Laboratories & Research Mentors

Laboratories & Research Mentors



Training program faculty primarily consists of members of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Research in the departments spans three academic services (Psychiatry Service, Behavioral Sciences Service, and Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service), and is coordinated through nine complementary laboratories led by senior faculty.


Our training program faculty includes Primary Research Mentors, all of whom conduct cutting-edge clinical and behavioral psycho-oncology research, and who are committed to training early-stage investigators. Each fellow is assigned to a Primary Research Mentor. Our program also includes Other Research Mentors, who can serve as secondary mentors to fellows.

Primary Research Mentors
NameResearch Interests
Tim A. Ahles, PhDNeurocognitive sequelae of cancer treatment; Translational science
Allison J. Applebaum, PhDCaregiving; Cognitive behavioral therapy; Symptom control
Smita Banerjee, PhDProvider-patient communication; Youth tobacco prevention; Youth indoor tanning; Message framing
Victoria Blinder, MDSurvivorship; Cancer disparities; Financial toxicity
William S. Breitbart, MDSymptom control; Psychotherapy interventions for cancer patients; Distress screening
Lisa Diamond, MDCancer disparities; low-English literacy; immigrant health
Francesca M. Gany, MD, MSCancer disparities; Immigrant health; Community-based participatory research; Recruitment and retention of minorities in clinical trials
Jada G. Hamilton, PhD, MPHGenomic medicine and behavior; Decision making; Family communication; Cancer prevention
Jennifer L. Hay, PhDCancer risk perceptions; Skin cancer prevention; Health behavior theory; Qualitative methods
Jennifer C. Leng, MD, MPHCancer disparities; Low-Asian literacy; Immigrant health
Kelly McConnell, PhDGeriatric psycho-oncology; Symptom control
Christian J. Nelson, PhDCoping with prostate cancer; Geriatric oncology; Sexual sequelae of cancer treatment; Symptom control
Jamie S. Ostroff, PhDTobacco; Lung cancer; Stigma; Survivorship; Implementation science theory and methods; Cancer Disparities
Patricia A. Parker, PhDProvider-patient communication; Symptom Control
James C. Root, PhDNeurocognitive sequelae of cancer treatment
Stephen A. Sands, PsyDPediatric psycho-oncology; Neuropsychology
Other Research Mentors
NameResearch Interests
Yesne Alici, MDSymptom control; Geriatric Oncology
Thomas Atkinson, PhDPatient-reported outcomes; Health-related quality of life; Psychometrics; Systematic reviews
Marie E. Barnett, PhDAdolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Psychosocial outcomes and interventions; Li Fraumeni Syndrome among pediatrics and AYAs
Jeanne Carter, PhDSexual health; Cancer-related infertility
Fumiko Chino, MDFinancial toxicity of cancer care
Rosario Costas-Muniz, PhDCultural adaptation of interventions; Latino cancer health equity; Global health
Devika Jutagir, PhDCancer disparities; Immigrant health
T. Peter Kingham, MD, FACSGlobal cancer disparities
Chris Kotsen, PsyD, CTTS, NCTTPTobacco treatment; Telehealth
Yuelin Li, PhDBehavioral statistical methods and modeling; Clinical trials; Social network analysis; Psychometrics
Wendy Lichtenthal, PhDPsychotherapy interventions for cancer patients; Bereavement
Florence Lui, PhDCancer disparities; Low-Asian literacy; Immigrant health
Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCESymptom control
Judith Nelson, MD, JDSymptom control; Supportive care
William Rosa, PhD, MBE, MSProvider-patient communication; Symptom control; Palliative care
Elizabeth L. Ryan, PhDNeurocognitive sequelae of cancer treatment
Talya Salz, PhDHealth services research; Patient-reported outcomes; Head and neck cancer survivorship; Pain/opioids
Rebecca Saracino, PhDGeriatric psycho-oncology; Symptom control
Andrew Vickers, PhDPatient-reported outcomes; Symptom control
Talia I. Zaider, PhDFamily/couples coping with cancer