Jill Popp, PhD

Research Manager, LEGO Foundation (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My research focuses on young children (ages 4-9) with chronic illness (e.g., cancer, diabetes, asthma) and its impact on parent-child relationship quality and family functioning. Most of my work uses a mixed methods approach using the Reaction to Diagnosis Interview with parents to understand the diagnosis experience and how their feelings have evolved. In addition, I gather narratives from young children using the MacArthur Story Stem Battery (MSSB). I am currently gathering pilot data on a group of children with cancer and type 1 diabetes with the aim of understanding how unresolved parental trauma impacts their adaptation to the diagnosis and overall psychological well-being. This data will inform a future home-based family intervention to improve family functioning and treatment adherence. Additionally, I have been working with several researchers on developing a complementary medicine research program at the hospital. After conducting interviews with parents, it was evident that there was a need for services that ease the physical and mental burden of treatment for childhood cancer. I am now collaborating with several colleagues on a feasibility study assessing the effectiveness of a yoga intervention for children who have cancer and their parents.


PhD 2010- Human Development and Family Studies, UCONN
MA 2000-Clinical Psychology, Xavier University
BA 1996- Psychology, UCONN

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