Apply to Join the Psycho-Oncology Research Program

The mission of the Psycho-Oncology Research Program is to improve quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and alleviating the emotional and physical burden of cancer. Please review recent publications to understand the content of our specific studies. Lab values include hard work, efficiency, courage, future-mindedness, and commitment. We are steadily expanding, so if you are interested in conducting psycho-oncology research, please apply to join our lab. Please note that students interested in pediatrics, neuroscience, or non-research careers should identify other departmental faculty.

  • Applicants to the PhD Program:

    This cycle, Dr. Hoerger is accepting Health Psychology PhD students who are committed to research-intensive careers emphasizing palliative care, palliative psychology, or psycho-oncology. Apply by November 30, 2021. The admissions system typically opens in late August. Learn More...
     
     
  • Current Tulane Students:

    Current Tulane students interested in joining the lab should complete an application and email it to Dr. Hoerger. Note that the standard deadlines are August 10 for the fall, November 30 for the spring, and March 31 for the summer. Undergraduates are expected to devote 10-15 hours/week for course credit (e.g., 2 credits). Graduate and medical students should develop an individualized plan with Dr. Hoerger; the deadlines and obligations are negotiable, but a consistent commitment is expected. All lab members must attend weekly lab meetings Fridays from 2:05-3:25pm during the fall and spring semesters. Paid opportunities become available with experience. Our research assistants gain mentorship and skills that enable them to present at research conferences, publish, earn competitive research funding, and advance to highly-competitive future opportunities, including fellowships, employment, and admission to PhD, MD, and other advanced degree programs. Selection is highly competitive, so applicants are encouraged to apply to multiple labs simultaneously.
     


