She is a clinical nutritional scientist who specializes in supportive care in pediatric oncology and hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT). Her clinical and research expertise lies in the application of novel therapies to enhance the current armamentarium of supportive care interventions in pediatric oncology and HCT. Her research has focused on clinical research studies that examine the role of either nutrition or integrative therapies (IM) as part of existing supportive care interventions. She serve as the Chair of the Nutrition Committee of Children Oncology Group (an NCI-funded cooperative clinical trials group) and serve as member to the NCI PDQ Advisory Board on complementary/alternative medicine. Each of these roles provide her with the necessary infrastructure and support to conceptually develop and implement clinical research studies.
Her long-term goal is to develop evidence-based, supportive care clinical models and guidelines that incorporate the best of both conventional, nutritional, and integrative medicine. This research goal is aimed at fostering the delivery of supportive care interventions that: (1) Improve quality of life during and after treatment for cancer (2) Reduce treatment-related toxicities and improve survival and (3) Facilitate the delivery of supportive care services throughout the spectrum of cancer care.