Allison King, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Pediatrics, School of Medicine; Assistant Professor of Education; Medical Director of the Survivorship Program for Siteman Cancer Center
cancer, child health, development, education, epidemiology, global health, poverty, cognition, clinical investigation, sickle cell disease

Dr. King focuses on factors that impact a child’s opportunity to learn. From a biological standpoint, her lab studies how chronic diseases such as sickle cell disease or brain tumors alter cognition. In addition, she is interested in the environment’s influence on children’s development and participation. The goal of this work is to determine targets for intervention that will have the greatest impact on development and education.

Dr. King’s methods include psychological and performance-based assessment, environmental assessments via home or public health measures, and epidemiological tools to incorporate medical and social science measures. She also studies the educational outcomes of two populations of children with chronic diseases: children with sickle cell disease and children with brain tumors. She is investigating variables related to cognition, academic achievement and self-sufficiency, including socioeconomic status and family dynamics.

She is also interested in optimizing the health of survivors of cancer. Through epidemiology, supportive care or interventions she and her collaborators are committed to improving the quality of life of both pediatric and adult survivors.