Memorial Sloan Kettering psychologist Wendy Lichtenthal

Wendy Lichtenthal, PhD


Clinical Expertise

Psychological Counseling for Patients with Breast Cancer; Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Existential Approaches; Palliative Care and Bereavement Interventions

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About Me


PhD, University of Pennsylvania


NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

Clinical Psychology

I am a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in helping patients with cancer and their families. As Director of the Bereavement Clinic in our Counseling Center, I focus on assisting people who are coping with the loss of a loved one, and I specialize in helping those whose grief persists over time.  I also provide psychological counseling to breast cancer patients using a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches, with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral and existential therapies.

In my research and clinical trial work, I strive to develop interventions for people with cancer and their families to better cope with their grief and fears. How do people with advanced cancer and their families find purpose and meaning while contending with advanced disease and loss? Why do some people develop persistent and debilitating symptoms of grief – and what can be done about this? In my work with bereaved parents, I aim to better understand the meaning-making processes, and psychosocial needs, of this unique and profound type of loss.

I am a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the Association of Death Education and Counseling.


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Memorial Sloan Kettering's doctors and scientists are constantly developing new treatments for cancer. MSK is typically running hundreds of clinical trials at a given time.

You may be able to participate in a clinical trial even if you are new to MSK. Search our online directory to find trial information and see more about who can participate.

Research and Publications

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Lichtenthal’s journal articles. Pubmed is an online index of research papers and other articles from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.