Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Sofia F Garcia, PhD

Sofia F Garcia, PhD

Associate Professor of Medical Social Sciences and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Focus of Work

Bio

Sofia Garcia, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medical Social Sciences, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at Northwestern University, and a licensed clinical psychologist. She is Interim Director and Director of Clinical Research for the Cancer Survivorship Institute of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center (RHLCCC). Dr. Garcia has fourteen years of research experience in patient-reported outcome measure development and applications in oncology. Her research ...[Read full text]Sofia Garcia, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medical Social Sciences, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at Northwestern University, and a licensed clinical psychologist. She is Interim Director and Director of Clinical Research for the Cancer Survivorship Institute of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center (RHLCCC). Dr. Garcia has fourteen years of research experience in patient-reported outcome measure development and applications in oncology. Her research has focused on developing and implementing 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 eight, 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 evaluations of electronic health record-integrated cancer survivorship care plans and patient-reported distress screening, psychosocial oncology supportive care and palliative care services, and a smart-phone application to promote health self-management in cancer survivors. She is currently principal investigator of an AHRQ-funded R18 study, and administrative core leader of an NCI-funded UM1 project, both evaluating system-wide implementation of patient-reported symptom screening in cancer care. In her clinical role, she provides psychological treatment and evaluation through the Supportive Oncology Program of the RHLCCC.[Shorten text]

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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)