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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

"We'll deal with it as it comes": A Qualitative Analysis of Romantic Partners' Dyadic Coping in Cystic Fibrosis.
(2024 Apr)
J Soc Pers Relat 41(4): 689-705
Lau N, Ramos KJ, Aitken ML, Goss CH, Barton KS, Kross EK, Engelberg RA

Social skills deficits and self-appraisal biases in children with social anxiety disorder.
(2023 Sep)
J Child Fam Stud 32(9): 2889-2900
Lau N, Zhou AM, Yuan A, Parigoris R, Rosenberg AR, Weisz JR

"I won't get to live my life the way I planned it": A qualitative analysis of the experiences of adolescents and young adults with advanced cancer.
(2023 Oct)
Pediatr Blood Cancer 70(10): e30554
Barton KS, Steineck A, Walsh CA, Lau N, O'Donnell MB, Rosenberg AR

A systematic review of health-related quality of life outcomes in psychosocial intervention trials for adolescent and young adult cancer survivors.
(2023 Aug)
Crit Rev Oncol Hematol 188(): 104045
Murphy KM, Siembida E, Lau N, Berkman A, Roth M, Salsman JM

Efficacy and Conflicts of Interest in Randomized Controlled Trials Evaluating Headspace and Calm Apps: Systematic Review.
(2022 Sep 20)
JMIR Ment Health 9(9): e40924
O'Daffer A, Colt SF, Wasil AR, Lau N

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