University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Dana Bovbjerg, PhD

Dana Bovbjerg
Professor, Department of Psychiatry (Secondary appointment in Department of Psychology)
Leader, Biobehavioral Oncology Program, UPCI

Contact Information

Contact Information

University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Hillman Cancer Center
5115 Centre Avenue, Suite 140
Pittsburgh, PA 15232-1301


Administrative Assistant
Name: Dolores Oliver
Phone: 412-623-7771
Fax: 412-623-1119

Research Keywords

Research Keywords

Biobehavioral factors in cancer; cancer risk; cancer screening; cancer diagnosis; psychological factors in cancer; smoking behavior

Research Summary

Research Summary

Interdisciplinary studies of: biobehavioral factors in cancer; the emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and biological consequences of breast cancer risk; the contribution of biobehavioral factors to side effects of medical treatments (surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy) and interventions that may ameliorate those effects; interactions between psychological and genetic factors in persistent smoking behavior; and, psychological influences on cancer screening decisions.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

  • Sussner KM, Edwards TA, Thompson HS, Jandorf L, Forman A, Brown K, Kapil-Pair N, Bovbjerg DH, Schwartz MD, Valdimarsdottir HB. Ethnic, racial and cultural identity and perceived benefits and barriers related to genetic testing for breast cancer among at-risk women of African descent in New York City. Public Health Genomi. 2011;14(6):356-70. PMID: 21540561. PMCID: PMC3221259. PubMed Link
  • Azrak S, Ayyasamy V, Zirpoli G, Ambrosone C, Bandera EV, Bovbjerg DH, Jandorf L, Ciupak G, Davis W, Pawlish KS, Liang P, Singh K. CAG repeat variants in the POLG1 gene encoding mtDNA polymerase-gamma and risk of breast cancer in African-American women. PLoS One. 2012 Jan;7(1):e29548. PMID: 22276120. PMCID: PMC3262786. PubMed Link
  • Yao S, Zirpoli G, Bovbjerg DH, Jandorf L, Hong CC, Zhao H, Sucheston LE, Tan L, Roberts M, Ciupak G, Davis W, Hwang H, Johnson CS, Trump DL, McCann SE, Ademuyiwa F, Pawlish KS, Bandera EV, Ambrosone CB. Variants in the vitamin D pathway, serum levels of vitamin D, and estrogen receptor negative breast cancer among African-American women: a case-control study. Breast Cancer Res. 2012 Apr 4;14(2):R58. PMID: 22480149. PMCID: PMC3446393. PubMed Link
  • Neugut AI, Hillyer GC, Kushi LH, Lamerato L, Nathanson SD, Ambrosone CB, Bovbjerg DH, Mandelblatt JS, Magai C, Wei-Yann T, Jacobson JS, Hershman DL. The Breast Cancer Quality of Care Study (B-QUAL): A multi-center study to determine causes for non-compliance with breast cancer adjuvant therapy. J Breast. 2012 May-June;18(3):203-13. PMID: 22487337. PMCID: PMC3519420. PubMed Link
  • Neugut AI, Hillyer GC, Kushi LH, Lamerato L, Leoce N, Nathanson SD, Ambrosone CB, Bovbjerg DH, Mandelblatt JS, Magai C, Tsai WY, Jacobson JS, Hershman DL. Non-initiation of adjuvant hormonal therapy in women with hormone receptor positive breast cancer: The breast cancer quality of care study (B-QUAL). Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2012 July;134(1):419-28. PMID: 22527111. PMCID: PMC3561459. PubMed Link
  • Neugut AI, Hillyer GC, Kushi LH, Lamerato L, Leoce N, Nathanson SD, Ambrosone CB, Bovbjerg DH, Mandelblatt J, Magai C, Tsai WY, Jacobson JS, Hershman DL. Non-initiation of adjuvant chemotherapy in women with localized breast cancer: The breast cancer quality of care study (B-QUAL). J Clin Onc. 2012. Nov 1; 30(31):3800-9. PMID: 23008305. PMCID: PMC3478575. PubMed Link
  • Shelton RC, Hillyer GC, Hershman DL, Leoce N, Bovbjerg DH, Mandelbatt JS, Kushi LH, Lamerato L, David Nathanson S, Ambrosone CB, Neugut AI. Interpersonal influences and attitudes about adjuvant therapy treatment decisions among non-metastatic breast cancer patients: an examination of differences by age and race/ethnicity in the BQUAL study. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2013 Feb;137(3):817-28. PMID 23263696. PMCID: PMC3563273. PubMed Link
  • Styn MA, Bovbjerg DH, Lipsky S, Erblich J. Cue-induced cigarette and food craving: a common effect? Addict Behav. 2013 Mar;38(3):1840-3. PMID 23262259. PMCID: PMC3591815. PubMed Link
  • Vin-Raviv N, Hillyer GC, Hershman DL, Galea S, Leoce N, Bovbjerg DH, Kushi LH, Kroenke C, Lamerato L, Ambrosone CB, Valdimarsdottir H, Jandork L, Mandelblatt JS, Tsai WY, Neugut AI. Racial disparities in posttraumatic stress after diagnosis of localized breast cancer: The BQUAL study. J Natl. Cancer Inst. 2013 Apr 17;105(8):563-72. PMID: 23434900. PMCID: PMC3627645. PubMed Link
  • Nolen BM, Orlichenko LS, Marrangoni A, Velikokhatnaya L, Prosser D, Grizzle WE, Ho K, Jenkins FJ, Bovbjerg DH, Lokshin AE. An extensive targeted proteomic analysis of disease related protein biomarkers in urine from healthy donors. PLoS ONE 8(5): e63368. PMID: 23723977. PMCID: PMC3665773. PubMed Link

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Current UPCI/Pitt Collaborators

Mounzer Agha, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Gretchen Ahrendt, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery and the Director of Surgical Breast Services at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
Member - Breast and Ovarian Cancer Program (BOCP)

Omar Awais, DO
Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Chief of Thoracic Surgery at UPMC Mercy

David Bartlett, MD
Bernard Fisher Professor of Surgery, Chief of Surgical Oncology at UPMC CancerCenter
Member - Cancer Immunology Program (CIP)

Inna Belfer, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Member - Biobehavioral Oncology Program (BOP)

Mary Amanda Dew, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

Charles Horn, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Member - Biobehavioral Oncology Program (BOP)

Current External Collaborators

Christine Ambrosone, PhD
Professor of Oncology and Chair of Cancer Prevention and Control
Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Joel Erblich, PhD
Lecturer of Oncological Sciences
Mt. Sinai Hospital

Francis Keefe, PhD
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Duke University

Alfred Neugut, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Associate Director for Population Sciences, and Co-Director of the Cancer Prevention Program
Columbia University

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