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Marilyn  Stern

Marilyn Stern, PhD, CRC

Research Program: Health Outcomes & Behavior Program

  • Overview


    • Health Outcomes & Behavior Program

    Education & Training


    • State University of New York at Buffalo, PhD - Counseling Psychology


    • Roswell Park Cancer Institute - Health Psychology
  • Research Interest

    Dr. Stern’s primary professional focus in pediatric psychosocial oncology has been in children and adolescents with cancer, communication, and transition to survivorship; developing interventions to reduce childhood and adolescent obesity, and the vulnerable child syndrome. Dr. Stern has been recognized for her scholarship and has been: elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 38, 54 and 17), recipient of the Dorothy Booz Black Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Counseling Health Psychology, named an Outstanding Alumni, University at Buffalo Graduate School and was twice awarded a senior Fulbright scholarship for international work and named a 2014 Lady Davis fellow. Dr. Stern also regularly teaches research methods, health psychology and does clinical supervision at the graduate level and has chaired or served as a member on over 70 students’ thesis and dissertations.  Dr. Stern leads an active lab: Interventions for Health-promotion in Oncology and Obesity in Pediatrics (I-HOPE) and is currently leading several grants from the National Institutes of Health to support her intervention work in pediatric psychosocial oncology and obesity. 1) R01CA240319-01A1 -- to conduct a randomized control trial to test the efficacy of our intervention, NOURISH-T+, across a diverse sample of pediatric cancer survivors and their parents at multiple pediatric oncology clinics, with the goal of establishing a framework for future translation and dissemination of NOURISHT+; 2) R34AT010661-01 -- to refine and test the acceptability and feasibility of a culturally competent, evidence-based, community-centered obesity intervention, ADAPT+, to address obesity in Latino youth living in rural communities and 3) 3R34AT010661-02S1—to assess COVID-19 testing and vaccine uptake attitudes and behaviors among rural Latino migrants in Southwest Florida. Dr. Stern is also involved in several other grant projects as a co-Investigator, all related to pediatric oncology and obesity.         