Recent Student Authored/Co-Authored Publications
  • Kazan, A. S., Perry, L. M., Atiya, W., Voss, H. M., Kim, S., Easwar, S., Mercorella, H. N., Lewson, A., Rogers, J. L., Arnold, D., Raines, A. M., Brown, L., Moore, T., & Hoerger, M. (in press). Development and acceptability of an educational video about a smoking cessation quitline for use in adult outpatient mental healthcare. Translational Behavioral Medicine.
  • Alonzi, S., Hoerger, M., Perry, L. M., Chow, L. D., Manoguem C., Cotogno, P., Ernst, E. M., Ledet, E. M., & Sartor, O. (in press). Changes in taste and smell of food during prostate cancer treatment. Supportive Care in Cancer.
  • Perry, L. M., Walsh, L. E., Horswell, R., Miele, L., Chu, S., Melancon, B., Lefante, J., Blais, C. M., Rogers, J. L., & Hoerger, M. (2021). Racial disparities in end-of-life care between black and white adults with metastatic cancer. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 61, 342-349.
  • Perry, L. M., Hoerger, M., Korotkin, B. D., & Duberstein, P. R. (2020). Perceived importance of affective forecasting in cancer treatment decision making. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 38, 687-701.
  • Hoerger, M., Alonzi, S., Perry, L. M., Voss, H. M., Easwar, S., & Gerhart, J. I. (2020). Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health: Real-time surveillance using Google Trends. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 12, 567-568.
  • Gerhart, J., Eaton England, A., Perry, L., O’Mahony, S., & Hoerger, M. (2020). Depressive symptoms, fear of emotional expression, and less favorable attitudes toward palliative care. Psycho-Oncology, 29, 1232-1234.
  • Perry, L. M., Hoerger, M., Korotkin, B. D., Saks, S. J., & Duberstein, P. R. (2020). Self-complexity and socio-emotional adjustment to a romantic event in early adulthood. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 37, 1268-1281.
  • Rogers, J. L., Perry, L. M., & Hoerger, M. (2020). Summarizing the evidence base for palliative oncology care: A critical evaluation of the meta-analyses. Clinical Medicine Insights: Oncology, 14, 1-5.
  • Duberstein, P.R., Chen, M., Hoerger, M., Epstein, R.M., Mohile, S.G., Saeed, F., Perry, L., Yilmaz, S., & Norton, S.A. (2020). Conceptualizing and counting discretionary utilization in the final 100 days of life: A scoping review. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 59, 894-915.
  • Perry, L. M., Hoerger, M., Malhotra, S., Gerhart, J. I., Mohile, S., & Duberstein, P. R. (2020). Development and validation of the Palliative Care Attitudes Scale (PCAS-9): A measure of patient attitudes towards palliative care. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 59, 293-301.
  • Perry, L. M., Hoerger, M., Molix, L. A., & Duberstein, P. R. (2020). A validation study of the mini-IPIP five-factor personality scale in adults with cancer. Journal of Personality Assessment, 102, 153-163.
  • Perry, L. M., Hoerger, M., Sartor, A. O., & Robinson, W. (2020). Distress among African American and white adults with cancer in Louisiana. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 38, 63-72.
  • Hoerger, M., Ramos, K., Ellington, L., Perry, L. M., Pollak, K. I., & Porter, L. S. (2019). Organizing psychologists, behavioral scientists, and allied professionals: Formation of the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Palliative Care Special Interest Group. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 58, 10-11.
  • Perry, L. M., Hoerger, M., Seibert, K., Gerhart, J. I., O’Mahony, S., & Duberstein, P. R. (2019). Financial strain and physical and emotional quality of life in breast cancer. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 58, 454-459.
  • Korotkin, B. D., Hoerger, M., Voorhees, S., Allen, C., Robinson, W., & Duberstein, P.R. (2019). Social support in cancer: How do patients want us to help? Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 37, 699-712.
  • Hoerger, M., Perry, L., Korotkin, B., Walsh, L., Kazan, A. S., Rogers, J., Atiya, W., Malhotra, S., & Gerhart, J. (2019). Statewide differences in personality associated with geographic disparities in access to palliative care: Findings on openness. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 22, 628-634.
  • Hoerger, M., Wayser, G., Schwing, G., Suzuki, A., & Perry, L. (2019). Impact of interdisciplinary outpatient specialty palliative care on survival and quality of life in adults with advanced cancer: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 53, 674-685.
  • Rochefort, C., Hoerger, M., Turiano, N. A., & Duberstein, P. R. (2019). Big Five personality and health in adults with and without cancer. Journal of Health Psychology, 24, 1494-1504.
  • Perry, L. M., Hoerger, M., Silberstein, J., Sartor, O., & Duberstein, P. R. (2018). Understanding the distressed prostate cancer patient: Role of personality. Psycho-Oncology, 27, 810-816.
  • Hoerger, M., Greer, J. A., Jackson, V. A., Park, E. R., Pirl, W. F., El-Jawahri, A., Gallagher, E. R., Hagan, T., Jacobsen, J., Perry, L. M., & Temel, J. S. (2018). Defining the elements of early palliative care that are associated with patient-reported outcomes and the delivery of end-of-life care. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 36, 1096-1102.
  • Hoerger, M., & Cullen, B. D. (2017). Early integrated palliative care and reduced emotional distress in cancer caregivers: Reaching the "hidden patients." The Oncologist, 22, 1419-1420.
  • Hoerger, M., Perry, L. M., Gramling, R., Epstein, R. M., & Duberstein, P. R. (2017). Does educating patients about the Early Palliative Care Study increase preferences for outpatient palliative cancer care? Findings from Project EMPOWER. Health Psychology, 36, 538-548.
  • Barkan, T., Hoerger, M., Gallegos, A. M., Turiano, N. A., Duberstein, P. R., & Moynihan, J. A. (2016). Personality predicts utilization of mindfulness-based stress reduction during and post-intervention in a community sample of older adults. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 22, 390-395.
  • Gerhart, J. I., Allen, C. O., & Hoerger, M. (2014). Cultural aspects of smoking and smoking cessation. In L. H. Cousins (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity. (Vol. 12, pp. 1200-1202). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


