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Heather Bemis

Graduate Student
Research Area: Clinical Science

My primary research interests include psychological adjustment and family interaction among families of children with cancer and other chronic illnesses, as well as the effects of social and healthcare disparities on these processes.

Representative Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Bemis, H., Yarboi, J., Gerhardt, C.A., Vannatta, K., Desjardins, L., Murphy, L., Rodriguez, E.M., & Compas, B.E. (2015). Childhood cancer in context:  Sociodemographic factors, stress, and psychological distress among mothers and children. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40, 733-743.

Compas, B.E., Bemis, H., Gerhardt, C.A., Dunn, M.J., Rodriguez, E.M., Desjardins, L., Preacher, K., Manring, S., & Vannatta, K. (2015). Mothers and fathers coping with their child’s cancer: Individual and interpersonal processes and symptoms of depression. Health Psychology, 34, 783-793.

Murphy, L.K., Rodriguez, E.M., Gerhardt, C.A., Vannatta, K., Schwartz, L., Saylor, M., Bemis, H., Desjardins, L., & Compas, B.E. (2015, in press). Longitudinal associations among maternal communication and adolescent posttraumatic stress symptoms after cancer diagnosis. Psycho-Oncology. Advance online publication doi: 10.1002/pon.3918

Compas, B.E., Desjardins, L., Vannatta, K., Young-Saleme, T., Rodriguez, E.M., Dunn, M., Bemis, H., Snyder, S., & Gerhardt, C.A. (2014). Children and adolescents coping with cancer: Self- and parent-reports of coping and anxiety/depression. Health Psychology, 33, 853-861.

Greer, J.A., Traeger, L., Bemis, H., Solis, J., Hendriksen, E.S., Park, E.R., Pirl, W.F., Temel, J.S., Prigerson, H.G., & Safren, S.A. (2012). A pilot randomized controlled trial of brief cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety in patients with terminal cancer. The Oncologist, 17, 1337-1345.

Pirl, W.F., Traeger, L., Greer, J.A., Bemis, H., Gallagher, E., Lennes, I., Sequist, L.V., Heist, R.S., & Temel, J.S. (2011). Tumor epidermal growth factor receptor genotype and depression in stage IV non-small cell lung cancer. The Oncologist, 16, 1299-1306. 

Conference Paper Presentations

Bemis, H., Desjardins, L., Murphy, L., Vannatta, K., Gerhardt, C. A., & Compas, B.E. (2014, November). Coping and risk for depression among mothers of children with cancer: Implications for early intervention. Paper presentation at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 48th Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Desjardins, L., Bemis, H., Murphy, L., Vannatta, K., Gerhardt, C. A., & Compas, B.E. (2014, November). Children coping with cancer: Cross-informant longitudinal predictors of anxiety/depression from diagnosis to 12-months. Paper presentation at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 48th Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Murphy, L., Bemis, H., Desjardins, L., Gerhardt, C.A., Vannatta, K., & Compas, B.E. (2014, November). Maternal communication mediates relation between maternal and adolescent posttraumatic stress after adolescent cancer diagnosis. Paper presentation at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 48th Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Traeger, L., Greer, J., Bemis, H., Temel, J., Park, E., Pirl, W. (2010, April). Dyspnea and panicamong newly diagnosed non-small cell lung cancer patients. Paper presentation at the 32nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Conference Poster Presentations

Yarboi, J., Bemis, H., Lord, J., Williams, E., DeBaun, M., & Compas, B. E. (2015, May). Internalizing and externalizing problems in children with sickle cell disease: Associations with coping and parent depression. Poster presentation at the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, New York City, NY.

Bemis, H., Yarboi, J., Williams, E.K., Lord, J., DeBaun, M., & Compas, B.E. (2015, April). Demographic Factors Impact Parenting Stress Among Parents of Children with Sickle Cell Disease. Poster presentation at the 36th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Antonio, TX.

Yarboi, J., Bemis, H., Lord, J., Williams, E., DeBaun, M., & Compas, B. E. (2015, April). Disease-related parenting stress in caregivers of children with sickle cell disease. Poster presentation at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

Murphy, L., Bemis, H., Desjardins, L., Dunn, M., Rodriguez, E.M., Gerhardt, C.A., Vannatta, K., & Compas, B.E. (2014, November). Course and Risk Factors for Adolescent, Maternal, and Paternal Posttraumatc Stress Symptoms After Adolescent Cancer Diagnosis. Poster presentation at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 48th Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Yarboi, J., Bemis, H., Lord, J., Williams, E.K., DeBaun, M., & Compas, B.E. (2014, September). Social environmental factors and cognitive function in children with sickle cell disease. Poster presentation at the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN.

