Amanda Kracen, PhD | Webster University

Amanda Kracen, PhD


Assistant Professor of Psychology
Browning Hall, ISB 315





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


Amanda Kracen, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. She enjoys teaching, mentoring, and advising students; she was selected as the Advisor of the Year (2018) at Webster University. Dr. Kracen has taught internationally at Webster University Thailand and in St. Maarten and Ireland. She is a licensed psychologist in part-time private practice and specializes in seeing individuals coping with cancer, caregivers, and healthcare providers. Previously, Dr. Kracen was a psychologist at the Siteman Cancer Center and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She has also worked in oncology and palliative care teams at the St. Louis Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Massey Cancer Center in Richmond, VA. Her research focuses on psychosocial issues in oncology, the health and well-being of healthcare professionals, and professional ethics.

Courses Frequently Taught

Introduction to Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology and Women
Introduction to Clinical Psychology
Human Sexuality
Judgment and Decision Making

Research Interests

Psycho-oncology and cancer survivorship
Health and well-being of healthcare professionals
Motivational Interviewing
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Clinical training and supervision
International psychology
Qualitative research

Selected Publications and Presentations 

* Denotes a student co-author


  • Lozano, S., Kracen, A.C., Harper, F., & Traeger, L. (2018). Psychosocial perspectives of cancer care in Cuba and the United States. International Psychology Bulletin, Vol 22, Number 2, 55-57.
  • Kracen, A.C. (2017). Definitely not a home water birth: 83 days awaiting twins on an antenatal unit. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research, Vol 7, Number 3.
  • Kracen, A.C., & Baird, K. (2017).Exploring influence and autoethnography: A dialogue between two Counselling psychologists.  The European Journal of Counselling Psychology, Vol 6, Number 1.
  • Dua, P., Heiland, M., Kracen, A.C., & Deshields, T.  (2015). Cancer-related hair loss: A selective review of the alopecia research literature. Psycho-Oncology. doi:10.1002/pon.4039
  • Deshields, T., Kracen, A.C., Nanna, S., & Kimbro, L. (2015). Psychosocial staffing at National Comprehensive Cancer Network member institutions: Data from leading cancer centers. Psycho-Oncology. doi:10.1002/pon.3826 
  • Deshields, T., Heiland, M., Kracen, A.C., & Dua, P. (2015). Resilience in adults with cancer: Development of a conceptual model. Psycho-Oncology. doi:10.1002/pon.3800
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.  

Academic conference presentations 

  • Kracen, A. C. (2018, February). “Meet-the-Expert” roundtable discussion: Beginning clinicians navigating the field of psycho-oncology. Invited to serve as an expert at a roundtable discussion at the annual meeting of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, Tucson, AZ. 
  • Kracen, A. C. (2018, February). Opening remarks.In A. Kracen (Chair). Challenges, sustaining factors, rewards, and training recommendations: Findings from a qualitative study of 20 psychologists with experience working in oncology.Symposium at the annual meeting of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, Tucson, AZ.
  • Kracen, A. C. (2017, February). Recommendations for best ethics practices in psycho-oncology supervision and training programs. In M. Dwyer (Chair), “Considerations for training in psycho-oncology: Review of core aspects of successful programs.” Symposium at the annual meeting of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, Orlando, FL.
  • Kracen, A. C. (2015, August). The realities of providing psychological cancer care: An American clinician’s perspective.  In L. Traeger (Chair), Psychological care in cancer in Cuba and the United States: Accessibility, acceptability, and approaches.  Symposium at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto.
  • Kracen, A. C. (2015, July). Competency-based clinical supervision: New developments in the United States.In N. Taylor (Chair), The unspoken need: Developing standards and guidelines for training supervisors in psycho-oncology.  Symposium at the 2015 World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, Washington DC.
  • Gee, A.*, Tyler, A., Deshields, T., & Kracen, A. (2015, July). The relationship between cancer patients’resiliency and psychosocial distress. Poster presented at the World Congress of Psycho-Oncology,IPOS/APOS, Washington D.C
  • Gee, A.*, Heiland, M., Dua, P., Kracen, A., & Deshields, T. (2015, July). Coping and resilience in cancer survivors with cancer-related hair loss. Poster presented at the World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, IPOS/APOS, Washington D.C.
  • Kracen, A.C., Deshields, T., Nanna, S., & Kimbro, L. (2014, November). Psychosocial staffing: Data from leading cancer centers in the United States.  Podium presentation at Psicosalud2014, the 7th international conference on health psychology, Havana, Cuba.
  • 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.   (Won Best Case Study 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.