Anya Griffin, PhD

  • Anya Griffin



Work and Education


USC Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology Internship, Los Angeles, CA, 06/30/2005


Emory University School of Medicine/Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, 11/1/2006

All Publications

Stigma and Pain in Adolescents Hospitalized for Sickle Cell Vasoocclusive Pain Episodes CLINICAL JOURNAL OF PAIN Martin, S. R., Cohen, L. L., Mougianis, I., Griffin, A., Sil, S., Dampier, C. 2018; 34 (5): 43844


Sickle cell disease (SCD) pain and hospitalizations increase during adolescence and adolescents with SCD may be at-risk for experiencing health-related stigma, which may result in poor health outcomes. This study examined relations among health-related stigma, pain interference, social support, quality of life (QOL), and hospital outcomes (ie, loneliness, pain reduction, and length of stay [LOS]) in adolescents hospitalized with SCD pain.Twelve- to 18-year-old adolescents (N=92) hospitalized with SCD pain completed measures of stigma, pain interference, social support, QOL, and state loneliness. Reduction of pain intensity during hospitalization and LOS were collected from medical chart review.Higher stigma was associated with higher pain interference, lower QOL, more loneliness, and less pain reduction in the hospital. Pain interference was positively associated with LOS.These preliminary findings highlight the importance of assessing and addressing SCD-related stigma and pain interference in adolescents hospitalized for SCD pain as these factors may influence treatment outcomes.

View details for DOI 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000553

View details for Web of Science ID 000430140700007

View details for PubMedID 28877143

A Pilot Study of Mindfulness Meditation for Pediatric Chronic Pain. Children (Basel, Switzerland) Waelde, L. C., Feinstein, A. B., Bhandari, R., Griffin, A., Yoon, I. A., Golianu, B. 2017; 4 (5)


Despite advances in psychological interventions for pediatric chronic pain, there has been little research examining mindfulness meditation for these conditions. This study presents data from a pilot clinical trial of a six-week manualized mindfulness meditation intervention offered to 20 adolescents aged 13-17 years. Measures of pain intensity, functional disability, depression and parent worry about their child's pain were obtained at baseline and post-treatment. Results indicated no significant changes in pain or depression, however functional disability and frequency of pain functioning complaints improved with small effect sizes. Parents' worry about child's pain significantly decreased with a large effect size. Participants rated intervention components positively and most teens suggested that the number of sessions be increased. Three case examples illustrate mindfulness meditation effects and precautions. Mindfulness meditation shows promise as a feasible and acceptable intervention for youth with chronic pain. Future research should optimize intervention components and determine treatment efficacy.

View details for DOI 10.3390/children4050032

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Applying a Developmental-Ecological Framework to Sickle Cell Disease Transition. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology Griffin, A., Gilleland, J., Cummings, L., Johnson, A., Brailey, T., New, T., Eckman, J., Osunkwo, I. 2013; 1 (3): 250-263

View details for DOI 10.1037/cpp0000027

Pediatric Chronic Pain and Health-Related Quality of Life: Interrelationships between coping, fatigue, and health- related quality of life Journal of Pediatric Nursing Gold, J., Kant, A., Carson, M., Palmer, S., Griffin, A., Joseph, M. 2009; 24 (2): 141-150
Gender differences in the relation between functioning and values-based living in youth with sickle cell disease Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology Martin, S., Cohen, L., Welkom, J., Feinstein, A., Masuda, A., Griffin, A. 2016; 4 (1): 11-22

View details for DOI 10.1037/cpp0000127

Identification of Pica Behaviors in Youth with Sickle Cell Disease: A Quality Improvement (QI) Project Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology Reed, B., Thompson, B., Bigham, L., Sil, S., Griffin, A., Johnson, A. 2015; 3 (3): 167-174

View details for DOI 10.1037/cpp0000097

Pediatric psychology at Georgia State University: Evaluation of Training with the Society of Pediatric Psychology Competencies Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology Cohen, L., Rodrigues, N., Bishop, M., Griffin, A., Sil, S. 2015: 205

View details for DOI 10.1037/cpp0000101

Assessment of family psychosocial functioning in survivors of pediatric cancer using the PAT2.0 PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY Gilleland, J., Reed-Knight, B., Brand, S., Griffin, A., Wasilewski-Masker, K., Meacham, L., Mertens, A. 2013; 22 (9): 2133-2139


This study aimed to examine clinical validity and utility of a screening measure for familial psychosocial risk, the Psychosocial Assessment Tool 2.0 (PAT2.0), among pediatric cancer survivors participating in long-term survivorship care.Caregivers (N=79) completed the PAT2.0 during their child's survivorship appointment. Caregivers also reported on family engagement in outpatient mental health treatment. Medical records were reviewed for treatment history and oncology provider initiated psychology consults.The internal consistency of the PAT2.0 total score in this survivorship sample was strong. Psychology was consulted by the oncology provider to see 53% of participant families, and families seen by psychology had significantly higher PAT2.0 total scores than families without psychology consults. PAT2.0 total scores and corresponding subscales were higher for patients, parents, and siblings enrolled in outpatient mental health services since treatment completion. Results were consistent with psychosocial risk categories presented within the Pediatric Psychosocial Preventative Health Model. Fifty-one percent of families presenting for survivorship care scored in the "universal" category, 34% scored in the "targeted" category, and 15% scored in the "clinical" category.Data indicate that the overall proportions of families experiencing "universal", "targeted", and "clinical" levels of familial distress may be constant from the time of diagnosis into survivorship care. Overall, the PAT2.0 demonstrated strong psychometric properties among survivors of pediatric cancer and shows promise as a psychosocial screening measure to facilitate more effective family support in survivorship care.

View details for DOI 10.1002/pon.3265

View details for Web of Science ID 000323451500028

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