Bemis, H., Desjardins, L., Murphy, L., Rodriguez, E., Dunn, M., Vannatta, K., Gerhardt, C. A., & Compas, B.E. (2014, March). Observed Positive Parenting Behaviors Among Mothers of Pediatric Cancer Patients:  Examining the Impacts of Child Age, Sociodemographic Factors, and Cancer-Related Stress. Poster presentation at the Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Murphy, L., Rodriguez, E., Bemis, H., Desjardins, L., Zuckerman, T., Gerhardt, C. A., Vannatta, K., Saylor, M., & Compas, B.E. (2014, March). Mother and adolescent distress due to cancer diagnosis is mediated by maternal communication. Poster presentation at the Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Desjardins, L., Rodriguez, E., Dunn, M., Bemis, H., Murphy, L. Gerhardt, C.A., Vannatta, K., & Compas, B.E. (2014, March) Observed Emotional Distress in Adolescents Diagnosed with Cancer: Investigating the Influence of Mother and Child Psychological Distress. Poster presentation at the Society for Research on Adolescence 15th Biennial Meeting, Austin, TX.

Murphy, L., Rodriguez, E., Dunn, M., Bemis, H., Desjardins, L., Gerhardt, C. A., Vannatta, K., Saylor, M., & Compas, B.E. (2014, March). Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms after Adolescent Cancer Diagnosis: Effects of Previous Family Experience with Cancer. Poster presentation at the Society for Research on Adolescence 15th Biennial Meeting, Austin, TX.

Bemis, H., Murphy, L., Desjardins, L., Gerhardt, C.A., Vannatta, K., & Compas, B.E. (2013, November). Effects of Depression on Observed Parenting in Mothers of Children with Cancer. Poster presentation at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 47th Annual Convention, Nashville, TN.

Desjardins, L., Bemis, H., Murphy, L. Gerhardt, C.A., Vannatta, K., & Compas, B.E. (2013, November). Associations Between Parent and Child Symptoms of Emotional Distress at time of Child's Cancer Diagnosis. Poster presentation at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 47th Annual Convention, Nashville, TN.

Murphy, L., Bemis, H., Desjardins, L., Rodriguez, E., Dunn, M., Vannatta, K., Gerhardt, C. A., & Compas, B.E. (2013, November). Maternal Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms and Mother-Child Communication about Child Cancer. Poster presentation at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 47th Annual Convention, Nashville, TN.

Bemis, H., Dunn, M.J., Gerhardt, C.A., Vannatta, K., & Compas, B.E. (2013, April). Differential Levels of Stress and Distress in Single Versus Partnered Mothers of Children with Cancer. Poster presentation at the Society of Pediatric Psychology National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Bemis, H., Dunn, M.J., Rodriguez, E.R., Gerhardt, C.A., Vannatta, K., & Compas, B.E. (2013, April). Parents Coping With Their Child’s Cancer: Individual and Dyadic Associations Between Coping and Depressive Symptoms. Poster presentation at the 2013 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Yarboi, J., Bemis, H., Rodriguez, E.R., Dunn, M.J., Gerhardt, C.A., Vannatta, K., & Compas, B.E. (2013, April). The Effects of Single Parenting on Distress and Coping in Children with Cancer. Poster presentation at the 2013 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Phillips, C.A, Hardcastle, E., Desjardins, L., Ruiz, R., Bemis, H., Arrington, J., Feldman, R., Murphy, A., Compas, B., & Friedman, D. (2013, May). Psychosocial health in survivors of adult versus childhood cancer. Poster presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology 49th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Lennes, I., Temel, J., Greer, J., Jacobson, J., Park, E., Jackson, V., Gallagher, E., Bemis, H., & Pirl, W. (2011, June). ASCO Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) Quality Measures for Smoking Cessation and Survival in Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). Poster presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology 47th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Greer, J., Bemis, H., Traeger, L., Hendriksen, E., Pirl, W., Temel, J., & Safren, S. (2011, April). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety in Patients with Terminal Cancer.  Poster presentation at the 32nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Pirl, W., Greer, J., Bemis, H., Gallagher, E., Lennes, I., Traeger, L., & Temel, J. (2011, February). Depression and Survival in Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: Relationships with Tumor Genotypes. Poster presentation at the American Psychosocial Oncology Society 8th Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA.

Bemis, H., Traeger, L., Hendriksen, E., Smith, K., & Greer, J. (2010, November). Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety and Cancer. Poster presentation at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 44th Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Pirl, W.F., Greer, J.A., Bemis, H., Heist, R.S., Gallagher, E., Sequist, L.V., Engelman, J.A., Traeger, L., Lennes, I.T., & Temel, J.S. (2010, June). Depression and EGFR Mutation Status in Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. Poster presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology 46th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.