Matthew C. Hocking, PhD

Matthew C. Hocking, PhD

Matthew C. Hocking, PhD, is a psychologist who works with the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the Cancer Center and the Neuro-Oncology Program at CHOP.

Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Background

Matthew Hocking, PhD, is a pediatric psychologist in the Cancer Center and the Center for Childhood Cancer Research. Dr. Hocking provides consultation and intervention services to youth and families treated in the Cancer Center with a focus on those receiving care within the Neuro-Oncology Program.

Dr. Hocking’s research program bridges the fields of neuropsychology, developmental, pediatric and family psychology and examines risk and resilience factors associated with the neurodevelopmental outcomes of youth diagnosed with brain tumors, solid tumors and neurofibromatosis. Primary neurodevelopmental outcomes of interest include neurocognitive and social functioning. Dr. Hocking also is involved in developing and testing interventions to improve neurodevelopmental outcomes of survivors. The ultimate goal of his research is to enhance the functional outcomes and overall quality of life for survivors and their families.

Dr. Hocking is invested in training future researchers and clinicians in pediatric psychology and neuro-oncology. He is involved in the mentorship and training of graduate students in clinical child and pediatric psychology and physician scientists.

Education and Training

Internship

Predoctoral Internship in Pediatric Psychology - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

Fellowship

Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Graduate Degree

PhD in Psychology - University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
MA in Clinical Psychology - University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

Titles and Academic Titles

Psychologist

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services

Publications

Papers

2015

Hocking, M.C., Hobbie, W.L., Deatrick, J.A., Hardie, T.L., Barakat, L.P.: Family functioning mediates the association between neurocognitive functioning and health-related quality of life in young adult survivors of childhood brain tumors.  Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, 4: 18-25, 2015.

2014

Doshi, K., Kazak, A.E., Hocking, M.C., DeRosa, B.W., Schwartz, L.A., Hobbie, W.L., Ginsberg, J.P., Deatrick, J.A.: Why mothers accompany adolescent and young adult childhood cancer survivors to follow-up clinic visits.  Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 31:51-57, 2014.

Hocking, M.C., Kazak, A.E., Schneider, S., Barkman, D., Barakat, L., Deatrick, J.A.: Parent perspectives on family-based psychosocial interventions in pediatric cancer: a mixed-methods approach.  Supportive Care in Cancer, 22:1287-1294, 2014.

2013

Hocking, M.C., Schwartz, L.A., Hobbie, W.L., DeRosa, B.W., Ittenbach, R.F., Mao, J.J., Ginsberg, J.P., Kazak, A.E.:  Prospectively examining physical activity in young adult survivors of childhood cancer and healthy controls.  Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 60:309-315, 2013.

Books

Chapters

2014

Daniel, L.C., Hocking, M.C., Barakat, L.P.:  Cancer.  In Roberts, M.C., Aylward, B.S., Wu, Y.P. (Eds.), Clinical Practice of Pediatric Psychology: Cases and Service Delivery. Guilford Publications, New York, NY, 2014, pp. 257-267.

2012

Barakat, L.P., Hocking, M.C., Kazak, A.E.: Child Health Psychology.  In Nezu, A.M., Nezu, C.M., Geller, P.A. (Eds.), Handbook of Psychology, Volume 9: Health Psychology, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2012, pp. 413-436.

2. Hocking, M.C., Alderfer, M.A.: Neuropsychological Sequelae of Childhood Cancer. In Kreitler, S., Ben Arush, M.W., Martin, A. (Eds.), Pediatric Psycho-Oncology: Psychosocial Aspects and Clinical Interventions, 2nd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Chichester, West Sussex, 2012, pp. 177-186.

Posters and Presentations

2015

Hocking, M.C., McCurdy, M., Turner, E., Kazak, A.E., Noll, R.B., Phillips, P., Barakat, L.P.: Social competence in pediatric brain tumor survivors: application of a model from social neuroscience and developmental psychology. Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 62: 375-384, 2015.

McCurdy, M.D., Quast, L.F., Turner, E., Pulaski, S., Black, C., Paltin, I., Barakat, L.P., Hocking, M.C.: A qualitative examination of the feasibility of a computerized cognitive-training program in long-term pediatric brain tumor survivors. (Poster presentation at the 2015 World Congress of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosocial Academy Workshops, Washington, D.C., July 31, 2015).

Hocking, M.C., Quast, L.F., Fleischer, J.G., McCurdy, M.D., Turner, E., Briggs, N., Barakat, L.P., Deatrick, J.A.: Examining parents’ perspectives of social competence in pediatric brain tumor survivors: A mixed-methods approach.  (Poster presentation at the 2015 World Congress of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosocial Academy Workshops, Washington, D.C., July 30, 2015). 

Turner, E.M., McCurdy, M.D., Quast, L., Kazak, A.E., Barakat, L.P., Hocking, M.C.: The relationship between neuropsychological functioning and cognitive strategies for learning in pediatric brain tumor survivors.  (Poster presentation at the meeting of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, San Francisco, CA, June 18, 2015).

