Stephen A. Sands, PsyD
Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated
- Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry and in Pediatrics)
Stephen Sands, PsyD specializes in child and adolescent psychology and pediatric neuropsychology. He is also the psychosocial director of the Center for Comprehensive Wellness, which combines integrative medicine, supportive care, and survivorship wellness into each patient's plan of care from day one.
Dr. Sands enjoys being able to use his skills and specialized training to support patients and their families through medical treatment, and to assist young patients as they successfully transition back to school. Dr. Sands and his team teach specific coping skills to help patients and their families throughout treatment and survivorship. Psychosocial programs also help normalize the hospital experience for young patients by giving children the support and fun they need to help them to "just be kids" throughout medical treatment.
In addition to providing patient care, Dr. Sands also conducts clinical research to identify specific subgroups of patients who are at an increased risk for neuropsychological, social-emotional, or behavioral problems. The goal is to use the findings of this research to provide targeted proactive interventions to maximize their functional outcomes as survivors.
His clinical research also includes the documentation of late effects associated with medical treatment. Dr. Sands and his team hope to use the information from these studies to learn how to alter medical treatments so they remain effective against cancer while minimizing long-term side effects and maximizing quality of life for survivors.
- NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
- The Empire Plan (NYSHIP)
Credentials & Experience
Education & Training
- New York University
- Internship: St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center
- Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY
Late effects, such as quality of life, neuropscyhological, social-emotional and behavioral, arising from medical treatment, i.e. pediatric oncology, etc.
Dr. Sands is currently enrolling parents in: (1) a 6 week cognitive behavioral therapy program to minimize symptoms of anxiety and depression; (2) a study utilizing advanced MRI scanning along with neuropsychological assessment to better understand the late effects of treatment for brain tumors; and (3) a study utilizing CSF fluid analysis and cognitive assessment to better understand the late effects of treatment for leukemia.
Additionally, Dr. Sands is coordinating numerous late effects and intervention studies as well for pediatric brain tumor and acute lymphoblastic leukemia survivors, as well as those undergoing bone marrow transplantation.
NEURONATOMICAL, COGNITIVE & FAMILY ASPECTS TO RECOVERY FROM A BRIAN TUMOR (Private)
Nov 1 2015 - Oct 30 2016
MARKERS OF COGNITIVE DECLINE DURING TREATMENT FOR CHILDHOOD ALL (Federal Gov)
Sep 17 2015 - Aug 31 2016
TCD WITH TRANSFUSIONS CHANGING TO HYDROXYUREA (TWITCH) (Federal Gov)
May 15 2013 - Apr 30 2015
FACILITATING PARENT ADAPTATION TO PEDIATRICS TRANSPLANT: THE P-SCIP TRIAL (Federal Gov)
Feb 1 2011 - Jan 31 2013
FACILITATING PARENT SOCIAL AND COGNITIVE PROCESSING WITH PED IATRIC TRANSPLANTATION (Federal Gov)
Mar 21 2008 - Aug 2 2010
- Bhatia M, Kolva E, Cimini L, Jin Z, Satwani P, Savone M, George D, Garvin J, Paz ML, Briamonte B, Cruz-Arrieta E, and Sands SA.: Health-Related Quality of Life after Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Sickle Cell Disease. . Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation 2015
- Olson K and Sands SA. : Cognitive training programs for childhood cancer patients and survivors: A critical review and future directions. Child Neuropsychology 2015
- Oberg, JA, Dave AN, Bruce JN and Sands SA. : Neurocognitive functioning and quality of life in patients with recurrent malignant gliomas treated on a phase Ib trial evaluating topotecan by convection-enhanced delivery. Neuro-Oncology Practice 2014
- 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
- 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