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Victoria A. Miller, PhD
Victoria A. Miller
Director of Research, Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine

Dr. Miller conducts developmentally informed behavioral research to examine the impact of parent-youth communication and decision making on health-related behaviors and outcomes. She aims to conduct research that facilitates youth involvement and empowerment in health-related decision making and enhances parent-youth-provider relationships.

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Dr. Miller conducts developmentally informed behavioral research to examine the impact of parent-youth communication and decision making on health related behaviors and outcomes, in the context of chronic illness management and primary care. Overall, she aims to conduct research that facilitates youth involvement and empowerment in health-related decision making and enhances parent-youth-provider relationships.

Methodologically, she has significant experience with measure development, observational methods, and qualitative design and analysis.

One broad area of her research has focused on independent self-management of chronic illness, with a particular focus on the development of decision making autonomy and competence.

This line of research has underscored that the parent-youth relationship is an important context in which decision making independence and competence develop. One product of this work is the Decision Making Involvement Scale to measure how parents and children interact around decisions that need to be made. The second broad area of her research has focused on informed consent and assent in pediatric medical settings, with specific projects related to physician-parent-patient communication, parental decision making control, and children's and adolescents' roles in decision making. In a new line of work, Dr. Miller is developing and evaluating a primary care-based intervention to promote parent-adolescent communication about adolescent strengths and, ultimately, enhance adolescent and parent well-being.

Her career achievements include receiving several awards and working with various publications, including:

  • Fellow, NICHD Summer Institute on Applied Research in Child and Adolescent Development (2009)
  • Associate Editor, AJOB Empirical Bioethics (2010-2015)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Pediatric Psychology (2010- )
  • Recipient, Marjorie A. Bowman New Investigator Research Award, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (2014)
  • Ethics Special Section Editor, Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology (2019- )

Education and Training

BA, Brown University (Psychology; Biomedical Ethics), 1997

MA, Case Western Reserve University (Clinical Psychology), 2002

PhD, Case Western Reserve University (Clinical Psychology), 2005

Titles and Academic Titles

Director of Research, Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Ethics & Health Policy

Pediatric Psychologist

Professional Memberships

Society of Pediatric Psychology, 1999-

Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, 2014-

Society for Pediatric Research, 2016-

Professional Awards

NICHD Summer Institute on Applied Research in Child and Adolescent Development, Fellow, 2009

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

Publication Highlights

Miller VA. Involving youth with a chronic illness in decision making: Highlighting the role of providers. Pediatrics. 2018 Nov; 142(Suppl 3):S142-S148. doi: 10.1542/peds.2018-0516D PMCID: PMC6220652
Miller VA and Jawad AJ. Decision making involvement and prediction of adherence in youth with type 1 diabetes: A cohort sequential study. J Pediatr Psychol. 2018 May; doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsy032 PMCID: PMC6319450
Miller VA, Cousino M, Leek AC and Kodish E. Hope and persuasion by physicians during informed consent. J Clin Oncol. 2014 Oct; 32(29):3229-35. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2014.55.2588. Epub 2014 Sep 8. PMCID: PMC4263817
Miller VA and Nelson RM. Factors related to voluntary parental decision making in pediatric oncology. Pediatrics. 2012 May; 129(5):903-9. doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-3056. Epub 2012 Apr 16. PMCID: PMC3340596
Miller VA, Ittenbach RI, Harris D, Reynolds WW, Beauchamp TL, Luce, MF and Nelson RM. The Decision Making Control Instrument to assess voluntary consent. Med Decis Making. 2011 Sep; 31(5):730-41. doi: 10.1177/0272989X11398666. Epub 2011 Mar 14. PMCID: PMC3175347

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