McCurdy, M.D., Turner, E., Barakat, L.P., Hobbie, W., Deatrick, J., Hocking, M.C.: Processing speed mediates the relationship between radiotherapy exposure and executive functioning in young-adult survivors of childhood brain tumor. (Poster presentation at the meeting of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, San Francisco, CA, June 18, 2015).

Quast, L., Fleischer, J.G., McCurdy, M.D., Turner, E., Kazak, A.E., Barakat, L.P., Hocking, M.C.: Health-related quality of life in parents of pediatric brain tumor survivors at the end of tumor-directed therapy. (Poster presentation at the 36th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Antonio, TX, April 25, 2015).

Hocking, M.C., Quast, L., Fleischer, J.G., McCurdy, M.D., Turner, E., Kazak, A.E., Barakat, L.P.: Family management and health-related quality of life and adaptive functioning in pediatric brain tumor survivors at the end of tumor-directed therapy. (Poster presentation at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, April 18, 2015). 

Hocking, M.C., McCurdy, M.D., Turner, E., Briggs, N., Fleischer, J.G., Deatrick, J.A.: Parent perspectives of pediatric brain tumor survivor social adjustment.  (Poster presentation at the 2015 Society of Research on Child Development Biennial Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 20, 2015). 

McCurdy, M.D., Turner, E., Barakat, L.P., Hobbie, W., Deatrick, J., Paltin, I., & Hocking, M.C.: Treatment intensity predicts self-awareness of executive functioning in young-adult survivors of childhood brain tumor.  (Poster presentation at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Denver, CO, February 5, 2015).

2014

Turner, E., McCurdy, M.D., Barakat, L.P., Hobbie W., Deatrick, J., Paltin, I., Hocking, M.C.: Impaired awareness of executive deficits in young adult survivors of childhood brain tumor: Impact on parent and family quality of life.  (Poster presentation at the 12th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, New York, NY, June 26, 2014).

McCurdy, M.D., Turner, E., Fisher, M., Barakat, L.P., Hobbie, W., Deatrick, J., Hocking M.C.: Predicting cognitive efficiency following brain tumor treatment in childhood: Utility of the Intensity of Treatment Rating Scale.  (Poster presentation at the 12th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, New York, NY, June 26, 2014).

Hocking, M.C., Fleischer, J., Hobbie, W.L., Deatrick, J.A., Hardie, T., Barakat, L.P.: Young adult survivors of childhood brain tumors and their mothers: Associations between neurocognitive and family functioning and maternal demand and worry.  (Poster presentation at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March 28, 2014).

2013

Kazak, A.E., Alderfer, M.A., Hocking, M.C., Schwartz, L., Barakat, L.P.: Check-in about recent experiences and strengths (CARES): a web-based tablet-administered caregiver-report assessment protocol.  (Poster presentation at The National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, New Orleans, LA, April 12, 2013).

Hocking, M.C., Hobbie, W.L., Deatrick, J.A., Hardie, T., Barakat, L.P.: Neurocognitive and family functioning among survivors of childhood brain tumors and their mothers.  (Poster presentation at The National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, New Orleans, LA, April 11, 2013).

Awards and Honors

2011-2015, NIH Pediatric Loan Repayment Program
2008, Society of Pediatric Psychology Student Travel Award
2007, American Psychological Foundation Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Travel Stipend
2007-2008, Graduate Council Research & Creative Activity Fellowship, Graduate School, University of Alabama
2006, American Psychological Foundation/Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology Graduate Research Scholarship
2006, Oliver Lacey-Norman Ellis Research Award, Outstanding Research by a Doctoral Student, Department of Psychology, University of Alabama
2006, Rosencrans Graduate Student Research Award, Alabama Psychological Association
2006-2008, Psychology Department Research & Travel Award, University of Alabama
2004, Graduate Student Research & Travel Support Award, Graduate School, University of Alabama
2001, Phi Beta Kappa
2001, University of North Carolina – B.A. Graduate with highest honors
1998, Golden Key National Honor Society
1998, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

Ad-hoc reviewer

2013-present, European Journal of Cancer Care
2013-present, Clinical Psychology Review
2013-present, Anxiety, Stress & Coping
2012-present, Journal of Clinical Oncology
2011-present, Psycho-Oncology
2011-present, Pediatrics
2011-present, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
2011-present, Health Psychology
2010-present, Stress and Health
2010-present, Pediatric Blood & Cancer
2008-present, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
2006-present, Journal of Pediatric Psychology
2006-present, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Academic and Institutional Committees

2014-present, Digital Evaluation Committee, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
2014-present, Psychosocial Grants Program, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, co-chair
2013-present, Caregiver Workgroup Committee, Division of Oncology
2013-present, Behavioral Health Research Affinity Group
2012-present, Training Advisory Committee, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2005-present, Society of Pediatric Psychology
 - 2013-present, Hematology/Oncology Special Interest Group
 - 2013-present, Conference Abstracts & Student Awards, reviewer
 - 2010-present, Mentor for Division 54 Mentoring Program
2004-present, The American Psychological Association