Chapel Hill Hospitals
Education and Training:
BA, Chemistry, Vassar College
MD, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Residency, Psychiatry, UNC-Chapel Hill
Fellowship, Consultation-Liaison Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill
I am a psychiatrist and clinical researcher with advanced training in psycho-oncology and a career focus to improve cognitive outcomes in patients with cancer. My goal for this line of research is to rigorously evaluate objectively measured and patient-reported outcomes of cognition, understand how other psychosocial and biological variables impact cognition, and test pharmacological interventions to prevent or treat the cognitive consequences of cancer and cancer care. Related to my interest in cognitive outcomes in cancer patients, I have led foundation- and NIH-funded clinical trials to ameliorate delirium during hospitalization for stem cell transplantation and mitigate cognitive decline during chemotherapy for breast cancer. My research has also examined a wide range of neuropsychiatric symptoms (e.g., depression, anxiety, grief) in oncology and other medical illnesses.