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Christopher John  Recklitis, PhD, MPH

C J Recklitis, PhD, MPH
Research Center:
Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
Medicine Research
Hematology/Oncology Research
Hospital Title:
Principal Investigator
Academic Title:
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
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Research Overview

Dr. Recklitis' research interests are in the areas of health psychology and mental health outcomes of oncology patients. His research is focused on understanding the psychological late-effects of cancer, the development of effective screening measures for detecting distress, and the best methods for encouraging health protective behaviors in cancer survivors. Dr. Recklitis' projects include an evaluation of a mental health screening program for a long-term survivor clinic, a study of depression and suicidality in adult survivors of childhood cancer, an investigation of response bias in self-reported quality-of-life in Hodgkin's disease survivors, and an intervention study using Ultraviolet Light Photography to increase sun protection behaviors in cancer survivors. He is the Principal Investigator of Project REACH, a longitudinal study of health outcomes in more than00 locally treated cancer survivors. His work has been supported by grants from the National Cancer Institute, Lance Armstrong Foundation, American Foundation for the Prevention of Suicide, and the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation.

About Christopher Recklitis

Dr. Recklitis completed his PhD in clinical psychology at Boston University, and his Masters degree in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.


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  1. Ullrich CK, Rodday AM, Bingen KM, Kupst MJ, Patel SK, Syrjala KL, Harris LL, Recklitis CJ, Chang G, Guinan EC, Terrin N, Tighiouart H, Phipps S, Parsons SK. Three sides to a story: Child, parent, and nurse perspectives on the child's experience during hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Cancer. 2017 Apr 07.
  2. Recklitis CJ, Bakan J, Werchniak AE, Mahler H. Using Appearance-Based Messages to Increase Sun Protection in Adolescent Young Adult Cancer Survivors: A Pilot Study of Ultraviolet Light Photography. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2017 Apr 05.
  3. Recklitis CJ, Blackmon JE, Chang G. Validity of the Brief Symptom Inventory-18 (BSI-18) for Identifying Depression and Anxiety in Young Adult Cancer Survivors: Comparison With a Structured Clinical Diagnostic Interview. Psychol Assess. 2017 Jan 12.
  4. Recklitis CJ, Syrjala KL. Provision of integrated psychosocial services for cancer survivors post-treatment. Lancet Oncol. 2017 Jan; 18(1):e39-e50.
  5. Blackmon JE, Liptak C, Recklitis CJ. Validation of Three Previously Developed Short Forms of the Beck Depression Inventory for Youth: A Replication. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2017 Mar; 6(1):190-192.
  6. Zhou ES, Partridge AH, Syrjala KL, Michaud AL, Recklitis CJ. Evaluation and treatment of insomnia in adult cancer survivorship programs. J Cancer Surviv. 2017 Feb; 11(1):74-79.
  7. Zhou ES, Bober SL, Nekhlyudov L, Hu JC, Kantoff PW, Recklitis CJ. Physical and emotional health information needs and preferences of long-term prostate cancer survivors. Patient Educ Couns. 2016 Dec; 99(12):2049-2054.
  8. D'Agostino NM, Edelstein K, Zhang N, Recklitis CJ, Brinkman TM, Srivastava D, Leisenring WM, Robison LL, Armstrong GT, Krull KR. Comorbid symptoms of emotional distress in adult survivors of childhood cancer. Cancer. 2016 Oct 15; 122(20):3215-3224.
  9. Zhou ES, Partridge AH, Blackmon JE, Morgan E, Recklitis CJ. A pilot videoconference group stress management program in cancer survivors: lessons learned. Rural Remote Health. 2016 Apr-Jun; 16(2):3863.
  10. Frederick NN, Recklitis CJ, Blackmon JE, Bober S. Sexual Dysfunction in Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2016 Sep; 63(9):1622-8.
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  12. Frederick NN, Kenney L, Vrooman L, Recklitis CJ. Fatigue in adolescent and adult survivors of non-CNS childhood cancer: a report from project REACH. Support Care Cancer. 2016 Sep; 24(9):3951-9.
