Medical & Clinical Psychology: Cancer Survivorship Lab

The Cancer Survivorship Lab is engaged in efforts to improve the health, health care, function, and well-being of cancer survivors in collaboration with international colleagues who include cancer survivor researchers, policy advisers, and health care providers in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Australia, China, and Singapore.

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Briana Todd

Briana Todd is in her sixth year of the Clinical and Medical Psychology PhD program. She received her BS in psychology in 2006 from the University of Florida and her MA in psychology from American University in 2008. At American University, her research interests included the effect of caffeine abstinence on cognitive function and the influence of mood and dietary restraint on women's eating and smoking urges. At USUHS, Briana conducted her master's thesis on the relationship among physical fatigue, depression and cognitive limitations in employed breast cancer survivors. Her doctoral dissertation research's purpose is to develop the Cancer Survivor Profile (CSPro) for recent breast cancer survivors. The CSPro will assist health care providers in identifying problem areas (i.e., symptom burden, function, health behaviors, and health service needs) in need of intervention in breast cancer survivors post primary treatment. Her interests are in optimizing a range of psychosocial and functional outcomes in cancer survivors. Briana can be reached at briana.todd@usuhs.edu.

Master's Thesis:
Are fatigue and depressive symptoms related to cognitive limitations in occupationally active breast cancer survivors?

Doctoral Dissertation:
Development of the Cancer Survivor Profile (CSPro)

Clinical Training Site 2013-2014:
DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center:Health Psychology


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Miki Moskowitz

Miki Moskowitz is a sixth year student in the Clinical and Medical Psychology PhD program. She earned her bachelor's degree in history of science with a certificate in Mind/Brain/Behavior from Harvard University in 2006. Before entering USUHS, Miki worked on a study of cultural competence in health care at Harvard Medical School and worked on medical research/education policy issues in Washington, DC. Miki is conducting her doctoral dissertation research on social support and social media use among young adult cancer survivors. Miki is also interested in the integrated delivery of behavioral health services in medical settings. Miki can be reached at michal.moskowitz@usuhs.edu.





Master's Thesis:
Symptom clusters and work limitations in breast cancer survivors

Doctoral Dissertation:
Young adult cancer connections: A mixed methods investigation of online communication, social support, and unmet needs

Clinical Training Site 2013-2014:
Mary's Center


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Alicia Ottati

Alicia Ottati is a fourth year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program. She earned her bachelor's degree at Campbell University in 1997 and her master's degree at the University of North Dakota in 2009. She is a Major in the United States Air Force and has deployed twice to Southwest Asia. Her research interest is in the development of clinically relevant instruments that evaluate problem areas and long- term functional outcomes in cancer survivors. Her dissertation is focused on the comparison of the predictive utility of neural network modeling and multiple linear modeling regarding unmet needs in cancer survivors. Alicia can be reached at alicia.ottati@usuhs.edu.





Master's Thesis:
Brief self-report measure of work-related cognitive function in breast cancer survivors

Doctoral Dissertation:
Neural Network Modeling in the Prediction of Health Status and Unmet Needs in Breast, Prostate, and Colorectal Cancer Survivors

Clinical Training Site 2013-2014:
Fort Belvoir


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Courtney Collins

Courtney Collins is a fourth year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program and a first lieutenant in the United States Army. She received her BA in Psychology and BA in German in 2009 from the University of Notre Dame where she was also a member of Army ROTC. Courtney wrote her master's thesis on self-reported cognitive limitations in employed malignant brain tumor survivors. She is interested in identifying specific areas of cognitive impairment (such as working memory and executive function) in these individuals that are related to work productivity. Courtney is currently studying cancer survivorship in the US Military. Courtney can be reached at courtney.collins@usuhs.edu.





Master's Thesis:
Cognitive challenges in brain cancer survivors at work

Doctoral Dissertation:
Are active duty cancer survivors with a concurrent behavioral health diagnosis receiving best-fit care?


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Amanda Gehrke

Amanda Gehrke is a second year graduate student in the Clinical and Medical Psychology PhD program. She received her BS in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science with a minor in Medical Anthropology from the University of Michigan in 2011. At the University of Michigan, Amanda worked on a longitudinal fMRI study investigating altered brain function in individuals treated with chemotherapy for breast cancer. Before entering USUHS, she also spent time at the University of Miami's Center on Aging and Department of Psychology working on projects involving isolated older adults, occupationally active caregivers, and individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome. Her interests include providing support to individuals with cancer throughout their treatment, in their transition from patient to survivor, and in their reintegration in to the workplace. She is particularly interested in developing interventions to mitigate cognitive difficulties experienced by occupationally active cancer survivors. Amanda can be reached at amanda.gehrke@usuhs.edu.


