Bright (Optimism) IDEAS
|Project Period: 1990-present||PI: Robert Noll, PhD|
|Funding Source: Varies but includes 3 R01s and an R25e|
|Researchers: OJ Sahler, MD, University of Rochester Co-PI|
Following a diagnosis of cancer in a child, caregiver distress is understandably high. Researchers investigated evidence-based interventions to help improve these symptoms. Over three large randomized clinical trials (N >1400), researchers have shown that the Bright IDEAS Problem Solving Skills Training improves caregiver problem solving skills which leads to less distress, fewer symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress. The caregivers who received the intervention have shown that the benefits persist over time and the greatest gains have been documented in low SES, single, minority caregivers.
Bright IDEAS trains professionals to use this evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy to assist caregivers in developing constructive coping skills. Dr. Noll's current R25e focuses on disseminating this evidence-based intervention to professionals across the United States, To date, over 250 psychosocial professionals have been training to use this intervention. Workshops have been supported by Children’s Oncology Group; Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses; Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers; and Society for Pediatric Psychologists (Hem/Onc special interest group).
- Nguyen CT, Fairclough DL, Noll RB. Problem-solving skills for training mothers of children recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder: A pilot feasibility study. Autism. 2016 Jan;20(1):55-64. doi: 10.1177/1362361314567134. Epub 2015 Apr 20. PMID: 25896269.
- Sahler OJ, Fairclough DL, Phipps S, Mulhern RK, Dolgin MJ, Noll RB, Katz ER, Varni JW, Copeland DR, Butler RW. Using problem-solving skills training to reduce negative affectivity in mothers of children with newly diagnosed cancer: report of a multisite randomized trial. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2005 Apr;73(2):272-83. PMID: 15796635.
- Sahler OJ, Dolgin MJ, Phipps S, Fairclough DL, Askins MA, Katz ER, Noll RB, Butler RW. Specificity of problem-solving skills training in mothers of children newly diagnosed with cancer: results of a multisite randomized clinical trial. J Clin Oncol. 2013 Apr 1;31(10):1329-35. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2011.39.1870. Epub 2013 Jan 28. PMID: 23358975. PMCID: PMC3607672
- Askins MA, Sahler OJ, Sherman SA, Fairclough DL, Butler RW, Katz ER, Dolgin MJ, Varni JW, Noll RB, Phipps S. Report from a multi-institutional randomized clinical trial examining computer-assisted problem-solving skills training for English- and Spanish-speaking mothers of children with newly diagnosed cancer. J Pediatr Psychol. 2009 Jun;34(5):551-63. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsn124. Epub 2008 Dec 17. PMID: 19091804. PMCID: PMC268448
- Sahler OJ, Varni JW, Fairclough DL, Butler RW, Noll RB, Dolgin MJ, Phipps S, Copeland DR, Katz ER, Mulhern RK. Problem-solving skills training for mothers of children with newly diagnosed cancer: a randomized trial. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2002 Apr;23(2):77-86. PMID: 11943969.
- Sahler OJ, Askins MA, Dolgin MJ, Fairclough DL, Katz ER, Voll ME, Noll RB, Phipps S. Bright IDEAS Problem-Solving Skills Training for Every Day Living User's Manual. August 2017.