University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Program Members

Dana Bovbjerg Dana Bovbjerg, PhD (Leader)
Email: bovbjergdh@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Biobehavioral, psychological, emotional, and genetic factors in cancer risk, screening, diagnosis, and treatment

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

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Inna Belfer 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 Catherine Bender, PhD
Email: cbe100@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Neuropsychological sequellae of cancer and cancer treatment, and underlying physiological mechanisms

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

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Cynthia Conklin 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 Davis Brian Davis, PhD
Email: bmd1@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Pain management; signal transduction; growth factors

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Eric Donny Eric Donny, PhD
Email: edonny@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Relationship between pharmacological and non-pharmacological determinants of drug use

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

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Charles Horn Charles Horn, PhD
Email: chorn@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Nausea and vomiting; cancer chemotherapy; development of treatments to decrease symptom burden and improve quality of life for cancer patients

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

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Frank Jenkins 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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Photo Unavailable Michele Levine, PhD
Email: levinem@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Psychosocial factors in women's health behaviors; health behavior interventions for postpartum women

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

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Amy Lowery Amy Lowery, PhD
Email: lowerya@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Symptom management in psycho-oncology; sleep disorders in cancer patients; distress screening in cancer care

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Robert Noll Robert Noll, PhD
Email: robert.noll@chp.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Quality of life for children with chronic illness; clinical trials of cognitive behavioral therapy to reduce distress after the diagnosis of cancer in a child; bioethical issues in pediatric oncology related to informed consent

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Ellen Ormond 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 Na-Jin Park, BSN, MSN, PhD
Email: parknj@pitt.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 Patterson Kevin Patterson, MD
Email: pattkr@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Psycho-oncology interventions and interactions

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

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Donna Posluszny Donna 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 Primack Brian Primack, MD, EdM
Email: bprimack@pitt.edu or primba@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Tobacco use; public health; health education and behavior; media literacy

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Margaret Rosenzweig Margaret Rosenzweig, PhD, CRNP-C, AOCN
Email: mros@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Symptom management in palliative care; symptom management barriers and end-of-life care for women with metastatic breast cancer

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

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Photo Unavailable 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 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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Photo Unavailable Saul Shiffman, PhD
Email: shiffman@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Nicotine dependence; smoking cessation

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

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Mingui Sun 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 Gjisberta van Londen, MD, MS
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 Elizabeth Venditti, PhD
Email: vendittiem@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Behavioral medicine; health psychology; obesity; lifestyle intervention

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

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Chao Hsing Yeh 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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