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Leandra Desjardins

Graduate Student
Research Area: Clinical Science

Currently a fifth year student in clinical psychology. I'm interested in the relations between coping, cognitive functioning, and social adjustment in children with chronic illnesses, particularly cancer. I am a member of the Compas lab and work on the Coping and Communication and Cognitive Remediation for Pediatric Brain Tumors projects. My dissertation focuses on examining the relations between social adjustment and coping in children diagnosed with cancer across the first year from diagnosis.

Representative Publications

Thigpen, J. C., Pearson, M., Robinson, K. E., Andreotti, C., Dunbar, J. P., Watson, K. H., Desjardins, L., Holmes, L., Byram, R., Fraley, C., & Compas, B. E. (in press). Pre-surgical assessment of cognitive function in pediatric brain tumor patients: feasibility and initial findings. Child Neuropsychology

Rodriguez, E. M., Murphy, L., Vannatta, K., Gerhardt, C. A., Young-Saleme, T., Saylor, M., Bemis, H., Desjardins, L., Dunn, M. J., & Compas, B. E. (2015). Maternal Coping and Depressive Symptoms as Predictors of Mother–Child Communication About a Child’s Cancer. Journal of pediatric psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsv106

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

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.

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.


Doctoral Graduate Student Research Fellowship - Fonds de la Recherche en Sante du Quebec (FRSQ)

University Center for Excellence In Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) - Vanderbilt University Kennedy Center

Masters Graduate Student Research Fellowship - Fonds de la Recherche en Sante du Quebec (FRSQ)

Undergraduate Summer Research Award - Fonds de la Recherche en Sante du Quebec (FRSQ)

Undergraduate Summer Research Award - Natural Sciences and Engineering Research