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Rhonda S. Robert, Ph.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Professor, Division of Pediatrics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1994 University of North Texas, Denton, TX, PhD, Psychology
1987 Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX, MA, Marriage and Family Counseling
1984 Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX, BA, summa cum laude, Psychology & Theology

Postgraduate Training

9/1994-3/1996 Clinical Fellowship, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, Dr. Patricia Blakeney

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Division of Pediatrics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 1/2005-8/2011
Associate Professor, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, 6/2003-12/2004
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, 2/1999-5/2003
Instructor, Department of Surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, 9/1994-2/1999

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Faculty Consultant, Pediatric Supportive Care Team, Division of Pediatrics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 7/2008-present
Chief Psychologist, Psychological & Psychiatric Services Department, Shriners Burns Hospital, Galveston, TX, 1/2000-12/2004

Other Appointments/Responsibilities

Member, Institutional Review Board, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, 2001-2004

Institutional Committee Activities

Member, Psychosocial, Behavioral, and Health Services Research Committee, 9/2011-8/2013
Member, Advance Care Planning Pilot Work Group Committee, 5/2011-present
Member, Family Advisory Council, 5/2008-5/2010
Member, Adolescent and Young Adult Committee, 1/2008-9/2012
Member, Pediatric Supportive Care Committee, 1/2005-present

Honors and Awards

2011-2012 Fun Walk Honoree, Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance, Houston, TX
2010-2011 Award of Excellence in Family Centered Care, The Children's Cancer Hospital, U. T. MD Anderson Cancer Center