  • Publications

    • Crowder SL, Buro AW, Lacson JCA, Del Rio J, Kim Y, Roetzheim RG, Sutton SK, Vadaparampil ST, Soto-Torres B, Stern M, Kanetsky PA. Qualitative assessment of uptake retention and evaluation of prevention materials for skin cancer among Hispanics. Patient Educ Couns. 2023 Jul.112:107742. Pubmedid: 37028174. Pmcid: PMC10164708.
    • Crowder SL, Sauls R, Gudenkauf LM, James C, Skinner A, Reed DR, Stern M. The Lived Experience of Young Adult Cancer Survivors after Treatment: A Qualitative Study. Nutrients. 2023 Jul.15(14). Pubmedid: 37513563. Pmcid: PMC10385438.
    • Buro AW, Gray HL, Ruble K, Soca Lozano S, Sauls R, Albizu-Jacob A, Crowder SL, Mazzeo SE, Stern M. Challenges and adaptations for a cluster-randomized control trial targeting parents of pediatric cancer survivors with obesity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Transl Behav Med. 2023 Feb.13(2):98-103. Pubmedid: 36327379. Pmcid: PMC9972348.
    • Crowder SL, Foster RH, Buro AW, Dillon R, Godder K, Stern M. Mediators of Social Acceptance Among Emerging Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2023 Feb. Pubmedid: 36795980.
    • Buro AW, Crowder SL, Rozen E, Stern M, Carson TL. Lifestyle Interventions with Mind-Body or Stress-Management Practices for Cancer Survivors: A Rapid Review. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023 Feb.20(4). Pubmedid: 36834048. Pmcid: PMC9964062.
    • Stern M, Rancourt D, Soca Lozano S, Buro AW, Gray HL, Rodriguez C, Bailey R, Redwine L. Delivering ADAPT+ to Latino Families Living in Rural Communities: Feasibility and Acceptability of Implementing a Health Promotion Program Including Mindfulness. J Pediatr Psychol. 2023 Aug.48(8):666-675. Pubmedid: 37541829. Pmcid: PMC10468101.
    • Buro AW, Sauls R, Stern M, Carson TL. A qualitative study of stress experiences, health behaviors, and intervention preferences in young adult cancer survivors. Support Care Cancer. 2023 Apr.31(5):295. Pubmedid: 37093353. Pmcid: PMC10123481.
    • Buro AW, Roman Candelaria K, Bailey R, Luna F, Albizu-Jacob A, Stern M, Redwine L. Exploration of Multilevel Barriers and Strategies That Affected Early COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing in Rural Latino Communities in Southwest Florida. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Sep.19(18). Pubmedid: 36142059. Pmcid: PMC9517188.
    • Crowder SL, Buro AW, Stern M. Physical activity interventions in pediatric, adolescent, and young adult cancer survivors: a systematic review. Support Care Cancer. 2022 Jun.30(6):4635-4649. Pubmedid: 35064822. Pmcid: PMC9175508.
    • Crowder SL, Sauls R, Redwine L, Nieder M, Albanyan O, Yasin H, Khimani F, Stern M. Mindfulness in Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Patients Undergoing Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT): A Qualitative Study. Cancers (Basel). 2022 Jun.14(11). Pubmedid: 35681740. Pmcid: PMC9179916.
    • Crowder SL, Buro AW, Lacson JCA, Kim Y, Sutton SK, Roetzheim RG, Vadaparampil ST, Stern M, Kanetsky PA. Retention and Evaluation of Precision and Generic Prevention Materials for Melanoma: A Qualitative Study Comparing Young Adults and Adults. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2022 Aug.15(8):533-542. Pubmedid: 35665800. Pmcid: PMC9357111.
    • Gray HL, Pang T, Agazzi H, Shaffer-Hudkins E, Kim E, Miltenberger RG, Waters KA, Jimenez C, Harris M, Stern M. A nutrition education intervention to improve eating behaviors of children with autism spectrum disorder: Study protocol for a pilot randomized controlled trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2022 Aug.119:106814. Pubmedid: 35671902.
    • Himmelgreen D, Stern M. Food Insecurity during the Time of COVID-19: Vulnerability, Health Conditions, and Taking Action. Ecol Food Nutr. 2021 Sep.60(5):543-547. Pubmedid: 34617869.
    • Crowder SL, Beckie T, Stern M. A Review of Food Insecurity and Chronic Cardiovascular Disease: Implications during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Ecol Food Nutr. 2021 Sep.60(5):596-611. Pubmedid: 34617867. Pmcid: PMC9632247.
    • Rodriguez C, Crowder SL, Rodriguez M, Redwine L, Stern M. Food Insecurity and the Hispanic Population during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Ecol Food Nutr. 2021 Sep.60(5):548-563. Pubmedid: 34617866. Pmcid: PMC9614706.
