Faculty Profile for Dr. Farya Phillips PhD

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Dr. Farya Phillips PhD
Lecturer — School of Family & Consumer Sciences
FCS 101
phone: (512) 245-2135

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Farya Phillips, Ph.D., CCLS, is a lecturer in the department of Human Development and Family Sciences at Texas State University and is the practicum and internship coordinator for their child life graduate program. She is the director of research for the Department of Health Social Work at Dell Medical School and a research assistant professor at The Institute for Collaborative Health Research and Practice at Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. She oversees multiple projects relating to psychosocial care in oncology and palliative care. Her primary research interests include adolescent and young adult cancer survivors as well as interventions for children with a parent diagnosed with cancer. She teaches Introduction to Child Life: Psychosocial Needs of Children in Healthcare, Interprofessional Education in Healthcare, Advanced Child Development, Play and Development, and Social Work in Health Care. Farya has a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis on Hospitalized Children from Mills College in Oakland, California, and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a certified Child Life Specialist and received her internship training at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. She has over 20 years’ experience providing psychosocial support for children and families in healthcare environments and has worked extensively with children and families dealing with chronic illness and grief. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology and has been an active member of the Association of Child Life Professionals where she volunteers her time at the national level to improve psychological resources provided to families dealing with healthcare challenges.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Tucker, J., Bishop, N. J., Wang, K., & Phillips, F. (n.d.). Marital transitions, change in depression, and quality of social relationships in aging U.S. adults: An analysis of the Health and Retirement Study. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1177/00914150211066551
  • Phillips, F., Prezio, E., Miljanic, M., Henneghan, A., Currin-McCulloch, J., Jones, B., … Eckhardt, S. G. (2021). Patient reported outcomes affecting quality of life in socioeconomically disadvantaged cancer patients. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 1–16. https://doi.org/10.1080/07347332.2021.1915441
  • Jones, B. L., Phillips, F., Shanor, D., VanDiest, H., Chen, Q., Currin-McCulloch, J., … Ortega, J. (2021). Social work leadership in a medical school: A coordinated, compassionate COVID-19 response. Social Work in Health Care, 60(1), 49–61. https://doi.org/10.1080/00981389.2021.1885567
  • Lippe, M., Farya, P., Jennifer, M., Stanley, A., Barbara, J., & Boone, G. (2020). Communicating Oncologic Prognosis With Empathy: A Pilot Study of a Novel Communication Guide. The American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care, 37(12), 1029–1036. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049909120921834
  • Lewis, F. M., Loggers, E. T., Phillips, F., Palacios, R., Tercyak, K. P., Griffith, K. A., … Almulla, H. A. (2020). Enhancing Connections-Palliative Care: A Quasi-Experimental Pilot Feasibility Study of a Cancer Parenting Program. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 23(2), 211–219. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2019.0163

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: NIH LRP, National Cancer Institute. August 2014
  • Award / Honor Recipient: William S. Livingston Outstanding Student Academic Employee Award. 2013
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Patricia Puig and Joseph P. Mueller Dean’s Excellence Fund. 2011
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Professional Development Award- Office of Graduate Studies, The University of Texas at Austin. 2011
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Patricia Puig and Joseph P. Mueller Dean’s Excellence Fund. 2010

Selected Grants

  • Phillips, Farya (Principal). Wonders & Worries RCT, Rice Family Foundation, $13000. (Funded: April 2015 - Present). Grant.
  • Phillips, Farya. MGH Cancer Workshop Application. (Funded: October 2014 - Present). Grant.
  • Phillips, Farya. NIH LRP Funding, $51844. (Submitted: November 2013, Funded: August 2014 - Present). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Child Life Council Education & Training Committee
Child Life Central Texas Think Tank
Reviewer / Referee
Sage Publishing Book Reviewer
University of Texas Graduate School - C12 faculty committee welfare of academic students
Child Life Council Partnership Committee and Role Delineation Committee