  13. Zhou ES, Vrooman LM, Manley PE, Crabtree VM, Recklitis CJ. Adapted Delivery of Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia in Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors: A Pilot Study. Behav Sleep Med. 2017 Jul-Aug; 15(4):288-301.
  14. Brand SR, Chordas C, Liptak C, Manley P, Recklitis C. Screening for fatigue in adolescent and young adult pediatric brain tumor survivors: accuracy of a single-item screening measure. Support Care Cancer. 2016 Aug; 24(8):3581-7.
  15. Zhou ES, Partridge AH, Recklitis CJ. A pilot trial of brief group cognitive-behavioral treatment for insomnia in an adult cancer survivorship program. Psychooncology. 2017 Jun; 26(6):843-848.
  16. Recklitis CJ, Blackmon JE, Chang G. Screening young adult cancer survivors for distress with the Distress Thermometer: Comparisons with a structured clinical diagnostic interview. Cancer. 2016 Jan 15; 122(2):296-303.
  17. Ullrich CK, Rodday AM, Bingen K, Kupst MJ, Patel SK, Syrjala KL, Harris LL, Recklitis CJ, Schwartz L, Davies S, Guinan EC, Chang G, Wolfe J, Parsons SK. Parent Outlook: How Parents View the Road Ahead as They Embark on Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Their Child. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2016 Jan; 22(1):104-11.
  18. Buchbinder D, Oeffinger K, Franco-Villalobos C, Yasui Y, Alderfer MA, Armstrong GT, Casillas J, Ford J, Krull KR, Leisenring W, Recklitis C, Robison LL, Zeltzer LK, Lown EA. Tobacco Use Among Siblings of Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Report From the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2016 Feb; 63(2):326-33.
  19. Zhou ES, Manley PE, Marcus KJ, Recklitis CJ. Medical and Psychosocial Correlates of Insomnia Symptoms in Adult Survivors of Pediatric Brain Tumors. J Pediatr Psychol. 2016 Jul; 41(6):623-30.
  20. Heinze KE, Rodday AM, Nolan MT, Bingen K, Kupst MJ, Patel SK, Syrjala K, Harris L, Recklitis C, Schwartz L, Davies S, Guinan EC, Noll R, Chang G, Parsons SK. The impact of pediatric blood and marrow transplant on parents: introduction of the parent impact scale. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2015 Apr 09; 13:46.
  21. Park ER, Kirchhoff AC, Perez GK, Leisenring W, Weissman JS, Donelan K, Mertens AC, Reschovsky JD, Armstrong GT, Robison LL, Franklin M, Hyland KA, Diller LR, Recklitis CJ, Kuhlthau KA. Childhood Cancer Survivor Study participants' perceptions and understanding of the Affordable Care Act. J Clin Oncol. 2015 Mar 01; 33(7):764-72.
  22. Bober SL, Recklitis CJ, Bakan J, Garber JE, Patenaude AF. Addressing sexual dysfunction after risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy: effects of a brief, psychosexual intervention. J Sex Med. 2015 Jan; 12(1):189-97.
  23. Blackmon JE, Liptak C, Recklitis CJ. Development and preliminary validation of a short form of the Beck Depression Inventory for Youth (BDI-Y) in a sample of adolescent cancer survivors. J Cancer Surviv. 2015 Mar; 9(1):107-14.
  24. Zhou ES, Hu JC, Kantoff PW, Recklitis CJ. Identifying suicidal symptoms in prostate cancer survivors using brief self-report. J Cancer Surviv. 2015 Mar; 9(1):59-67.
  25. Recklitis CJ, Zhou ES, Zwemer EK, Hu JC, Kantoff PW. Suicidal ideation in prostate cancer survivors: understanding the role of physical and psychological health outcomes. Cancer. 2014 Nov 01; 120(21):3393-400.
  26. Zhou ES, Recklitis CJ. Insomnia in adult survivors of childhood cancer: a report from project REACH. Support Care Cancer. 2014 Nov; 22(11):3061-9.
