Lisa A. Schwartz, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Schwartz is also an attending psychologist in the Division of Oncology and the Psychologist for the Cancer Survivorship Program. She is a Member of the Abramson Cancer Center and on the internal advisory board of the LiveSTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Schwartz’s research examines the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults (AYA) with chronic health conditions, with an emphasis on facilitating optimal transition to adulthood and adult-based health care for this vulnerable population. This work has mostly targeted AYA affected by cancer (e.g., on treatment, long-term survivors, or those at-risk for cancer based on family history). Specifically, she examines developmental, health, and psychological outcomes, as well as health behaviors and engagement in health care.
Dr. Schwartz developed (along with Lisa Tuchman, MD) the Social-Ecological Model of AYA Readiness to Transition (SMART) to inform her research program on transition readiness for survivors of childhood cancer who need life-long follow-up care in the adult medical system. Following a tradition of family-centered care and social-ecological research at CHOP, the model emphasizes the importance of considering multiple systems (e.g., culture, medical and family systems), multiple perspectives (i.e., patient, parent, provider) and individual characteristics (e.g., goals, beliefs, knowledge, skills, developmental maturity). She is currently using the model to inform the development of a new measure of transition readiness that will have patient, parent, and provider versions.
Dr. Schwartz is also an investigator on 2 related studies examining health behaviors, psychological adjustment, and biological risk factors of girls at risk for cancer based on family history of breast cancer. She is also a mentee on Dr. Anne Kazak’s K05 mentorship grant from the NCI and was an investigator on other NCI-funded studies that have examined the impact of health on personal goal pursuit (i.e., health-related hindrance-- a construct she developed), psychological and health-related outcomes of long-term cancer survivors, and the efficacy of a computerized supportive intervention for families of children undergoing a bone marrow transplant. In addition, Dr. Schwartz studied predictors of engagement in care for long-term survivors through funding from the Aflac Young Investigator Award in AYA Oncology.
Dr. Schwartz plans to continue to identify risk and protective factors of AYA affected by cancer, with the goal of developing interventions to facilitate optimal transition to adulthood and engagement in adult-based medical care.
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