I am a clinical health psychologist and behavioral scientist with expertise in addressing the psychological aspects of cancer risk, diagnosis, and treatment. As the psychology liaison to the Melanoma Disease Management Team, I specialize in the treatment of patients with melanoma, individuals who are at risk for developing melanoma, and their families.
I am also a clinician within Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Tobacco Treatment Program, which specializes in helping people to quit smoking and using other tobacco products. I offer supportive outpatient counseling to our many patients being treated for cancer here so they can simultaneously work on this aspect of their health.
Through the health behavior change and cancer risk reduction laboratory at our Center’s Behavioral Sciences Service, I focus on two areas in particular: the science of risk perception, and cancer genomics and behavior. I work to optimize the translation of novel basic science, genomic, and epidemiological findings in cancer to health decision making among individuals across diverse populations and settings.
This work involves understanding cancer risk perceptions in the adoption of cancer prevention strategies, and psychological and behavioral approaches to melanoma prevention, control, and therapeutics. Psychological aspects of cancer genomics also play a role. I have been funded by the National Institutes of Health to address these issues since 2001.
I also serve as a member of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Institutional Review Board, which meets regularly to review our hospital’s ongoing and proposed clinical research trials. On a national level, I serve as core teaching faculty for the trans-NIH Advanced Training Institute on Health Behavior Theory.
I am also a member of the Psychosocial Workgroup within the Clinical Cancer Genetics Board for the National Cancer Institute’s Physician Data Query comprehensive database, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Health Decision Making Special Interest Group.
- Clinical Expertise: Counseling and psychotherapy for cancer patients and family members; Behavioral Medicine; Psycho-Oncology; Health Psychology
- Languages Spoken: English
- Education: PhD, Derner Institute, Adelphi University
- Residencies: New York University Medical Center
- Fellowships: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Research is integral to our mission at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and clinical trials help us discover better forms of patient care and treatment. For you, this could mean access to a new therapy or therapy combination. Click to see a list of the trials I’m currently leading.