Pediatric hematology and oncology, treatment of children with sickle cell disease, central nervous system tumors, late effects of treatment and issues of survivorship
Dr. King’s research focuses on factors that impact a child’s opportunity to learn. From a biological standpoint, she studies how chronic diseases such as sickle cell disease or brain tumors alter cognition. In addition, Dr. King studies the environment’s influence on children’s development and participation. The goal of this work is to determine targets for intervention that will have the greatest impact on development and education. Her methods include psychological and performance-based assessment, environmental assessments via home or public health measures, and epidemiological tools to incorporate medical and social science measures. Dr. King's collaborators are from occupational therapy, pediatrics, public health, education, social work, neurology, psychology and radiology.
2015: PhD, Saint Louis University, Department of Education
2003: MPH, Saint Louis University
2000-2003: Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellow, St. Louis Children's Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
2002-2002: Visiting Fellow, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Children's National Medical Center, George Washington School of Medicine, Washington DC, Supervisor: Roger Packer, M.D.
1996-1999: Resident, St. Louis Children's Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
1996: MD, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia
1992: BS in electrical engineering, Washington University in St. Louis
Dr. King is a pediatric hematologist and oncologist. She focuses her research on educational outcomes of two populations of children with chronic diseases: children with sickle cell disease (SCD) and children with brain tumors. She is investigating variables related to academic achievement and self-sufficiency, including socioeconomic status and family dynamics.
Dr. King earned her BS in electrical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis in 1992, and graduated from medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1996. After training in a general pediatric residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. King was an instructor of pediatrics in newborn medicine before returning to the university for a fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology. During her fellowship, she also trained at Children’s National Medical Center in pediatric neuro-oncology and earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Saint Louis University in 2003. She earned her PhD in Education from Saint Louis University in 2015.
Adolescents with SCD have multiple challenges. In a recent study, it was reported that only 20% of high school-aged students with SCD completed high school in four years. Dr. King’s research is identifying community resources (vocational education, GED classes) to assist these children and their families. These educational and independent living transitions are taking place concurrently with transition to adult medical care.
Dr. King is also working on a public health project to education African Americans about their sickle trait status and is partnering with a local federally-qualified health center and local churches to complete education, trait testing and genetic counseling. Examples of projects Dr. King is working on include developing relationships with community associations to address educational attainment with these chronic diseases and develop programs to identify young adults with chronic diseases and poor educational attainment and referrals to local programs to assist them in obtaining tutoring, GEDs, and vocational rehabilitation. This triage program will eventually contribute to a self-management program for adolescents and young adults with SCD or brain tumors; evaluate educational attainment in children with brain tumors; evaluation daily living activities in children with brain tumors; evaluate executive function and attention in children with brain tumors; exploring the impact of these illnesses on the parents’ stress level or daily activities; and educate adolescents to improve independent living skills.
2009-present: ASH Scholar Award
2005: ASH Clinical Research Training Institute
2005-2009: Jacob Javits Junior Investigator Award
2003-2006: National Institutes of Health Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Award
2003-2004: American Heart Association Post Doctoral Fellowship Award
King, Allison, PhD, MD
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