to successfully retain participants to determine change over time. Expansion of this study will provide insight into the nature of change of neurocognitive functioning in children diagnosed with brain tumors and will illuminate variables that are associated with change. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.subject brain tumor en_US
dc.subject children en_US
dc.subject prospective en_US
dc.subject neurocognitive function en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Brain -- Tumors en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Tumors in children en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Cognition in children -- Testing en_US
dc.title A Prospective Examination of Neurocognitive Functioning in Pediatric Brain Tumor Patients en_US
dc.title.alternative Prospective neurocognitive function in PBT en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.college Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.description.department Psychological Sciences en_US


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