Grantee: Kimberly Canter, PhD

Kimberly Canter

Kimberly Canter, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist and Psychosocial Researcher
  • Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Dr. Canter is a pediatric psychologist and researcher, passionate about developing and implementing evidence-based, technology-enabled psychosocial interventions to decrease traumatic medical stress and enhance coping skills for children with cancer and their families. She has a specific interest in interventions that are wide-reaching and helpful in terms of increasing access and reducing healthcare disparities among underserved and underrepresented populations. To this end, she has spent the past several years developing and testing the Electronic Surviving Cancer Competently Intervention Program (eSCCIP), which is a cognitive-behavioral and family systems eHealth intervention for parents and other primary caregivers of children with cancer.

Dr. Canter's R01 will allow her to conduct a rigorous, multisite, randomized controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy of eSCCIP in English and Spanish in decreasing acute distress and symptoms of posttraumatic distress, and in improving coping self-efficacy and use of positive cognitive coping strategies. She will also examine patterns of user engagement and predictors of treatment gains, as well as conduct a preliminary analysis of costs and implementation strategies. Knowledge gained from this project will inform future studies focused on intervention optimization and scalability, and it is Dr. Canter's sincere hope that this study will help to establish eSCCIP as a useful and accessible intervention for all parents and caregivers of children with cancer.

My interest in serving this population began in college, when a lightbulb went off during an introductory psychology class. I had planned to pursue a career in medicine but was much more interested in the opportunity to help patients and families cope and manage stressors. My personal and professional experiences with cancer have fueled my passion to provide high-quality, accessible psychosocial care to families as they navigate what is likely one of the worst times of their lives.”