    • Stern M, Gray HL, Ruble K, Lozano SS, Albizu-Jacob A, Williams JM, Godder K, Fuemmeler B, Mazzeo S. A cluster-randomized control trial targeting parents of pediatric cancer survivors with obesity: Rationale and study protocol of NOURISH-T. Contemp Clin Trials. 2021 Mar.102:106296. Pubmedid: 33515782. Pmcid: PMC8009853.
    • Stern M, Redwine L, Lozano SS, Rancourt D, Rodriguez C, Gray HL, Lock S, Bailey R. Design and rationale for ADAPT+: Optimizing an intervention to promote healthy behaviors in rural, Latino youth with obesity and their parents, using mindfulness strategies. Contemp Clin Trials. 2021 Feb.101:106243. Pubmedid: 33307226. Pmcid: PMC7954907.
    • Stern M, Soca Lozano S, Lescano C, Rodriguez C, Redwine L. Developing Adaptando Dieta Y Acción Para Todos (ADAPT): An Intervention to Improve Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors Among Latino Parents and Children Living in Rural Communities. J Immigr Minor Health. 2020 Jun.23(1):88-94. Pubmedid: 32533505.
    • Moxthe LC, Sauls R, Ruiz M, Stern M, Gonzalvo J, Gray HL. Effects of Bariatric Surgeries on Male and Female Fertility: A Systematic Review. J Reprod Infertil. 2020 Apr.21(2):71-86. Pubmedid: 32500010. Pmcid: PMC7253939.
    • Bean MK, Ingersoll KS, Powell P, Stern M, Evans RK, Wickham EP, Mazzeo SE. Response to Vorland et al's Letter to the Editor about "Impact of motivational interviewing on outcomes of an adolescent obesity treatment: Results from the MI Values randomized controlled pilot trial". Clin Obes. 2019 Oct.9(5):e12333. Pubmedid: 31397052.
    • Cain MA, Brumley J, Louis-Jacques A, Drerup M, Stern M, Louis JM. A Pilot Study of a Sleep Intervention Delivered through Group Prenatal Care to Overweight and Obese Women. Behav Sleep Med. 2019 May.18(4):477-487. Pubmedid: 31130005.
    • Gray HL, Buro AW, Barrera Ikan J, Wang W, Stern M. School-level factors associated with obesity: A systematic review of longitudinal studies. Obes Rev. 2019 Jul.20(7):1016-1032. Pubmedid: 31013544.
    • LaRosa KN, Stern M, Lynn C, Hudson J, Reed DR, Donovan KA, Quinn GP. Provider perceptions' of a patient navigator for adolescents and young adults with cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2019 Feb.27(11):4091-4098. Pubmedid: 30778757. Pmcid: PMC6698436.
    • Mazzeo SE, Burnette CB, Stern M, Thornton LM, Bulik CM, Evans RK, Gow RW. Recruitment and retention of families interested in a parent-based pediatric obesity intervention. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2019 Dec.16:100467. Pubmedid: 31701041. Pmcid: PMC6831663.
    • Bean MK, Ingersoll KS, Powell P, Stern M, Evans RK, Wickham EP, Mazzeo SE. Impact of motivational interviewing on outcomes of an adolescent obesity treatment: results from the MI Values randomized controlled pilot trial. Clin Obes. 2018 Oct.8(5):323-326. Pubmedid: 29931804. Pmcid: PMC6158038.
    • Stern M, Bleck J, Ewing LJ, Davila E, Lynn C, Hale G, Mazzeo S. NOURISH-T: Targeting caregivers to improve health behaviors in pediatric cancer survivors with obesity. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2018 May.65(5):e26941. Pubmedid: 29350459. Pmcid: PMC5867222.
    • Lydecker JA, Simpson C, Kwitowski M, Gow RW, Stern M, Bulik CM, Mazzeo SE. Evaluation of Parent-Reported Feeding Practices in a Racially Diverse, Treatment-Seeking Child Overweight/Obesity Sample. Child Health Care. 2017 Sep.46(3):265-281. Pubmedid: 28959085. Pmcid: PMC5612484.
    • LaRosa KN, Stern M, Bleck J, Lynn C, Hudson J, Reed DR, Quinn GP, Donovan KA. Adolescent and Young Adult Patients with Cancer: Perceptions of Care. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2017 Dec.6(4):512-518. Pubmedid: 28537818. Pmcid: PMC5725627.
    • Reed DR, Oshrine B, Pratt C, Fridgen O, Elstner C, Wilson L, Soliman H, Lee MC, McLeod HL, Shah B, Donovan KA, Pabbathi S, Turney M, Binitie O, Healy C, Nieder M, Shaw PH, Galligan A, Letson GD, Stern M, Quinn GP, Davies S. Sink or Collaborate: How the Immersive Model Has Helped Address Typical Adolescent and Young Adult Barriers at a Single Institution and Kept the Adolescent and Young Adult Program Afloat. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2017 Dec.6(4):503-511. Pubmedid: 28777007. Pmcid: PMC5725631.
    • Foster RH, Brouwer AM, Dillon R, Bitsko MJ, Godder K, Stern M. "Cancer was a speed bump in my path to enlightenment:" A qualitative analysis of situational coping experiences among young adult survivors of childhood cancer. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2017 Aug.35(4):377-392. Pubmedid: 28332951.
