Sofia F Garcia, PhD

Sofia F Garcia, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medical Social Sciences and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences



625 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2700
Chicago IL 60611

Education and Certification

PhD: Loyola University-Chicago, Clinical Psychology (2004)
Internship: Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Hines, Psychology (2004)
Fellowship: Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Evanston Northwestern Healthcare) (2005)


Description of Interests

Sofia Garcia, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medical Social Sciences, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at Northwestern University, and a licensed clinical psychologist. She is Director of Translational Research in the Cancer Survivorship Institute of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center (RHLCCC). Dr. Garcia has over 12 years of research experience in patient-reported outcome measure development and applications in oncology. Her research has focused on developing and validating patient reported outcome measures and evaluating patient-centered care initiatives, including those that incorporate health information technology and are tailored to vulnerable populations. She has served as principal investigator of five, and scientific project director of four, cancer control and survivorship studies. Dr. Garcia has been scientific project director, mentored investigator and site principal investigator on three Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) supplement awards. She has also served as a co-investigator on numerous federally-funded studies, including those addressing health literacy and health disparities. Dr. Garcia’s ongoing research includes: evaluation of a smartphone application to promote health self-management in cancer survivors, evaluations of breast cancer survivorship care plans in both a comprehensive cancer center and a safety net hospital, an examination of the relationships between psychosocial risk factors and pro-inflammatory and pro-angiogenic cytokines in colorectal cancer, and an investigation of the impact of treatment costs and financial counseling on cancer patients’ distress and quality of life. In her clinical role, she provides psychological treatment and evaluation through the Supportive Oncology Program of the RHLCCC.

Interests (Keywords)

Cancer Survivorship; Health Disparities; Health Literacy; Patient Communications; Patient reported outcomes; Psychological issues of patients dealing with medical illness; Quality of Life

Research and Publications

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