Nancy Lau, PhD

I am a clinical psychologist and researcher currently funded as a K12 Implementation Science Scholar (Career Development Award: 5K12 HL137940-02). My research focuses on pediatric psychology, intervention science, and leveraging mHealth technologies to disseminate and implement evidence-based psychosocial interventions for Adolescents and Young Adults (AYAs) with cancer and other serious medical conditions. mHealth interventions confer the advantages of instant availability, anonymity, self-pacing, the ability to reach patients in remote areas and those traditionally underserved, and cost-effectiveness due to reduced personnel and infrastructure requirements. Current and future research investigations aim to help improve patient and family coping skills, psychosocial well-being, and quality of life by increasing access to evidence-based care.


BA, University of California, Berkeley
MA, Harvard University
PhD, Harvard University

Department Affiliations

Other Affiliations

Seattle Children’s Research Institute (SCRI)
Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR)
Palliative Care and Resilience Research Lab (PCAR)

Recent Publications

What Does it Mean to be an Excellent Mentor? J. Randall "Randy" Curtis' Living Legacy.
(2022 Jun)
J Pain Symptom Manage 63(6): e657-e659
McDermott CL, Coats H, Bernacki GM, Blakeney EA, Brown CE, Lau N, Lee RY, Modes ME, Steineck A, Steiner JM, Taylor MR, Kross EK

(2021 May)
Pediatr eJ 63(): 26-30
Lau N, Rosenberg AR

Inclusion of Patient-Reported Outcomes in Adolescent and Young Adult Phase III Therapeutic Trials: An Analysis of Cancer Clinical Trials Registered on
(2021 Dec)
Value Health 24(12): 1820-1827
Berkman AM, Murphy KM, Siembida EJ, Lau N, Geng Y, Parsons SK, Salsman JM, Roth ME

Telemental Health For Youth With Chronic Illnesses: Systematic Review.
(2021 Aug 27)
JMIR Ment Health 8(8): e30098
Lau N, Colt SF, Waldbaum S, O'Daffer A, Fladeboe K, Yi-Frazier JP, McCauley E, Rosenberg AR

Popular Evidence-Based Commercial Mental Health Apps: Analysis of Engagement, Functionality, Aesthetics, and Information Quality.
(2021 Jul 14)
JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 9(7): e29689
Lau N, O'Daffer A, Yi-Frazier JP, Rosenberg AR

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