  27. Bakan J, Chen B, Medeiros-Nancarrow C, Hu JC, Kantoff PW, Recklitis CJ. Effects of a gift certificate incentive and specialized delivery on prostate cancer survivors' response rate to a mailed survey: a randomized-controlled trial. J Geriatr Oncol. 2014 Apr; 5(2):127-32.
  28. Brinkman TM, Zhang N, Recklitis CJ, Kimberg C, Zeltzer LK, Muriel AC, Stovall M, Srivastava DK, Sklar CA, Robison LL, Krull KR. Suicide ideation and associated mortality in adult survivors of childhood cancer. Cancer. 2014 Jan 15; 120(2):271-7.
  29. Brinkman TM, Zhu L, Zeltzer LK, Recklitis CJ, Kimberg C, Zhang N, Muriel AC, Stovall M, Srivastava DK, Robison LL, Krull KR. Longitudinal patterns of psychological distress in adult survivors of childhood cancer. Br J Cancer. 2013 Sep 03; 109(5):1373-81.
  30. Chordas C, Manley P, Merport Modest A, Chen B, Liptak C, Recklitis CJ. Screening for pain in pediatric brain tumor survivors using the pain thermometer. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2013 Sep-Oct; 30(5):249-59.
  31. Bober SL, Zhou ES, Chen B, Manley PE, Kenney LB, Recklitis CJ. Sexual function in childhood cancer survivors: a report from Project REACH. J Sex Med. 2013 Aug; 10(8):2084-93.
  32. Liptak C, Manley P, Recklitis CJ. The feasibility of psychosocial screening for adolescent and young adult brain tumor survivors: the value of self-report. J Cancer Surviv. 2012 Dec; 6(4):379-87.
  33. Khimani N, Chen YH, Mauch PM, Recklitis C, Diller L, Silver B, Ng AK. Influence of new late effects on quality of life over time in Hodgkin lymphoma Survivors: a longitudinal survey study. Ann Oncol. 2013 Jan; 24(1):226-30.
  34. Park ER, Kirchhoff AC, Zallen JP, Weissman JS, Pajolek H, Mertens AC, Armstrong GT, Robison LL, Donelan K, Recklitis CJ, Diller LR, Kuhlthau KA. Childhood Cancer Survivor Study participants' perceptions and knowledge of health insurance coverage: implications for the Affordable Care Act. J Cancer Surviv. 2012 Sep; 6(3):251-9.
  35. Buchbinder D, Mertens AC, Zeltzer LK, Leisenring W, Goodman P, Lown EA, Alderfer MA, Recklitis C, Oeffinger K, Armstrong GT, Hudson M, Robison LL, Casillas J. Cancer prevention and screening practices of siblings of childhood cancer survivors: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2012 Jul; 21(7):1078-88.
  36. Merport A, Recklitis CJ. Does the Brief Symptom Inventory-18 case rule apply in adult survivors of childhood cancer? Comparison with the Symptom Checklist-90. J Pediatr Psychol. 2012 Jul; 37(6):650-9.
  37. Chen AB, Feng Y, Neuberg D, Recklitis C, Diller LR, Mauch PN, Ng AK. Employment and insurance in survivors of Hodgkin lymphoma and their siblings: a questionnaire study. Leuk Lymphoma. 2012 Aug; 53(8):1474-80.
  38. Varela VS, Ng A, Mauch P, Recklitis CJ. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in survivors of Hodgkin's lymphoma: prevalence of PTSD and partial PTSD compared with sibling controls. Psychooncology. 2013 Feb; 22(2):434-40.
  39. Zwemer EK, Mahler HI, Werchniak AE, Recklitis CJ. Sun exposure in young adult cancer survivors on and off the beach: results from Project REACH. J Cancer Surviv. 2012 Mar; 6(1):63-71.
  40. Merport A, Bober SL, Grose A, Recklitis CJ. Can the distress thermometer (DT) identify significant psychological distress in long-term cancer survivors? A comparison with the Brief Symptom Inventory-18 (BSI-18). Support Care Cancer. 2012 Jan; 20(1):195-8.