    • Stern M, Bachar E, Ronen Ackerman E, Rancourt D, Bonne O, Weintraub M. Weight Trajectories of Israeli Pediatric Cancer Survivors. J Pediatr Psychol. 2017 06.42(5):588-597. Pubmedid: 28130395.
    • Brumley J, Cain MA, Stern M, Louis JM. Gestational Weight Gain and Breastfeeding Outcomes in Group Prenatal Care. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2016 Sep.61(5):557-562. Pubmedid: 27428789.
    • Leibach GG, Stern M, Arelis AA, Islas MA, Barajas BV. Mental Health and Health-Related Quality of Life in Multiple Sclerosis Caregivers in Mexico. Int J MS Care. 2016 Jan.18(1):19-26. Pubmedid: 26917994. Pmcid: PMC4766947.
    • Mazzeo SE, Lydecker J, Harney M, Palmberg AA, Kelly NR, Gow RW, Bean MK, Thornton LM, Tanofsky-Kraff M, Bulik CM, Latzer Y, Stern M. Development and preliminary effectiveness of an innovative treatment for binge eating in racially diverse adolescent girls. Eat Behav. 2016 08.22:199-205. Pubmedid: 27299699. Pmcid: PMC4983205.
    • Lamanna J, Trapp S, Russell C, Stern M. Preparing for the future: An examination of healthcare provider and patient communication regarding childhood cancer survivorship. Child Care Health Dev. 2015 Nov.41(6):1047-1056. Pubmedid: 25338746.
    • Stern M, Ewing L, Davila E, Thompson AL, Hale G, Mazzeo S. Design and rationale for NOURISH-T: a randomized control trial targeting parents of overweight children off cancer treatment. Contemp Clin Trials. 2015 Mar.41:227-237. Pubmedid: 25559916. Pmcid: PMC8077729.
    • Browning MG, Bean MK, Wickham EP, Stern M, Evans RK. Cardiometabolic and Fitness Improvements in Obese Girls Who Either Gained or Lost Weight during Treatment. J Pediatr. 2015 Jun.166(6):1364-1369. Pubmedid: 25890676. Pmcid: PMC4446179.
    • Foster RH, Stern M. Peer and romantic relationships among adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood hematological cancer: a review of challenges and positive outcomes. Acta Haematol. 2014 Nov.132(3-4):375-382. Pubmedid: 25228563.
    • Palmberg AA, Stern M, Kelly NR, Bulik C, Belgrave FZ, Trapp SK, Hofmeier SM, Mazzeo SE. Adolescent Girls and Their Mothers Talk About Experiences of Binge and Loss of Control Eating. J Child Fam Stud. 2014 Nov.23(8):1403-1416. Pubmedid: 25400491. Pmcid: PMC4228966.
    • Ning Y, Yang S, Evans RK, Stern M, Sun S, Francis GL, Wickham EP. Changes in body anthropometry and composition in obese adolescents in a lifestyle intervention program. Eur J Nutr. 2014 Jun.53(4):1093-1102. Pubmedid: 24212451.
    • Slosky LE, Stern M, Burke NL, Siminoff LA. Decision Making in the PICU: An Examination of Factors Influencing Participation Decisions in Phase III Randomized Clinical Trials. Int J Pediatr. 2014 Aug.2014:676023. Pubmedid: 25161672. Pmcid: PMC4138893.
    • Mazzeo SE, Kelly NR, Stern M, Gow RW, Cotter EW, Thornton LM, Evans RK, Bulik CM. Parent skills training to enhance weight loss in overweight children: evaluation of NOURISH. Eat Behav. 2014 Apr.15(2):225-229. Pubmedid: 24854808. Pmcid: PMC4672736.
    • Foster RH, Russell CC, Dillon R, Bitsko MJ, Godder K, Stern M. Relations among optimism, perceived health vulnerability, and academic, self-regulatory, and social self-efficacy in adolescent survivors of childhood cancer. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2014.32(2):207-223. Pubmedid: 24364903.
    • Mazzeo SE, Kelly NR, Stern M, Palmberg AA, Belgrave FZ, Tanofsky-Kraff M, Latzer Y, Bulik CM. LIBER8 design and methods: an integrative intervention for loss of control eating among African American and White adolescent girls. Contemp Clin Trials. 2013 Jan.34(1):174-185. Pubmedid: 23142669. Pmcid: PMC4025958.
    • Trapp SK, Woods JD, Grove A, Stern M. Male coping processes as demonstrated in the context of a cancer-related social support group. Support Care Cancer. 2013 Feb.21(2):619-627. Pubmedid: 22903162.
    • Gerke CK, Mazzeo SE, Stern M, Palmberg AA, Evans RK, Wickham EP. The stress process and eating pathology among racially diverse adolescents seeking treatment for obesity. J Pediatr Psychol. 2013 Aug.38(7):785-793. Pubmedid: 23853156. Pmcid: PMC3721190.
    • Mazzeo SE, Kelly NR, Stern M, Gow RW, Serdar K, Evans RK, Jones RM, Bulik CM. Nourishing Our Understanding of Role Modeling to Improve Support and Health (NOURISH): design and methods. Contemp Clin Trials. 2012 May.33(3):515-522. Pubmedid: 22273843. Pmcid: PMC3326640.
    • Bean MK, Mazzeo SE, Stern M, Bowen D, Ingersoll K. A values-based Motivational Interviewing (MI) intervention for pediatric obesity: study design and methods for MI Values. Contemp Clin Trials. 2011 Sep.32(5):667-674. Pubmedid: 21554994. Pmcid: PMC3148306.
