Stephen Sands, PSY.D.
Associate Professor of Medical Psychology (in Pediatrics and in Psychiatry)
Director, Valerie Fund of Psycho Social Programs,
Herbert Irving Division of Pediatric Oncology
Stephen A. Sands, Psy.D. is an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center. He also serves as the Director of the Valerie Fund Psycho-Social Program at the Herbert Irving Child and Adolescent Oncology Center. In this administrative capacity, he is responsible for coordinating the delivery of mental health services, ranging from psychology and psychiatry to social work and child life, to all patients and families within the pediatric oncology program at the Columbia University Medical Center and the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NY-Presbyterian.
After completing his fellowship at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in 1998 where he was a National Cancer Institute Research Fellow, Dr. Sands has continued to develop a national leadership role with regard to identifying the cognitive and emotional late effects of pediatric cancer and subsequent treatments. Dr. Sands received an American Cancer Society Young Investigators Award, which was used in his capacity as the Study Chairman for the Children’s Oncology Group protocol L991, investigating the Quality of Life, Neuropsychological and Medical Functioning of Children Treated for Malignant Intracranial Gliomas. Additionally, Dr. Sands has also published his international and national research on the neuropsychological and quality of life late effects of treatment for a variety of pediatric brain tumor populations including survivors who were previously treated for a germ cell tumor, medulloblastoma/PNET, ependymoma, astrocytoma or craniopharyngioma.
Additionally, as a pediatric neuropsychologist, Dr. Sands is responsible for training doctoral graduate students in psychology to perform and to interpret neuropsychological and educational assessments of a diverse population ranging from healthy students with learning disabilities to pediatric oncology patients, along with developing recommendations for appropriate educational and remedial interventions.
Undergraduate: University of Michigan, B.A. Psychology, 1980-1984
Graduate: New York University, M.A. Psychology, 1990-1994
Doctoral Degree: New York University, Psy.D. Psychology, 1994-1996
Internship: St. Luke, 1996-1997
Fellowship: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1997-1998
• Pediatric Neuropsychology
• Child Psychology
Herbert Irving Pavilion
Room 717 Unit/Box:
161 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032
Late effects, such as quality of life, neuropscyhological, social-emotional and behavioral, arising from medical treatment, i.e. pediatric oncology, etc.
1. Sands SA, Zhou T, O'Neil SH, Patel SK, Allen J, McGuire Cullen P, Kaleita TA, Noll R, Sklar C, Finlay JL.: Long-term follow-up of children treated for high-grade gliomas: children's oncology group L991 final study report.. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2012;30: 943-9
2. Sands S, Oberg J, Gardner S, Whiteley J, Glade-Bender J and Finlay J.: Neuropsychological Functioning of Young Children Treated with Intensive Chemotherapy Followed by Myeloablative Consolidation Chemotherapy and Autologous Hematopoietic Cell Rescue for Newly Diagnosed CNS Tumors. . Pediatric Blood and Cancer 2010;54(3): 429-436
3. Brice L, Weiss R, Wei Y, Satwani P, Bhatia M, George D, Garvin J, Morris E, Harrison L, Cairo MS, Sands SA.: Health-related quality of life (HRQoL): the impact of medical and demographic variables upon pediatric recipients of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.. Pediatric Blood and Cancer 2011;57: 1179-85
4. Feichtl R, Rosenfeld B, Tallamy B, Cairo M and Sands S. : Concordance of Quality of Life Assessments Following Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation.. Psycho Oncology 2010;19(7)
5. Elliot R, Sands S, Strom R and Wisoff J.: Craniopharyngioma Clinical Status Scale: A Standardized Metric of Preoperative Function and Post-Treatment Outcome. . Journal of Neurosurgery: Neurosurgical Focus 2010;28(4):E2,