Recent Student-led Conference Posters and Presentations
  • Freestone, L., Mossman, B., Perry, L. M., & Hoerger M. (2021, April). The role of psychology in palliative care: A systematic review of meta-analyses. Paper to be presented virtually at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.
  • Alonzi, S., Perry, L. M., & Hoerger, M. (2021, April). Depression Symptom Severity and Physical Symptom Burden in Cancer Patients. Paper to be presented virtually at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.
  • Perry, L. M., Moran, J. B., Hoerger M., & Murray, D. R. (2021, April). Increasing undergraduate dispositional intelligence through formal coursework in personality psychology. Paper to be presented virtually at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.
  • Perry, L. M., Kazan, A. S., Atiya, W. F., Kim, S., Voss, H. M., Mercorella, H. N., Easwar, S., Rogers, J. L., Lewson, A., & Hoerger, M. (2020, April). Development and acceptability of an educational smoking cessation video for use in outpatient mental healthcare in Louisiana. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco, CA.
  • Perry, L. M., Walsh, L. E., Horswell, R., Miele, L., Chu, S., Melancon, B., Lefante, J., Blais, C. M., & Hoerger, M. (2019, October). Racial disparities in end-of-life care among Louisiana cancer decedents in a population-based study from 2011-2017. Poster presented at annual meeting of the Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium, San Francisco, CA.
  • Perry, L. M., Kazan, A. S., Rogers, J. L., & Hoerger, M. (2018, November). Development and validation of the Palliative Care Preferences Scale (PCPS). Poster presented at the annual meeting of the ASCO Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium, San Diego, CA.
  • Korotkin, B. D., Perry, L. M., Kazan, A. S., Atiya, W., Duberstein, P. R., Saeed, F., & Hoerger, M. (2018, November). Gender and preferences for palliative care: Perceptions of efficacy. Poster presented at the annual ASCO Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium, San Diego, CA.
  • Rogers, J., Cullen, B., Epling, J., Sartor, O., Silberstein, J., Feibus, A., & Hoerger, M. (2018, April). Health Literacy, Anxiety, and Risk of Hospitalization in Men on Active Surveillance for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.
  • Rogers, J., Cullen, B., Epling, J., Sartor, O., Silberstein, J., Feibus, A., & Hoerger, M. (2018, April). Health Literacy, Anxiety, and Risk of Hospitalization in Men on Active Surveillance for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.
  • Cullen, B. D., Perry, L. M., & Hoerger, M. (2018, April). Health Literacy, Socioeconomic Status, and Engagement in Shared Decision-Making in Cancer. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.
  • Kazan, A., Atiya, W., Perry, L., Goff, E., Beggin, A., Rogers, J., Meffert, D., Morrison, D., Garrison, G., & Hoerger, M. (2018, April). EMPOWER 2.0: A Stakeholder-Informed Decision Intervention to Empower Patients with Metastatic Cancer. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.
  • Perry, L. M., Hoerger, M., Seibert, K., Gerhart, J. I., O’Mahony, S., & Duberstein, P. R. (2018, April). Financial strain and quality of life in breast cancer. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.
  • Walsh, L., Epling, J., Melancon, B., Crull, E., Horswell, R., Miele, L., Lefante, J., Chu, S., Canterberry, M., Goff, E., Atiya, W., & Hoerger, M. (2018, April). A PCORI/REACHnet feasibility study on the landscape of end-of-life cancer care in the Deep South. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.
  • Beggin, A., Perry, L. M., & Hoerger, M. (2017, March). Fear of palliative care in younger adults with cancer: An indirect effect of depression symptom severity. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.
  • Perry, L. M., Beggin, A., & Hoerger, M. (2017, March). Frequency and predictors of distress in a diverse cancer sample. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.
  • Perry, L., Hoerger, M., & Duberstein, P. R. (2016, April). Identifying common indicators of aggressive end-of-life care: A scoping review. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science, Washington, DC.
  • Duarte, B., Perry, L., & Hoerger, M. (2016, April). Delay of gratification and patient-reported quality of life in cancer. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science, Washington, DC.
  • Golden, E., Voorhees, S., Isley, E., & Hoerger, M. (2015, April). Finding meaning after a cancer diagnosis: What is the impact of financial strain? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science, Washington, DC.
  • Voorhees, S., Allen, C. O., Rochefort, C., & Hoerger, M. (2015, April). Personalized social support for patients with cancer. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science, Washington, DC.
  • Rochefort, C., & Hoerger, M. (2015, April). Personality, health behaviors, and physical health in patients with prostate cancer. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science, Washington, DC.
  • Perry, L., & Hoerger, M. (2015, April). Personality and mental health in prostate cancer. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science, Washington, DC.
  • Barkan, T., Hoerger, M., Gallegos, A. M., Turiano, N. A., Duberstein, P. R., & Moynihan, J. A. (2015, April). Agreeableness and openness to experience predict utilization of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) techniques during and post-intervention. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science, Washington, DC.
  • Voorhees, S., Rochefort, C., Twichell, C. M., Allen, C. O., & Hoerger, M. (2014, June). Understanding the psychosocial needs of patients with cancer: Pilot research in clinical health psychology. Invited presentation to the Susan and Herman Merinoff Palliative Medicine Program, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY.
  • Golden, E., Isley, E., Voorhees, S., Rochefort, C., Twichell, C. M., & Hoerger, M. (2014, April). Finding meaning after a cancer diagnosis: Using interdisciplinary clinical psychology research to inform future palliative cancer care. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching, New Orleans, LA.
  • Rochefort, C., Twichell, C. M., Voorhees, S., Golden, E., Allen, C. O., Isley, E., & Hoerger, M. (2014, April). Coping with cancer: A mixed-methods study of coping strategies and effectiveness. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching, New Orleans, LA.
  • Allen, C. O., Voorhees, S., Ketterer, H. L., Baker, C. N., McLaughlan, J., Stone, T. L., Chapman, N. E., & Hoerger, M. (2014, April). Social support in cancer: How do patients want us to help? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching, New Orleans, LA.