    • Bean MK, Mazzeo SE, Stern M, Evans RK, Bryan D, Ning Y, Wickham EP, Laver J. Six-month dietary changes in ethnically diverse, obese adolescents participating in a multidisciplinary weight management program. Clin Pediatr. 2011 May.50(5):408-416. Pubmedid: 21224253. Pmcid: PMC3683394.
    • Stern M, Krivoy E, Foster RH, Bitsko M, Toren A, Ben-Arush M. Psychosocial functioning and career decision-making in Israeli adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2010 Oct.55(4):708-713. Pubmedid: 20589658.
    • Porter JS, Bean MK, Gerke CK, Stern M. Psychosocial factors and perspectives on weight gain and barriers to weight loss among adolescents enrolled in obesity treatment. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2010 Jun.17(2):98-102. Pubmedid: 20119710.
    • Foster RH, Kozachek S, Stern M, Elsea SH. Caring for the caregivers: an investigation of factors related to well-being among parents caring for a child with Smith-Magenis syndrome. J Genet Couns. 2010 Apr.19(2):187-198. Pubmedid: 20151318.
    • Evans RK, Franco RL, Stern M, Wickham EP, Bryan DL, Herrick JE, Larson NY, Abell AM, Laver JH. Evaluation of a 6-month multi-disciplinary healthy weight management program targeting urban, overweight adolescents: effects on physical fitness, physical activity, and blood lipid profiles. Int J Pediatr Obes. 2009 Oct.4(3):130-133. Pubmedid: 18720175.
    • Wickham EP, Stern M, Evans RK, Bryan DL, Moskowitz WB, Clore JN, Laver JH. Prevalence of the metabolic syndrome among obese adolescents enrolled in a multidisciplinary weight management program: clinical correlates and response to treatment. Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 2009 Jun.7(3):179-186. Pubmedid: 19450141. Pmcid: PMC3135889.
    • Bitsko MJ, Stern M, Dillon R, Russell EC, Laver J. Happiness and time perspective as potential mediators of quality of life and depression in adolescent cancer. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2008 Mar.50(3):613-619. Pubmedid: 17879282.
    • Dusing SC, Murray T, Stern M. Parent preferences for motor development education in the neonatal intensive care unit. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2008 Dec.20(4):363-368. Pubmedid: 19011527.
    • Stern M, Mazzeo SE, Gerke CK, Porter JS, Bean MK, Laver JH. Gender, ethnicity, psychosocial factors, and quality of life among severely overweight, treatment-seeking adolescents. J Pediatr Psychol. 2007 Mar.32(1):90-94. Pubmedid: 16818482.
    • Stern M, Karraker K, McIntosh B, Moritzen S, Olexa M. Prematurity stereotyping and mothers' interactions with their premature and full-term infants during the first year. J Pediatr Psychol. 2006 Jul.31(6):597-607. Pubmedid: 16079419.
    • Zak-Place J, Stern M. Health belief factors and dispositional optimism as predictors of STD and HIV preventive behavior. J Am Coll Health. 2004 Mar.52(5):229-236. Pubmedid: 15029945.
    • Stern M, Moritzen SK, Carmel S, Olexa-Andrews M. The prematurity stereotype in Israeli health care providers. Med Educ. 2001 Feb.35(2):129-133. Pubmedid: 11169084.
    • Elbedour S, Van Slyck MR, Stern M. Psychosocial adjustment in middle eastern adolescents: the relative impact of violent vs. non-violent social disorganization. Community Ment Health J. 1998 Apr.34(2):191-205. Pubmedid: 9620163.
    • Stern M, Norman S, Komm C. Medical students' differential use of coping strategies as a function of stressor type, year of training, and gender. Behav Med. 1993.18(4):173-180. Pubmedid: 8461489.
    • Stern M, Arenson E. Childhood cancer stereotype: impact on adult perceptions of children. J Pediatr Psychol. 1989 Dec.14(4):593-605. Pubmedid: 2607395.
    • Stern M, Karraker KH. Prematurity stereotyping by mothers of premature infants. J Pediatr Psychol. 1988 Jun.13(2):255-263. Pubmedid: 3171818.
    • Stern M, Hildebrandt KA. Prematurity stereotyping: effects on mother-infant interaction. Child Dev. 1986 Apr.57(2):308-315. Pubmedid: 3956315.
    • Tebbi CK, Stern M, Boyle M, Mettlin CJ, Mindell ER. The role of social support systems in adolescent cancer amputees. Cancer. 1985 Aug.56(4):965-971. Pubmedid: 4016690.
    • Stern M, Northman JE, Van Slyck MR. Father absence and adolescent "problem behaviors": alcohol consumption, drug use and sexual activity. Adolescence. 1984 Jul.19(74):302-312. Pubmedid: 6464814.

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