I am a health psychologist with expertise in helping patients cope with chronic illness and stressful life events and the use of cognitive behavioral therapy (including strategies such as hypnosis) to reduce their anxiety and depression and improve quality of life. I provide interventions to individual patients and survivors, and at times I also meet with members of their families. In addition, I am the psychological liaison to the Colorectal Disease Management Team.
Currently, I am the director of research development for the Disparities and Community Outreach Laboratory. The lab examines methods to increase minority participation in clinical trials and develops culturally congruent prevention and treatment interventions. I am also affiliated with the Symptom Studies and Pharmacotherapy Laboratory. The lab conducts and examines symptom assessment studies, which are aimed at enhancing quality of life and relieving suffering of patients.