Allison King, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Occupational TherapySurgeryPatient Oriented Research UnitDepartment of MedicineHematology and Oncology

phone: Clinic: 314-454-6018; Office 314-454-4291

Research Interests

Dr. King’s research focuses on factors that impact a child’s opportunity to learn. From a biological standpoint, she studies how chronic diseases such as sickle cell disease or brain tumors alter cognition. In addition, Dr. King studies 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. 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. Collaborators are from occupational therapy, pediatrics, public health, education, social work, neurology, psychology, and radiology.


  • B.S., Washington University1992
  • M.D., University of Missouri1996
  • MPH, Saint Louis University2003
  • Ph.D., With Distinction, Saint Louis University2015


  • Resident in Pediatrics, St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine1996 - 1999
  • Fellow in Pediatrics, Division of Hematology and Oncology, St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine2000 - 2003
  • Visiting Fellow, Children's National Medical Center2002 - 2002

Licensure and Board Certification

  • American Board of Pediatrics1996
  • MO, Physician - Permanent Licensure1996
  • National Board of Medical Examiners1998
  • Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, American Board of Pediatrics2005


  • American Heart Association Post Doctoral Fellowship Award2003 - 2004
  • National Institutes of Health Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Award2003 - 2006
  • Jacob Javits Junior Investigator Award2005 - 2005
  • ASH Clinical Research Training Institute2005 - 2006
  • ASH Scholar Award2009 - Pres
  • Washington University’s Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Award2015

Selected Publications view all (10)

Publication Co-Authors

  1. Blaisdell LL, Zellner JA, King AA, Faustman E, Wilhelm M, Hudak ML, Annett RD. The National Children's Study: Recruitment Outcomes Using an Enhanced Household-Based Approach. Pediatrics. 2016;137 Suppl 4:S219-30. doi:10.1542/peds.2015-4410C  PMID:27251868  
  2. Drazen CH, Abel R, Gabir M, Farmer G, King AA. Prevalence of Developmental Delay and Contributing Factors Among Children With Sickle Cell Disease. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2016;63(3):504-10. doi:10.1002/pbc.25838  PMID:26575319  
  3. Yarboi J, Compas BE, Brody GH, White D, Rees Patterson J, Ziara K, King A. Association of social-environmental factors with cognitive function in children with sickle cell disease. Child Neuropsychol. 2015;1-18. doi:10.1080/09297049.2015.1111318  PMCID:PMC4867297  PMID:26568287  
  4. Housten AJ, Abel RA, Dadekian J, Schwieterman K, Jason D, King AA. Youth with Sickle Cell Disease: Genetic and Sexual Health Education Needs. Am J Health Behav. 2015;39(6):856-65. doi:10.5993/AJHB.39.6.13  PMCID:PMC4741381  PMID:26450553  
  5. King AA, Kamani N, Bunin N, Sahdev I, Brochstein J, Hayashi RJ, Grimley M, Abraham A, Dioguardi J, Chan KW, Douglas D, Adams R, Andreansky M, Anderson E, Gilman A, Chaudhury S, Yu L, Dalal J, Hale G, Cuvelier G, Jain A, Krajewski J, Gillio A, Kasow KA, Delgado D, Hanson E, Murray L, Shenoy S. Successful matched sibling donor marrow transplantation following reduced intensity conditioning in children with hemoglobinopathies. Am J Hematol. 2015. doi:10.1002/ajh.24183  PMID:26348869  
  6. Andreotti C, King AA, Macy E, Compas BE, DeBaun MR. The Association of Cytokine Levels With Cognitive Function in Children With Sickle Cell Disease and Normal MRI Studies of the Brain. J Child Neurol. 2015;30(10):1349-53. doi:10.1177/0883073814563140  PMCID:PMC4466214  PMID:25512362  
  7. Beverung LM, Strouse JJ, Hulbert ML, Neville K, Liem RI, Inusa B, Fuh B, King A, Meier ER, Casella J, DeBaun MR, Panepinto JA, SIT trial investigators. Health-related quality of life in children with sickle cell anemia: impact of blood transfusion therapy. Am J Hematol. 2015;90(2):139-43. doi:10.1002/ajh.23877  PMCID:PMC4304929  PMID:25345798  
  8. Abel RA, Cho E, Chadwick-Mansker KR, D'Souza N, Housten AJ, King AA. Transition Needs of Adolescents With Sickle Cell Disease. Am J Occup Ther. 2015;69(2):6902350030p1-5. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.013730  PMCID:PMC4480057  PMID:26122692  
  9. King AA, Rodeghier MJ, Panepinto JA, Strouse JJ, Casella JF, Quinn CT, Dowling MM, Sarnaik SA, Thompson AA, Woods GM, Minniti CP, Redding-Lallinger RC, Kirby-Allen M, Kirkham FJ, McKinstry R, Noetzel MJ, White DA, Kwiatkowski JK, Howard TH, Kalinyak KA, Inusa B, Rhodes MM, Heiny ME, Fuh B, Fixler JM, Gordon MO, DeBaun MR. Silent cerebral infarction, income, and grade retention among students with sickle cell anemia. Am J Hematol. 2014;89(10):E188-92. doi:10.1002/ajh.23805  PMCID:PMC4261188  PMID:25042018  
  10. Widemann BC, Babovic-Vuksanovic D, Dombi E, Wolters PL, Goldman S, Martin S, Goodwin A, Goodspeed W, Kieran MW, Cohen B, Blaney SM, King A, Solomon J, Patronas N, Balis FM, Fox E, Steinberg SM, Packer RJ. Phase II trial of pirfenidone in children and young adults with neurofibromatosis type 1 and progressive plexiform neurofibromas. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2014;61(9):1598-602. doi:10.1002/pbc.25041  PMID:24753394