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Expert Details

Clinical and Academic Psychology; Psycho-oncology and End of Life Decision-making; Higher Education; STEM Education

ID: 738137 Alabama, USA

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Expert is a clinical and academic psychologist with expertise in psycho-oncology and end of life decision making. She has done research to inform understanding of how people make decisions about genetic testing and the relevant ethical, legal, and social (ELSI) issues around these decisions. She has worked with oncology patients for over 25 years as a psychologist and recently was part of the core team that developed CME training materials for mental health and primary care providers to help them more effectively work with breast cancer patients during all phases of the treatment, survivorship, and end of life journey.

She has done research examining how people make decisions about genetic testing and about treatment near the end of life.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1984 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Postdoctoral Fellowship- Developmental Neurobiology Institution: Washington University
Year: 1982 Degree: PhD Clinical Psychologist Subject: Internship Institution: University of Washington
Year: 1981 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Clinical/Developmental Psychology Institution: University of Iowa
Year: 1979 Degree: M.A. Subject: Psychology Institution: University of Iowa
Year: 1975 Degree: B.S. Subject: Psychology Institution: University of Iowa
Year: 2021 Degree: BA Subject: Art Studio Institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2005 to 2021 Employer: UAB Title: Director, Science and Technology Honors Program Department: Psychology and Honors College
Developed and implemented an interdisciplinary science and technology-focused honors program that spanned the entire 4 years for students who were admitted. They completed an honors thesis and a curriculum that emphasized scientific thinking, leadership development and team work.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1999 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Professor Department: Gerontology and Palliative Care
Provide counseling to patients with terminal or complex chronic medical conditions and their families. Provide supervision to trainees in counseling and clinical psychology who aspire to work with this population.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1994 to 2003 Employer: UAB Title: Director, Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program Department: Department of Psychology
Oversaw recruitment, evaluation and selection of doctoral students in the Behavioral Neuroscience Program. Taught Research Methods course. Monitored the progress of students toward completion of degree and completion of the Master's and dissertation requirements.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1993 to 2021 Employer: UAB Title: Professor of Psychology Department:
Maintained and active and extramurally funded research program. Supervised graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Taught several classes per year, primarily in research methods and research design and medical psychology.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1988 to 1993 Employer: UAB Title: Associate Professor of Psychology Department: Psychology
Maintained active research program and taught graduate and undergraduate classes.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1985 to 1988 Employer: UAB Title: Assistant Professor of Psychology Department: Psychology
Maintained active and funded research program and taught classes for graduate and undergraduate students.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Society for Neuroscience
American Psychological Association
American Society for Cell Biology

American Physiological Society
Councils for High Blood Pressure Research, Basic Science and Cardiovascular Disease in the Young
American Heart Association Women and Minorities Leadership Committee
International Society for Developmental Psychobiology
Sigma XI
International Society for Heart Research
American Psychosomatic Society
Society for Behavioral Medicine
Licenses / Certifications
Clinical Psychology in Alabama. Issued in 1997. Licensed
Professional Appointments
Professor Emerita
Department of Psychology
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Supportive and Palliative Care
University of Alabama at Birmingham Health Services Foundation

O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Awards / Recognition
March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Award
American Heart Association Established Investigator Award
National Collegiate Honors Council Celebration of Teaching Tribute
Employer Outstanding Woman Faculty Award
Sam Brown Bridgebuilder Award
President’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research
President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching within the Honors College
(undisclosed) Endowment for Support of the Science and Technology Honors Program
Medical / Professional
Research interests:
- Psychosocial impact of cancer
- End of life decision making
- Use of supportive and palliative care to improve quality of life in cancer survivors
- Psychosocial influences on breast cancer screening behavior and response to cancer diagnosis.
- Facilitating and assessing scientific and critical thinking.
- Use of peer mentorship to facilitate adjustment of student to a college environment
- Obtaining informed consent for genetic testing. Ethical, legal and social issues in genetic screening and genetic testing.
- Interaction of genetic predisposition for disease with environmental and behavioral factors to produce individual risk.
- Facilitation of exercise behavior.

Teaching interests:
- End of Life Decision Making
- Research design and applied statistics
- Scientific writing and presentation
- Principles of leadership
- Scientific thinking
- Evolutionary influences on health and disease
Publications and Patents Summary
Publications: 73
Bibliography: Papers presented: 95
Past grant support: 25

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert for defense. Cases: 1
Other Relevant Experience
Leadership and Administrative Experience:

Psychosocial Oncology Training Academy (POTA). Core Development Team to develop continuing education materials for mental health professionals and primary care providers to assist them in working more effectively with breast cancer patients and survivors. The product is a two-day training program comprehensively addressing the impact of breast cancer, including recurrent and metastatic disease. Modules include culturally sensitive communication, religious and spiritual coping, distress management and others.

Science and Technology Honors Program: Responsible for development of curriculum, student recruitment, facilitating student progress and administering the program budget. Developed a structured honors thesis process that includes a seminar to mentor students through preparation of a formal proposal and a seminar to mentor them through preparation of a journal article formatted thesis. Responsible for stewarding donors and working with both an internal and external advisory council. Have supervised a full-time program manager and two part-time associate directors.

Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program: Oversight of student recruitment, curriculum, and dissertation process. Worked with faculty from Department of Psychology, Joint Health Sciences, and School of Medicine who served as mentors for the students.

Task Force on Academic Advising for Student Success: Appointed by Dean to lead a task force to examine how the student advising process could be optimized to facilitate success and retention of all students. Many of the suggestions made by this task force have subsequently been implemented.

BLAZE Leadership Development Program: Selected for the 2011-2012 BLAZE Leadership Program. Suggested a team project that explored factors available at admission that predict the academic success of transfer students, examining the differences in patterns for students transferring into various majors.

Fields of Expertise

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