Victoria A. Miller, PhD

Victoria A. Miller, PhD

Victoria A. Miller, PhD, is a Psychologist in the Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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

Education and Training

Internship

Department of Psychology, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Fellowship

Center for Research Integrity, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Graduate Degree

PhD in Clinical Psychology - Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Titles and Academic Titles

Pediatric Psychologist

Director of Research, Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine

Senior Researcher, Department of Medical Ethics

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services

Research Interests

Independent self-management of chronic illness (e.g., cystic fibrosis, type 1 diabetes, asthma), with a particular focus on the development of decision making autonomy and competence.

Informed consent and assent in pediatric medical settings, with specific projects and papers related to physician-parent-patient communication, parental decision making control, and children’s role in decision making.

Publications

Papers

2014

Miller, V.A. & Jawad, A. (2014). Relationship of youth involvement in diabetes-related decisions to treatment adherence. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 21, 183-189.

Ginsberg, J.P., Li, Y., Carlson, C.A., Gracia, C.R., Hobbie, W.L., Miller, V.A., Mulhall, J., Shnorhavorian, M., Brinster, R.L., & Kolon, T.F. (2014). Testicular tissue cryopreservation in prepubertal male children: An analysis of parental decision-making. Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 61(9), 1673-1678.

Millington, K., Miller, V.A., Rubenstein, R., & Kelly, A. (2014). Patient and parent perceptions of the diagnosis and management of cystic fibrosis-related diabetes. Journal of Clinical & Translational Endocrinology, 1(3), 100-107.

Hill, D.L., Miller, V.A., Walter, J.K., Carroll, K.W., Morrison, W.E., Munson, D.A., Kang, T.I., Hinds, P.S., Feudtner, C. (2014). Regoaling: A conceptual model of how parents of children with serious illness change medical care goals. BMC Palliative Care, 13(1). 9. DOI: 10.1186/1472-684X-13-9.

Lipstein, E.A., Brinkman, W.B., Fix, A., Hendrix, K.S., Kryworuchko, J., Miller, V.A., Prosser, L.A., Ungar, W., & Fox, D. (2014). An emerging field of research: Challenges in pediatric decision making. Medical Decision Making. DOI: 10.1177/0272989X14546901.

Miller, V.A., Baker, J.N., Leek, A.C., Drotar, D., Kodish, E. (2014). Patient involvement in informed consent for pediatric cancer research. Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. DOI: 10.1097/MPH.0000000000000112.

Miller, V.A., Cousino, M., Leek, A.C., & Kodish, E. (2014). Hope and persuasion by physicians during informed consent. Journal of Clinical Oncology. DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2014.55.2588. 3. Miller, S.D., Li, Y., Meyers, K.E.C., Caplan, A., Miller, V.A., & Ginsberg, J.P. (2014). Fertility preservation in paediatric nephrology: Results of a physician survey. Journal of Renal Care. DOI: 10.1111/jorc.12079.

Feudtner, C., Walter, J.K., Faerber, J.A., Hill, D.L., Carroll, K.W., Mollen, C., Miller, V.A., Morrison, W., Munson, D., Kang, T., & Hinds, P. (2014). Good parent beliefs of parents of seriously ill children. JAMA Pediatrics. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.2341.

Walter, J., Odeniyi, F., Faerber, J., Fiks, A., Miller, V.A., & Feudtner, C. (2014, May).  Parental preferences for shared decision making in children with special health care needs.  Paper presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.



Bernhardt, B.A., Tomlinson, A.N, Miller, V.A., Pyeritz, R.E., Dechene, E., Merz, J., Ulrich, C., Spinner, N.B., Krantz, I.D. (2014, March).  Experience with informed consent for whole exome sequencing in children. Paper presented at the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting, Nashville, TN.



Tomlinson, A.N., Miller, V.A., Pyeritz, R.E., DeChene, E.T., Merz, J.F., Ulrich, C., Spinner, N.B., Krantz, I.D., & Bernhardt, B.A. (2014, March). Complex decisions about complex data: An analysis of informed consent for pediatric whole exome sequencing. Poster presented at the American College of Medical Genetics Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting.  Nashville, TN.



Swartzendruber, T.R., Friedrich, E.A., & Miller, V.A. (2014, March).  Children’s involvement in decisions about research enrollment: Associations with fairness, voice, and satisfaction with the decision making process.  Poster presented at the Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.



Landers, S.E., Jawad, A.F., & Miller, V.A. (2014, March). Child satisfaction with parent-child illness management discussions in youth with type 1 diabetes or cystic fibrosis.  Poster presented at the Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

2013

Miller, V.A., Baker, J.N., Leek, A.C., Hizlan, S., Rheingold, S.R., Yamokoski, A.D., Drotar, D., Kodish, E. (2013). Adolescent perspectives on phase I cancer research. Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 60(5), 873-878.

Hexem, K., Miller, V.A., Carroll, K., & Feudtner, C. (2013). Putting on a happy face: Emotional expression in parents of children with serious illness. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 45(3), 542-551.

Orioles, A., Miller, V.A., Kersun, L., Ferrara, M., & Morrison, W.E. (2013). “To be a phenomenal doctor you have to be the whole package:” Physicians’ interpersonal behaviors during difficult conversations in pediatrics. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 16(8), 929-933.

Levenseller, B.L., Soucier, D.J., Miller, V.A., Harris, D., Conway, L., & Bernhardt, B. (2013). Stakeholders’ opinions on the implementation of pediatric whole exome sequencing: Implications for informed consent. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 23(4), 552-565.