  41. Chang G, Ratichek SJ, Recklitis C, Syrjala K, Patel SK, Harris L, Rodday AM, Tighiouart H, Parsons SK. Children's psychological distress during pediatric HSCT: parent and child perspectives. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2012 Feb; 58(2):289-96.
  42. Recklitis CJ, Sanchez Varela V, Ng A, Mauch P, Bober S. Sexual functioning in long-term survivors of Hodgkin's lymphoma. Psychooncology. 2010 Nov; 19(11):1229-33.
  43. Buchbinder D, Casillas J, Krull KR, Goodman P, Leisenring W, Recklitis C, Alderfer MA, Robison LL, Armstrong GT, Kunin-Batson A, Stuber M, Zeltzer LK. Psychological outcomes of siblings of cancer survivors: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Psychooncology. 2011 Dec; 20(12):1259-68.
  44. Kenney LB, Nancarrow CM, Najita J, Vrooman LM, Rothwell M, Recklitis C, Li FP, Diller L. Health status of the oldest adult survivors of cancer during childhood. Cancer. 2010 Jan 15; 116(2):497-505.
  45. Park ER, Bober SL, Campbell EG, Recklitis CJ, Kutner JS, Diller L. General internist communication about sexual function with cancer survivors. J Gen Intern Med. 2009 Nov; 24 Suppl 2:S407-11.
  46. Recklitis CJ, Diller LR, Li X, Najita J, Robison LL, Zeltzer L. Suicide ideation in adult survivors of childhood cancer: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. J Clin Oncol. 2010 Feb 01; 28(4):655-61.
  47. Bober SL, Recklitis CJ, Campbell EG, Park ER, Kutner JS, Najita JS, Diller L. Caring for cancer survivors: a survey of primary care physicians. Cancer. 2009 Sep 15; 115(18 Suppl):4409-18.
  48. Hoffman KE, McCarthy EP, Recklitis CJ, Ng AK. Psychological distress in long-term survivors of adult-onset cancer: results from a national survey. Arch Intern Med. 2009 Jul 27; 169(14):1274-81.
  49. Recklitis CJ. Psychometric research and clinical screening: do we really want one without the other? Psychooncology. 2009 Jul; 18(7):789-90.
  50. Zeltzer LK, Recklitis C, Buchbinder D, Zebrack B, Casillas J, Tsao JC, Lu Q, Krull K. Psychological status in childhood cancer survivors: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. J Clin Oncol. 2009 May 10; 27(14):2396-404.
  51. Recklitis CJ, Campbell EG, Kutner JS, Bober SL. Money talks: non-monetary incentive and Internet administration fail to increase response rates to a physician survey. J Clin Epidemiol. 2009 Feb; 62(2):224-6.
  52. Krull KR, Gioia G, Ness KK, Ellenberg L, Recklitis C, Leisenring W, Huang S, Stovall M, Robison LL, Zeltzer L. Reliability and validity of the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study Neurocognitive Questionnaire. Cancer. 2008 Oct 15; 113(8):2188-97.
  53. Recklitis CJ, Sanchez-Varela V, Bober S. Addressing psychological challenges after cancer: a guide for clinical practice. Oncology (Williston Park). 2008 Oct; 22(11 Suppl Nurse Ed):11-20.
  54. Zwahlen D, Hagenbuch N, Carley MI, Recklitis CJ, Buchi S. Screening cancer patients' families with the distress thermometer (DT): a validation study. Psychooncology. 2008 Oct; 17(10):959-66.
  55. Zeltzer LK, Lu Q, Leisenring W, Tsao JC, Recklitis C, Armstrong G, Mertens AC, Robison LL, Ness KK. Psychosocial outcomes and health-related quality of life in adult childhood cancer survivors: a report from the childhood cancer survivor study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2008 Feb; 17(2):435-46.