Professional Memberships

Children's Oncology Group, Arcadia, CA
Member, 2005-present
Council for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, Washington, DC
Member, 11/1996-present
International Society of Pediatric Oncology, Zurich, Switzerland
Member, 2007-present
Society for Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, New Rochelle, NY
Charter Member, 2/2012-present
Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, Austin, TX
Member, 1/2000-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Robert RS, Paxton RJ, Palla SL, Yang G, Askins MA, Joy SE, Ater JL. Feasibility, Reliability, and Validity of the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory™ Generic Core Scales, Cancer Module, and Multidimensional Fatigue Scale in Long-Term Adult Survivors of Pediatric Cancer. Pediatric Blood and Cancer 59(4):703-7, 10/2012.
2. Phipps S, Buckholdt KE, Fernandez L, Wiener L, Kupst MJ, Madan-Swain A, Mullins L, Robert R, Sahler OJ, Vincent N, Noll RB. Pediatric oncologists' practices of prescribing selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for children and adolescents with cancer: A multi-site study. Pediatr Blood Cancer 58(2):210-15, 2/2012. PMID: 21284076.
3. Thomas C, Russell W, Robert R, Holzer, C, Blakeney P, Meyer WJ III. Personality disorders in young adult survivors of pediatric burn injury. Journal of Personality Disorders 26(2):255-66, 2012.
4. Meyer WJ, Russell W, Thomas CR, Robert RS, Blakeney P. Sexual attitudes and behavior of young adults who were burned as children. Burns 37(2):215-21, 3/2011. e-Pub 11/2/2010. PMID: 21050666.
5. Robert RS, Ottaviani G, Huh WW, Palla S, Jaffe N. Psychosocial and functional outcomes in long-term survivors of osteosarcoma: A comparison of limb-salvage surgery and amputation. Pediatr Blood Cancer 54(7):990-9, 7/2010. PMCID: PMC2857688.
6. Wolff J, Robert R, Sommerer A, Volz-Fleckenstein M. Impact of a pediatric palliative care program. Pediatr Blood Cancer 54(2):279-83, 2/2010. PMID: 19830826.
7. Baker CP, Rosenberg M, Mossberg KA, Holzer C, Blakeney P, Robert R, Thomas C, Meyer W. Relationships between the Quality of Life Questionnaire (QLQ) and the SF-36 among young adults burned as children. Burns 34(8):1163-8, 12/2008. e-Pub 7/31/2008. PMID: 18672333.
8. Robert R, Tcheung WJ, Rosenberg L, Rosenberg M, Mitchell C, Villarreal C, Thomas C, Holzer C, Meyer WJ. Treating thermally injured children suffering symptoms of acute stress with imipramine and fluoxetine: A randomized, double blind study. Burns 34(7):919-28, 11/2008. PMID: 18675519.
9. Russell W, Holzer CE, Robert RS, Thomas C, Blakeney P, Meyer WJ. Differences in behavioral perceptions between young adult burn survivors and cross-informants. J Burn Care Res 29(5):750-5, Sep-Oct, 9/2008. PMID: 18695613.
10. Rosenberg L, Blakeney P, Thomas CR, Holzer CE, Robert RS, Meyer WJ. The importance of family environment for young adults burned during childhood. Burns 33(5)(5):541-546, 8/2007. e-Pub 5/18/2007. PMID: 17512667.
11. Meyer WJ, Blakeney P, Thomas CR, Russell W, Robert RS, Holzer CE. Prevalence of major psychiatric illness in young adults who were burned as children. Psychosom Med 69(4):377-82, 5/2007. e-Pub 5/17/2007. PMID: 17510292.
12. Meyer WJ III, Blakeney P, Thomas CR, Russell W, Robert R, Holzer C. Prevalence of major psychiatric illness in young adults who were burned as children. Psychosomatic Medicine 69:377-82, 2007.
13. Rosenberg L, Robert R, Thomas C, Holzer CE, Blakeney P, Meyer WJ. Assessing potential suicide risk of young adults burned as children. J Burn Care Res 27(6):779-85, Nov-Dec, 11/2006. PMID: 17091071.
14. Rosenberg M, Blakeney P, Robert R, Thomas C, Holzer C, Meyer W. Quality of life of young adults who survived pediatric burns. J Burn Care Res 27(6):773-778, Nov-Dec, 11/2006. PMID: 17091070.
15. Ratcliff SL, Brown A, Rosenberg L, Rosenberg M, Robert RS, Cuervo LJ, Villarreal C, Thomas CR, Meyer WJ. The effectiveness of a pain and anxiety protocol to treat the acute pediatric burn patient. Burns 32(5):554-62, 8/2006. e-Pub 6/12/2006. PMID: 16765521.
16. Tcheung WJ, Robert R, Rosenberg L, Rosenberg M, Villarreal C, Thomas C, Holzer CE, Meyer WJ. Early treatment of acute stress disorder in children with major burn injury. Pediatr Crit Care Med 6(6):676-681, 11/2005. PMID: 16276335.
17. Rosenberg M, Robertson C, Murphy KD, Rosenberg L, Mlcak R, Robert RS, Herndon DN, Meyer WJ. Neuropsychological outcomes of pediatric burn patients who sustained hypoxic episodes. Burns 31(7):883-889, 11/2005. e-Pub 7/11/2005. PMID: 16006044.
18. Thomas CR, Ayoub M, Rosenberg L, Robert RS, Meyer WJ. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder & pediatric burn injury: A preliminary retrospective study. Burns 30(3):221-223, 5/2004. PMID: 15082347.
19. Meyer WJ III, Blakeney P, Russell W, Thomas C, Robert R, Berniger F, Holzer C. Psychological problems reported by young adults who were burned as children. Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation 25(1):98-106, 2004.
20. Robert R, Brack A, Blakeney P, Villarreal C, Rosenberg L, Thomas C, Meyer WJ. A double-blind study of the analgesic efficacy of oral transmucosal fentanyl citrate and oral morphine in pediatric patients undergoing burn dressing change and tubbing. J Burn Care Rehabil 24(6):351-355, Nov-Dec, 11/2003. PMID: 14610417.
21. Mancuso MG, Bishop S, Blakeney P, Robert R, Gaa J. Impact on the family: Psychosocial adjustment of siblings of children who survive serious burns. J Burn Care Rehabil 24(2):110-118, Mar-Apr, 3/2003. PMID: 12626932.
22. Thomas CR, Brazeal BA, Rosenberg L, Robert RS, Blakeney PE, Meyer WJ. Phantom limb pain in pediatric burn survivors. Burns 29(2):139-142, 3/2003. PMID: 12615460.
23. Robert R, Blakeney P, Villarreal C, Meyer III WJ. Anxiety: Current practices in assessment and treatment of anxiety of burn patients. Burns 26(6):549-552, 2000.
24. Meyer WJ III, Robert R, Murphy L, Blakeney P. Evaluating the psychosocial adjustment of 2- and 3-year-old pediatric burn survivors. Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation 21(2):178-184, 2000.
25. Meyers-Paal R, Blakeney P, Robert R, Murphy L, Chinkes D, Meyer WJ III, Desai M, Herndon D. Physical and psychologic rehabilitation outcomes for pediatric patients who suffer 80% or more TBSA, 70% or more third degree burns. Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation 21(1 I):43-49, 2000.
26. Robert R, Meyer WJ III, Villarreal C, Blakeney P, Desai M, Herndon D. An approach to the timely treatment of acute stress disorder. Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation 20(3):250-258, 1999.
27. Robert R, Meyer WJ III, Bishop S, Rosenberg L, Murphy L, Blakeney P. Disfiguring burn scars and adolescent self-esteem. Burns 25(7):581-585, 1999.
28. Robert R, Blakeney P, Villarreal C, Rosenberg L, Meyer WJ III. Imipramine treatment in pediatric burn patients with symptoms of acute stress disorder: A pilot study. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 38(7):873-82, 1999.
29. Robert R, Blakeney P, Meyer WJ III. Impact of disfiguring burn scars on adolescent sexual development. Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation 19(5):430-435, 1998.
30. Blakeney P, Meyer WJ III, Robert R, Desai M, Wolf S, Herndon D. Long-term psychosocial adaptation of children who survive burns involving 80% or greater total body surface area. Journal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care 44(4):625-634, 1998.
31. Blakeney P, Robert R, Meyer WJ III. Psychological and social recovery of children disfigured by physical trauma: Elements of treatment supported by empirical data. International Review of Psychiatry 10(3):196-200, 1998.
32. Robert R, Berton M, Moore P, Murphy L, Meyer WJ III, Blakeney P, Herndon D. Applying what burn survivors have to say to future therapeutic interventions. Burns 23(1):50-54, 1997.
33. Kottman T, Robert R, Baker D. Parental perspectives on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: How school counselors can help. The School Counselor 43:142-150, 1995.

