University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Program Members

Dana Bovbjerg, PhD Dana Bovbjerg, PhD (Leader)
Email: bovbjergdh@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Biobehavioral factors in cancer; cancer risk; cancer screening; cancer diagnosis; psychological factors in cancer; smoking behavior

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Ellen Beckjord, PhD, MPH Ellen Beckjord, PhD, MPH
Email: beckjorde@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Biobehavioral interventions; cancer survivorship; electronic health records

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Inna Belfer, MD, PhD Inna Belfer, MD, PhD
Email: belferi@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Genetic and non-genetic determinants of human pain; post-mastectomy chronic pain

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Catherine Bender, PhD Catherine Bender, PhD
Email: cbe100@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Cognitive function, reproductive hormones, breast cancer, adherence to cancer therapy,

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Lora Burke, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN Lora Burke, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Email: lbu100@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Behavioral interventions for obesity

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Cynthia Conklin, PhD Cynthia Conklin, PhD
Email: conklinca@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Subjective, physiological, and behavioral reactivity to drug-related cues in adult smokers

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Brian M. Davis, PhD Brian M. Davis, PhD
Email: davisb@dom.pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Pain management; signal transduction; growth factors

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Eric Donny, PhD Eric Donny, PhD
Email: edonny@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Tobacco; nicotine; cigarettes; smoking; nicotine addiction; nicotine regulation

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Heidi Donovan, PhD, RN Heidi Donovan, PhD, RN
Email: donovanh@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Symptom management; development and testing of theoretically-guided psycho-educational interventions to improve outcomes for patients with cancer

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Linda Ewing, PhD, RN Linda Ewing, PhD, RN
Email: ewinglj@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Clinical psychology

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Charles Horn, PhD Charles Horn, PhD
Email: chorn@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Chemotherapy side effects; nausea and vomiting; quality of life; neurobiology

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John Jakicic, PhD John Jakicic, PhD
Email: jjakicic@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Obesity; physical activity

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Frank Jenkins, PhD Frank Jenkins, PhD
Email: fjenkins@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Role of human herpesvirus HHV-8 in the development and pathogenesis of Kaposi's sarcoma and other cancers

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Michele Levine, PhD Michele Levine, PhD
Email: levinem@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Smoking; obesity; women's health behaviors; psychosocial factors in health behaviors; health behavior interventions; smoking cessation

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Faina Linkov, PhD, MPH Faina Linkov, PhD, MPH
Email: flinkov@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Gynecologic cancers; endometrial cancer; obesity; behavioral lifestyle interventions; early detection; cancer biomarkers

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Carissa Low, PhD Carissa Low, PhD
Email: lowca@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Psychological stress; C-reactive protein

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Amy Lowery, PhD Amy Lowery, PhD
Email: lowerya@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Symptom management; sleep disorders; behavioral sleep medicine; depression; anxiety; pain management

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Robert B. Noll, PhD Robert B. Noll, PhD
Email: nollrb2@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Pediatric cancer; psychosocial issues; clinical trials

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Ellen Ormond, PhD Ellen Ormond, PhD
Email: ormonde@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Psychosocial issues for cancer patients; symptom management; end-of-life issues

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Na-Jin Park, BSN, MSN, PhD Na-Jin Park, BSN, MSN, PhD
Email: parkn@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Inflammatory biomarkers; long-term effects of adjuvant therapy; cancer risk; cancer-related health outcomes; comorbidities; cancer survivorship

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Kevin R. Patterson, MD Kevin R. Patterson, MD
Email: pattkr@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Psycho-oncology interventions and interactions

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Kenneth Perkins, PhD Kenneth Perkins, PhD
Email: perkinska@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Nicotine dependence; smoking cessation

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Donna M. Posluszny, PhD Donna M. Posluszny, PhD
Email: poslusznydm@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Coping with medical illnesses including cancer; psychological stress; stem cell transplantation

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Brian A. Primack, MD, PhD Brian A. Primack, MD, PhD
Email: primackba@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Tobacco use; public health; health education and behavior; media literacy

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Linda B. Robertson, RN, MSN, DrPH Linda B. Robertson, RN, MSN, DrPH
Email: robertsonlk@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Healthcare disparities; decision making; cancer prevention vaccines; individual behavior and impact on health; screening and early detection practices of individuals; end of life issues in underserved populations; survivorship; environmental causes of cancer; community-based research

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Margaret Rosenzweig, PhD, CRNP-C, AOCN Margaret Rosenzweig, PhD, CRNP-C, AOCN
Email: mros@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Women's cancer; cancer education; cancer survivorship; metastatic breast cancer; electronic symptom assessment; minority cancer

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Michael Sayette, PhD Michael Sayette, PhD
Email: sayette@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Psychological theories of alcohol, cigarette, and drug use and abuse; cognitive, affective, and social processes in addiction

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Yael Schenker, MD, MS Yael Schenker, MD, MS
Email: schenkery@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Surrogate decision making; racial/ethnic differences in end-of-life care; informed consent

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John Schmidt, PhD, LP John Schmidt, PhD, LP
Email: schmidtje@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Biobehavioral interventions; clinical psychology

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William Shadel, PhD William Shadel, PhD
Email: wgs1@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Biopsychosocial mechanisms that contribute to smoking initiation and cessation; cognitive-behavioral and pharmacological smoking cessation interventions

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Paula Sherwood, PhD, RN, CNRN Paula Sherwood, PhD, RN, CNRN
Email: prs11@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Behavioral and biological markers of distress in caregivers and patients with neurologic disorders

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Saul Shiffman, PhD Saul Shiffman, PhD
Email: shiffman@pinneyassociates.com
Research Interests / Keywords:
Nicotine dependence; smoking cessation

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Jennifer Lynn Steel, PhD Jennifer Lynn Steel, PhD
Email: steeljl@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Collaborative care interventions to manage cancer-related symptoms and improve quality of life for cancer patients

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Susan Stollings, PhD Susan Stollings, PhD
Email: stollingssr@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Individual and group counseling for cancer patients

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Mingui Sun, PhD Mingui Sun, PhD
Email: drsun@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Bioengineering; neurophysiological signals and systems; biosensor designs; bioelectronics; bioinformatics

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Gjisberta Van Londen, MD, MSc Gjisberta Van Londen, MD, MSc
Email: vanlondenj@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Assessment and management of adverse effects of adjuvant endocrine therapy in older cancer survivors

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Elizabeth Venditti, PhD Elizabeth Venditti, PhD
Email: vendittiem@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Behavioral medicine; health psychology; obesity; lifestyle intervention

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Susan W. Wesmiller, PhD, RN Susan W. Wesmiller, PhD, RN
Email: swe100@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Genetics of post-operative symptoms

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Chao Hsing Yeh, PhD, RN Chao Hsing Yeh, PhD, RN
Email: yehc@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Auricular therapy to manage pain and cancer-related symptoms

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