  56. Ng AK, Li S, Recklitis C, Diller LR, Neuberg D, Silver B, Mauch PM. Health practice in long-term survivors of Hodgkin's lymphoma. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2008 Jun 01; 71(2):468-76.
  57. Mertens AC, Sencer S, Myers CD, Recklitis C, Kadan-Lottick N, Whitton J, Marina N, Robison LL, Zeltzer L. Complementary and alternative therapy use in adult survivors of childhood cancer: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2008 Jan; 50(1):90-7.
  58. Recklitis CJ, Licht I, Ford J, Oeffinger K, Diller L. Screening adult survivors of childhood cancer with the distress thermometer: a comparison with the SCL-90-R. Psychooncology. 2007 Nov; 16(11):1046-9.
  59. Schultz KA, Ness KK, Whitton J, Recklitis C, Zebrack B, Robison LL, Zeltzer L, Mertens AC. Behavioral and social outcomes in adolescent survivors of childhood cancer: a report from the childhood cancer survivor study. J Clin Oncol. 2007 Aug 20; 25(24):3649-56.
  60. O'Leary TE, Diller L, Recklitis CJ. The effects of response bias on self-reported quality of life among childhood cancer survivors. Qual Life Res. 2007 Sep; 16(7):1211-20.
  61. Recklitis CJ, Rodriguez P. Screening childhood cancer survivors with the brief symptom inventory-18: classification agreement with the symptom checklist-90-revised. Psychooncology. 2007 May; 16(5):429-36.
  62. Recklitis CJ, Lockwood RA, Rothwell MA, Diller LR. Suicidal ideation and attempts in adult survivors of childhood cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2006 Aug 20; 24(24):3852-7.
  63. Temel JS, Pirl WF, Recklitis CJ, Cashavelly B, Lynch TJ. Feasibility and validity of a one-item fatigue screen in a thoracic oncology clinic. J Thorac Oncol. 2006 Jun; 1(5):454-9.
  64. Recklitis CJ, Parsons SK, Shih MC, Mertens A, Robison LL, Zeltzer L. Factor structure of the brief symptom inventory--18 in adult survivors of childhood cancer: results from the childhood cancer survivor study. Psychol Assess. 2006 Mar; 18(1):22-32.
  65. Ng AK, Li S, Recklitis C, Neuberg D, Chakrabarti S, Silver B, Diller L. A comparison between long-term survivors of Hodgkin's disease and their siblings on fatigue level and factors predicting for increased fatigue. Ann Oncol. 2005 Dec; 16(12):1949-55.
  66. Recklitis CJ, Noam GG. Aggressive behavior in the adolescent psychiatric patient: a clinical-developmental perspective. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2004; 34(4):341-61.
  67. Hudson MM, Mertens AC, Yasui Y, Hobbie W, Chen H, Gurney JG, Yeazel M, Recklitis CJ, Marina N, Robison LR, Oeffinger KC. Health status of adult long-term survivors of childhood cancer: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. JAMA. 2003 Sep 24; 290(12):1583-92.
  68. Gagnon EM, Recklitis CJ. Parents' decision-making preferences in pediatric oncology: the relationship to health care involvement and complementary therapy use. Psychooncology. 2003 Jul-Aug; 12(5):442-52.
  69. Recklitis C, O'Leary T, Diller L. Utility of routine psychological screening in the childhood cancer survivor clinic. J Clin Oncol. 2003 Mar 01; 21(5):787-92.
  70. Recklitis CJ, Noam GG. Clinical and developmental perspectives on adolescent coping. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 1999; 30(2):87-101.
  71. Recklitis CJ, Yap L, Noam GG. Development of a short form of the adolescent version of the Defense Mechanisms Inventory. J Pers Assess. 1995 Apr; 64(2):360-70.
  72. Recklitis CJ, Noam GG, Borst SR. Adolescent suicide and defensive style. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 1992; 22(3):374-87.
  73. Noam GG, Recklitis CJ. The relationship between defenses and symptoms in adolescent psychopathology. J Pers Assess. 1990; 54(1-2):311-27.
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