Primary Practice Location:University Hospital 2500 N. State St. Jackson, MS 39216
Appointments: (888) 815-2005
Areas of Practice: Children's Cancer, Children's Hematology/Oncology, Psychology
Dr. Cynthia Karlson received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Florida and completed her Ph.D. in clinical health psychology from the University of Kansas. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson, MS. Dr. Karlson was recruited as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the UMMC Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology/Oncology in 2013. Dr. Karlson’s clinical interests include psychosocial adjustment and neurocognitive concerns of children with cancer and sickle cell disease. Her research program focuses on chronic pain and sleep disturbance in children with cancer and sickle cell disease. She is currently investigating how child (e.g., mood, sleep, physical activity) and family factors (e.g., parental emotions) interact with the experience of pain in children with cancer and sickle cell disease. Other research projects include determining risk factors for neurocognitive deficits in children with cancer and sickle cell disease and examining the longitudinal trajectory of psychosocial adjustment in families of children with cancer and sickle cell disease. Dr. Karlson works with students at all levels of training as a research mentor (undergraduates to medical fellows). She also supervises clinical psychology doctoral students in psychological evidence-based interventions.