Hill, D.L., Miller, V.A., Hexem, K.R., Carroll, K., Faerber, J.A., Kang, T., & Feudtner, C. (2013). Problems and hopes perceived by mothers, fathers, and physicians of children receiving palliative care. Health Expectations. doi: 10.1111/hex.12078.

Elliott, R.D., Miller, V.A., & Davies, W.H. (2013, May). Adaptation of the child-report Decision-Making Involvement Scale for emerging adults. Poster presented at the meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.



Gaber, M.M., Miller, V.A., & Davies, W.H. (2013, May). Parent-child communication in the prevention of the Choking Game. Poster presented at the meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.



Miller, V.A. (2013, April).  Introduction to Symposium, “Ethical Challenges in Pediatric Psychology Research and Practice,” National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, New

Orleans, LA.



Friedrich, E., Swartzendruber, T., Berry, M., Ruwaih, N., & Miller, V.A. (2013, April). Characteristics and correlates of parent-child discussions about diabetes and cystic fibrosis management. Poster presented at the National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, New Orleans, LA.



Berry, M. & Miller, V.A. (2013, April). Relationship of parental coercion and autonomy support to adherence in youth with type 1 diabetes or cystic fibrosis. Poster presented at the National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, New Orleans, LA.



Elliott, R. D., Miller, V.A., & Davies, W.H. (2013, April). Convergent validity of the Decision-Making Involvement Scale with a measure of parenting style. Poster presented at the National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, New Orleans, LA.



Gaber, M., Miller, V.A., & Davies, W.H. (2013, April). Predictors of parent-child prevention discussions about the choking game. Poster presented at the National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Abstracts

2014

Walter, J., Odeniyi, F., Faerber, J., Fiks, A., Miller, V.A., & Feudtner, C. (2014, May).  Parental preferences for shared decision making in children with special health care needs.  Paper presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.

Bernhardt, B.A., Tomlinson, A.N, Miller, V.A., Pyeritz, R.E., Dechene, E., Merz, J., Ulrich, C., Spinner, N.B., Krantz, I.D. (2014, March).  Experience with informed consent for whole exome sequencing in children. Paper presented at the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting, Nashville, TN.

Tomlinson, A.N., Miller, V.A., Pyeritz, R.E., DeChene, E.T., Merz, J.F., Ulrich, C., Spinner, N.B., Krantz, I.D., & Bernhardt, B.A. (2014, March). Complex decisions about complex data: An analysis of informed consent for pediatric whole exome sequencing. Poster presented at the American College of Medical Genetics Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting.  Nashville, TN.

Swartzendruber, T.R., Friedrich, E.A., & Miller, V.A. (2014, March).  Children’s involvement in decisions about research enrollment: Associations with fairness, voice, and satisfaction with the decision making process.  Poster presented at the Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Landers, S.E., Jawad, A.F., & Miller, V.A. (2014, March). Child satisfaction with parent-child illness management discussions in youth with type 1 diabetes or cystic fibrosis.  Poster presented at the Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

2013

Elliott, R.D., Miller, V.A., & Davies, W.H. (2013, May). Adaptation of the child-report Decision-Making Involvement Scale for emerging adults. Poster presented at the meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Gaber, M.M., Miller, V.A., & Davies, W.H. (2013, May). Parent-child communication in the prevention of the Choking Game. Poster presented at the meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Miller, V.A. (2013, April).  Introduction to Symposium, “Ethical Challenges in Pediatric Psychology Research and Practice,” National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, New

Orleans, LA.

Friedrich, E., Swartzendruber, T., Berry, M., Ruwaih, N., & Miller, V.A. (2013, April). Characteristics and correlates of parent-child discussions about diabetes and cystic fibrosis management. Poster presented at the National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Berry, M. & Miller, V.A. (2013, April). Relationship of parental coercion and autonomy support to adherence in youth with type 1 diabetes or cystic fibrosis. Poster presented at the National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Elliott, R. D., Miller, V.A., & Davies, W.H. (2013, April). Convergent validity of the Decision-Making Involvement Scale with a measure of parenting style. Poster presented at the National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Gaber, M., Miller, V.A., & Davies, W.H. (2013, April). Predictors of parent-child prevention discussions about the choking game. Poster presented at the National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Books

Chapters

Miller, V.A., Reynolds, W.W., & Nelson, R.M. (2009).  Children in research: Linking assent and parental permission.  In V. Ravitsky, A. Feister, & A. Caplan: The Penn Center guide to bioethics. New York: Springer, 473-482. 

Posters and Presentations

Lectures by Invitation

Miller VA.  “The Role of Children in Decision Making about Research Participation: Ethics Concepts and Empirical Data” [Pediatric Chief of Service]. New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, Sept 17, 2014.

Miller VA. “Hope and Persuasion by Physicians during Informed Consent for Phase I Trials”  [lecture]. Bioethics Open Meeting, Children’s Oncology Group Fall Meeting, Dallas, TX. Sept 19, 2014.

Awards and Honors

2014, Recipient, Marjorie A. Bowman New Investigator Research Award, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

2009 Fellow, NICHD Summer Institute on Applied Research in Child and Adolescent Development (June 21-26)

1999-2004 Trainee, Research Training in Pediatric Psychology, National Institute of Mental Health (T32 training grant, Case Western Reserve University, 5T32MH018830, PI: Drotar)

1999 Recipient, Armington Research Program on Values in Children grant, Case Western Reserve University

Editorial and Academic Positions

2010-present, Editorial Board, Journal of Pediatric Psychology

2010-present, Associate Editor, AJOB Empirical Bioethics

2013 Guest Editor, AJOB Empirical Bioethics, Special Issue: “Contributions of Psychological Science to Empirical Bioethics”

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2014-present, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine

2006-present, Society for Research in Child Development

1999-present, American Psychological Association