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(615) 322-8306
309A Hobbs

Research Area

  • Clinical Science
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Education

    Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles, 1980)

    Current Courses

    Psychobiology of Stress and Coping (graduate)

    Pediatric Health Psychology (graduate)

    Psychopathology (graduate)


    Definitely interested in accepting new graduate students for Fall 2017


    Society for Research in Child Development

    Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

    Bruce Compas

    Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair of Psychology and Human Development
    Professor of Pediatrics
    Investigator, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development

    Bruce Compas is the Patricia and Rodes Hart Professsor of Psychology and Human Development, Professor of Pediatrics; Investigator, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research in Human Development; and Member of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. His research is focused on processes of coping and emotion-regulation in response to stress and adversity in children, adolescents, and adults. He is specifically interested in the relationships of coping and emotion-regulation with both physical health/illness and psychopathology, and the development of interventions to enhance the ways that individuals and families cope with stress. His research involves both laboratory methods to study basic behavioral and biological processes, and clinical research to understand coping and emotion-regulation in the context of psychopathology and physical illness. Current studies include (a) development and evaluation of the effects of a family cognitive-behavioral preventive intervention for children and adolescents coping with the effects of parental depression; (b) communication, coping and adjustment in pediatric cancer patients and their parents; (c) cognitive remediation to address neurocognitive effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy in children with brain and central nervous system tumors; (d) neurocognitive deficits in children with sickle cell disease; (e) neurocognitive deficits in children with congenital heart disease. His research is funded by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), and generous gifts from Patricia and Rodes Hart and other anonymous donors.

    Current research focuses on:

    (1) Family Cognitive-Behavioral Prevention of Depression in Families of Depressed Parents (NIMH); (2) Parent-Child Communication and Coping with Pediatric Cancer (NCI); (3) Remediation of Neurocognitive Problems in Children with  Central Nervous System Tumors (NCI); (4) Neurocognitive Function in Children with Sickle Cell Disease (NICHD); (5) Neurocognitive Function in Children with Congenital Heart Disease; (6) Enhancing Coping and Communication in Children with Cancer and Their Parents: A Novel Internet-Based Intervention (ALSF).

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