Amanda Kracen, PhD

Kracen

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Webster Hall 331

amandakracen27@webster.edu
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14-246-8704

 

 

Education

PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University
MS, Virginia Commonwealth University
BA, Brown University

Courses Frequently Taught

Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Clinical Psychology
Personality Theory
Abnormal Psychology 

Research Interests

Psycho-oncology
Cancer survivorship
Resiliency
Mindfulness
Motivational Interviewing
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Clinical training and supervision
International psychology 

Selected Publications and Presentations

Peer-reviewed publications 

Deshields, T., Kracen, A.C., Nanna, S., & Kimbro, L. (in press). Psychosocial staffing at National Comprehensive Cancer Network member institutions: Data from leading cancer centers. Psycho-Oncology. 

Deshields, T., Heiland, M., Kracen, A.C., & Dua, P. (in press). Resilience in adults with cancer: Development of a conceptual model. Psycho-Oncology. 

Kracen, A.C., Mastnak, J.M., Loaiza, K.A., & Matthieu, M.M. (2013). Group therapy among OEF/OIF veterans: Treatment barriers and preferences. Military Medicine, 178, 146-149. 

Edinboro, P., McClish, D., Kracen, A.C., Bowen, D., & Fries, E. (2008). Fruit and vegetable Dietary behavior in response to a low intensity dietary intervention: The Rural Physician Cancer Prevention Project. Journal of Rural Health, 24, 299-305.

Kracen, A.C., Matsuyama, R., Reddy, S., & Smith, T. (2006). Non-small cell lung cancer: A patient’s end of life decision to pursue chemotherapy. The American Journal of Hematology/Oncology, 5, 687-690. 

Baird, K., & Kracen, A.C. (2006). Vicarious trauma and secondary traumatic stress: A research synthesis. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 19, 181-188. 

Rooney, N., & Kracen, A.C. (2003). Training students in basic counseling skills: Fostering peer support at Trinity College Dublin. Eisteach: A Quarterly Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2, 21-23. 

Edited book

Kracen, A.C., & Wallace, I. (Eds.). (2008). Applying to graduate school in psychology: Advice from successful students and prominent psychologists. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 

Book chapters 

Kracen, A.C. & Deshields, T.L. (2013). Managing compassion fatigue among professional cancer caregivers: Understanding the problem and possible treatment strategies. In A. Thurgood & K. Schuldt (Eds.), Caregivers: Challenges, Practices and Cultural Influences.  New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 

Kracen, A.C. (2008). Making a final decision.In A.C. Kracen & I. Wallace (Eds.), Applying to Graduate School in Psychology: Advice from Successful Graduate Students and Prominent Psychologists. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 

Kracen, A.C., Zeinoun, P., Wu, J., & Stevens, M.J. (2008). Home sweet home: Issues for international students to consider when returning home. In N. Hasan, N. Fouad, & C. Williams-Nickelson (Eds.), Studying Psychology in the United States: Expert Guidance for International Students. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 

Additional publications

ASSOCIATION

Nicholas, D., Pashak, T., & Kracen, A.C. (2014). Adult cancer. APA Center for Psychology and Health: Briefing Series on the Role of Psychology in Healthcare. http://www.apa.org/health/briefs/adult-cancer.pdf 

Kracen, A.C., Ingram, K. M., Lyckholm, L. J., & Smith, T. J. (2010). Oncologists’ mindfulness, health, well-being, and patient care. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 28, (suppl; abstr e16527). 

Kracen, A.C. (Ed.). (2003). A peer support training manual. Trinity College Dublin: Dublin, Ireland. 

Kracen, A.C. (2003). The mental health initiative: A resource manual for mental health promotion and suicide prevention in third level institutions. Trinity College Dublin: Dublin, Ireland. 

Academic conference presentations 

Kracen, A. C. (2014, February). Bringing baby on board: Using ACT to treat anxiety in a cancer survivor. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, Tampa, FL.   (Selected for Best Case Poster Award) 

Jungheim, E., Omurtag, K, Kracen, A.C., & Dua, P. (2013, October). Fertility preservation trends among male cancer survivors. Conference presentation presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Boston, MA. 

Kracen, A. C. (2013, February). Ethical issues to address in clinical supervision in psycho-oncology. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, Huntington Beach, CA. 

Pashak, T. J., Kracen, A. C., & Handal, P. J. (2013, February). Developmental patterns in distress response to cancer experiences. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, Huntington Beach, CA. 

Deshields, T., Nanna, S., Kracen, A., & Liu, E. (2013, February). Streamlining distress screening in the oncology clinic setting. Podium presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, Huntington Beach, CA. 

Kracen, A.C. (2010, June). Keeping burnout at bay.  Invited presentation on panel discussion at the annual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology, Chicago. 

Kracen, A.C., Masten, W., Rubin, N., & Horne, S. (2006, August). International psychology: Opportunities for students and early career psychologists. Panel presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, New Orleans.