O.T. Hogan Biological Sciences Building Room 2-120
2205 Tech Drive
Evanston IL 60208
Description of Interests
I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Illinois (071.007103) and an Associate Professor of Medical Social Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine. There I direct the Consciousness in Health Research Lab (www.consciousnessinhealth.org) and my research focuses on: 1) Advancing the evidence base of contemplative awareness practices (mindfulness, yoga), resilience and emotion regulation in cancer patient populations and other chronic illness, as well as medical students and healthcare providers; 2) Developing novel digital health solutions to increase self-management, engagement, and social connection; and 3) Improving measurement precision and utility of self-reported outcomes using qualitative and item response theory (IRT) approaches. New areas of study include exploring the role of natural environments on indicators of health and well-being. Woven throughout is a focus on health disparities reduction, community engaged research, and assessment of biological and physiological outcomes (e.g., cortisol, C-reactive protein, Interleukin-6, heart rate variability) using minimally invasive approaches and wearable technologies. I am also the founder and director of a cancer support nonprofit organization for teens and young adults called TRUE NORTH TREKS (www.truenorthtreks.org). Other professional roles and affiliations include: 1) Member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center (RHLCCC) at Northwestern University; 2) Research Co-Chair of the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Working Group at RHLCCC; 3) Chair of the Research Working Group in the Academic Consortium of Integrative Medicine and Health; and 4) Research Faculty at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine. Previous positions include Director and Associate Director of Research at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine.
Behavioral Medicine; Integrative Medicine; Medical Informatics; Oncology; Patient reported outcomes; Psychological issues of patients dealing with medical illness; Psychometrics; Quality of Life
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