Natasha Frederick, MD, MPH, MST

Assistant Professor

UConn Health, Pediatrics / CCMC

Research Overview

My research focuses on better understanding the specific clinical care and psychosocial support needs of adolescent and young adult (AYA) oncology patients on active treatment and in survivorship, with subsequent development of effective interventions to improve clinical outcomes and overall quality of life through the cancer experience. I use both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies to conduct my research, both of which I have extensive training and experience primarily through relevant research to date. During fellowship I refined my skills in quantitative data analysis by examining the prevalence and correlates of fatigue in a cohort of AYA survivors of childhood cancer. I also designed and conducted research to better understand the etiology of sexual dysfunction in young adult survivors of childhood cancer and the impact of sexual dysfunction on overall quality of life. Results from this qualitative research showed a remarkable paucity of sexual health communication between AYA patients and their oncology providers, despite AYA demonstrating a profound need for such conversations. These results set the foundation for my next project, which aimed to better, understand barriers and facilitators to communication about sexual and reproductive health (SRH) issues between AYA patients and oncologists. This work involved semi-structured interviews with AYAs and oncology clinicians to better understand general perceptions of the role of oncology clinicians talking about SRH-related issues, barriers and facilitators to SRH conversations, and patient and clinician education and resource needs regarding specific SRH topic areas. My current research aims to develop and pilot a communication intervention to promote clinician and AYA patient conversations about SRH, supported by the data collected from the clinician and AYA patient interviews as well as a national survey of >600 pediatric oncology clinicians.


MD Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont 2009
MPH Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 2008
MS Pace University 2004

Recent/Selected Publications


Contact Information
Phone(917) 837-3961
Mailing Address282 Washington Street
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Hartford, CT 06106