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Samantha Wronski

Samantha Wronski is a first-year student in the Medical Psychology PhD program. In 2011, she was named an outstanding senior at Cornell University, earning her bachelor of science degree with honors in Policy Analysis and Management (health policy concentration) and minoring in Global Health. Samantha spent two years as a research assistant in pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research at United BioSource Corporation (UBC) in Bethesda, MD. While at UBC, Samantha co-authored a cost-effectiveness analysis of bendamustine plus rituximab versus CHOP-R in treatment-naive patients with mantle cell and indolent lymphomas, which was presented at the 2012 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting. This summer (2013) Samantha is applying her interest in Global Health at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden where she is working with colleagues to document the wide range of cancer survivorship research and clinical efforts in the European Union. Samantha's interests are in brain cancer survivorship and the integrated delivery of health services for cancer survivors. You can reach her at samantha.wronski@usuhs.edu.


Lab Publications

Moskowitz, M.S., Todd, B.L., Chen, R., & Feuerstein, M. (under review). Perceived function and workplace barriers are related to work outcomes in cancer survivors: Structural equation modeling.

Gehrke, A., Baisley, M., Sonck, A., Wronski, S., Feuerstein, M. (in press). Neurocognitive deficits following primary brain tumor treatment: Considering matched non-cancer comparisons.

Collins, C., Gehrke, A., & Feuerstein, M. (in press). Cognitive work tasks as challenges for brain tumor survivors at work.

Todd, B.L., Moskowitz, M.C., Ottati, A., & Feuerstein, M. (2013). Stressors, stress response, and cancer recurrence: A systematic review. Cancer Nursing. 2013 Apr 24. [Epub ahead of print]

Collins, C., Ottati, A., & Feuerstein, M. (2013). Cancer survivorship. In Loisel, P. (Ed.), Handbook of Work Disability. New York: Springer.

Todd, B.L., Hart, A., & Feuerstein, M. (i2013) Cancer: Psychosocial sequelae. In M.G. Rose, V.T. DeVita, T.S. Lawrence, & S.A. Rosenberg (Eds.), Oncology for the Primary Care Clinician. New York: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Ottati, A., & Feuerstein, M. (2013). Brief self-report measure of work-relatedcognitive limitations in breast cancer survivors. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 7(2), 262-273.

Moskowitz, M.C., Feuerstein, M, & Todd, B.L. (2013). Job stress and physical activity related to elevated symptom clusters in breast cancer survivors at work. Journal of Occupational Medicine, 55, 1, 93-98.

Moskowitz, M.C., Todd, B.L., & Feuerstein, M. (2012). Cancer in the workplace. In R. Gatchel & I. Schultz (Eds.), The Handbook of Occupational Health and Wellness, New York: Springer.

Breckenridge, L.M., Bruns, G.L., Todd, B.L., & Feuerstein, M. (2012). Cognitive limitations associated with Tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors in employed breast cancer survivors. Psycho-Oncology, 21(1), 43-53.

Todd, B.L., Feuerstein, E.L., & Feuerstein, M. (2011) When breast cancer survivors report cognitive problems at work. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine. 42(3), 279-294.

Feuerstein, M., Todd, B.L., Moskowitz, M., Bruns, G.L., Stoler, M., Nassif, T., & Yu, X. (2010). Work and cancer survivors: A conceptual framework. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 4, 415-437.

Feuerstein, M., Bruns, G. L., Pollman, C., & Todd, B. L. (2010). Management of unexplained symptoms in cancer survivors. Journal of Oncology Practice, 6, 308-311.

Harrington, C.B., Hansen, J.A., Mokskowitz, M., Todd, B.L., & Feuerstein, M. (2010). It's not over when it's over: Long-term symptoms in cancer survivors- A systematic review. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 40(2), 163-181.

Calvio, L., Peugeot, M., Bruns, G.L., Todd, B.L., & Feuerstein, M. Measures of cognitive function and work in occupationally active breast cancer survivors. (2010). Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 52(4), 219-227.