Book Chapters

1. Robert R, Askins M. Children and Cancer. In: The MD Anderson Manual of Psychosocial Oncology (Chapter 18). Ed(s) J. Duffy & A. Valentine. McGraw-Hill: New York, 235-250, 2011.
2. Rose M, Robert R. Interface between Psychiatry, Sleep, and Cancer. In: The MD Anderson Manual of Psychosocial Oncology (chpt 12). Ed(s) J. Duffy & A. Valentine. McGraw-Hill: New York, 149-164, 2011.
3. Zhukovsky D, Robert R. Pediatric palliative care. In: The Oxford American Handbook of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, Chapter 27, First. Ed(s) S. Yennurajalingam & E. Bruera. Oxford University Press: New York, 333-343, 2011.
4. Ottaviani G, Robert RS, Huh WW, Jaffe N. Functional, psychosocial and professional outcomes in long-term survivors of lower-extremity osteosarcomas: Amputation versus limb-salvage. In: Cancer Treat Res. 152. Ed(s) S. T. Rosen (Series Ed.) & N. Jaffe, O. Bruland, S. Bielack (Vol. Eds.). Springer: New York, 421-36, 2009. ISBN: 20213405.
5. Robert R. Emotional trauma following burn injury in children. In: Trauma Psychology: Issues in Violence, Disaster, Health, and Illness. Ed(s) E. Carll. Greenwood Praeger: New York, 2007.
6. Robert R, Blakeney P, Herndon D. Maltreatment by burning. In: Total Burn Care, Third Edition. Ed(s) D. Herndon. W.B. Saunders: New York, 771-780, 2007.
7. Robert R, Blakeney P, Herndon D. Abuse, neglect and fire setting: When burn injury involves reporting to a safety officer. In: Total Burn Care, Second Edition. Ed(s) D. Herndon. W. B. Saunders, 774-782, 2002.
8. Robert R, Bishop S, Rosenberg L, Meyer WJ III, Blakeney P. The impact of time and facial disfigurement on children’s self-perception post-burn injury. In: Current concepts in pediatric burn care. Ed(s) G. Grisolia, A. Corsi, & L. Landi, 101-106, 1999.

Letters to the Editor

1. Robert R, Blakeney P, Villarreal C, Rosenberg, L, Meyer WJ III. Imipramine treatment in pediatric burn patients with symptoms of acute stress disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 39(1):12, 2000.

Manuals, Teaching Aids, Other Teaching Publications

1. Aschenbrenner M, Askins M, Cardenas C, Cardenas R, DeRousse H, Homringhaus B, Homringhaus K, Homringhaus A, Maddox R, Mauricio R, McCollum N, Nickel B, Nickel J, Parmeter P, Sharp T, Williams R, Williams D, Okhuysen-Cawley R, Robert R, Wells P, Wells R, Zweidler-McKay P. My Child Isn't Getting Better: A Helpful Guide for Parents From Parents. U. T. MD Anderson Cancer Center: Houston, TX, 2010.
2. Carstens K, Willeford C, Robert R. Donating Your Stem Cells: What Should You Know?. Electronic publication, U. T. MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2007.
3. Baker D, Kottman T, Robert R, Askins M, Huzenic C, McCall K. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Parent Training Manual, 1991.

Last updated: 8/23/2013