I am currently involved in numerous research projects which explore childhood cancer survivors’ health and wellbeing, specifically their physical and psychological outcomes in long-term survivorship. Christina is particularly interested in cancer survivors’ health behaviours and engagement, as well as patient education, empowerment and self-advocacy. This is incredibly important given the often multiple and complex health problems that families must manage after their child finishes cancer treatment, and well into adulthood. My PhD focused on developing a model of care for the long-term follow-up of childhood cancer survivors and included data from the ANZCHOG Survivorship Study, involving one of the largest cohorts of Australian and New Zealand childhood cancer survivors in Australasia.
I have been a member of IPOS for many years now, and particularly active in the IPOS Paediatric SIG. I am an Editor for the quarterly Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals and Providers International (POPPI) newsletter, which is an international and interorganizational collaboration between IPOS, SIOP and APOS aimed at fostering international communication between clinicians and researchers in the field. More recently, I have joined the IPOS Survivorship SIG and look forward to contributing to important survivorship initiatives to advance research and care for families in cancer survivorship.