Trainees and Faculty

Joanne Wolfe

Principal Investigator

Other Lab Members

Veronica Dussel

Veronica’s intervention research relates to 1) the use of e-PROs as a facilitator of quality palliative care in children with cancer and 2) understanding the provision of palliative care in Latin America and developing interventions

Associate Research Scientist, Pediatric Palliative Care, 2003 - Current

Christina Ullrich

Dr. Ullrich is currently investigating the palliative care needs and patient-reported outcomes of children who undergo intensive and restorative care such as HSCT.

Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School Senior Physician, Pediatric Hematology / Oncology, 2005 - Current

Ananth Prasanna

Prasanna’s research explores various dimensions of end-of-life care for children with advanced cancer, including hospital resource use, supportive care, and quality.

Assistant Professor, Section of Pediatric , 2012 - Current

Madeline Bilodeau

Madeline is interested in the experience of parents receiving results of quality-of-life in pediatric advanced cancer. Additionally, she has examined the household material hardships families have faced post-chemotherapy in their children.

Project Manager at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 2013 - Current

Katie Ratzan Peeler

Katie’s primary research interest is exploring the end-of-life experience of children and families for previously healthy children who die from sudden unexpected causes such as trauma, drowning, ingestion, or fulminant infection.

Staff Attending, Medical Critical Care, Boston Children’s Hospital and Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School , 2013 - Current

Angela Feraco

Angela is interested in provider-family communication during the initial months of childhood cancer treatment and the role of medical-psychosocial collaboration in symptom management care for children with cancer.

Instructor, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital , 2014 - Current

Jennifer Snaman

Jennifer’s research interests include communication and decision-making in adolescent and young adult patients with advanced cancer and early parental grief following the death of a child from cancer.

Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School Attending Physician, Pediatric Hematology / Oncology, Palliative Medicine, 2017 - Current

Sarah Brand-McCarthy

Dr. McCarthy’s research is focused on improving communication, decision making, and care delivery for children with complex and life limiting medical illnesses.

Pediatric Psychologist at Mayo Clinic , 2017 - Current

Katharine Brock

Katharine is interested in training clinicians in primary palliative care and communication using simulation or other novel medical education techniques, and also in studying how we can improve patient outcomes through integrated palliative oncology.

Assistant Professor of Pediatric Oncology, Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center, Emory University Physician, Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT), 2017 - Current

Danielle DeCourcey

Danielle’s research interests are focused on improving care delivery for children with medical complexity as well as communication around advance care planning for children with life-limiting illness.

Associate Chief, Division of Medicine Critical Care, Boston Children’s Hospital , 2017 - Current

Erin Currie

Erin is interested in pediatric palliative care consultation and end-of-life care within the neonatal intensive care setting.

Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing , 2018 - Current

Amy Porter

Amy’s research interests are global palliative care (with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa); barriers to palliative care provision in primary care, subspecialty, acute care/ICU, and home-based settings - especially disparities in access.

Fellow, Pediatric Complex Care, Rainbow Center for Comprehensive Care, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, 2019 - Current

Sarah Stevens

Sarah earned her B.A. from Harvard College and joined our team in June 2019. She is currently working on various projects related to symptom management and quality of life, patient-provider communication, and medical-psychosocial collaboration.

Research Assistant at Dana Farber Cancer Institute , 2019 - Current

Ross William Cleveland

Ross’s research interests explore the intersection of child abuse pediatrics and palliative care, including practitioners’ roles in child safety and the effect of child protective services involvement on the experience of severely ill children.

Research Fellow, 2019 - Current

Rachel Deming

Rachel investigates the role of palliative care in the perinatal period, specifically how palliative care can help address unmet needs for chronically critically ill neonates and their families.

Research Fellow, 2019 - Current

Leah Beight

Leah is an MPH student at Northeastern University. She is working on a project focused on psychosocial outcomes and symptom management. She is passionate about patient education and learning about interventions to improve patient outcomes.

Research Assistant at Dana Farber Cancer Institute , 2019 - Current

Ijeoma Eche

Ijeoma's program of research is to comprehensively improve psychosocial outcomes for parents of children with cancer and health-related quality of life of children diagnosed with cancer throughout the illness trajectory.

Post Doctoral Research Fellow, 2019 - Current

Gabrielle Helton

Gabby earned her B.A. from Dartmouth College. She is currently working on various projects related to decision-making in adolescents and young adults, psychosocial outcomes of bereaved parents, and advance care planning.

Research Assistant at Dana Farber Cancer Institute , 2019 - Current

Emily Johnston

Emily is interested in disparities in end-of-life care, particularly intensity of end-of-life care for oncology patients.

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellow and Health Services Masters Student at Stanford Children’s Hospital, 2019 - Current

Liliana Orellana

Dr. Orellana leads a team of statisticians, which supports researchers across the Deakin Faculty of Health. She has proposed novel statistical methods in the areas of Robust Statistics and Causal Inference.

Professor of Biostatistics and Director of the Biostatistics Unit at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. , 2020 - Current