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 physical and emotional burden of cancer. For more detail, please review recent publications. We are rapidly expanding, so if you are interested in conducting psycho-oncology research, please apply to join our lab. Please note that students interested in pediatrics or neuroscience should identify other departmental faculty.

  • Applicants to the PhD Program:
    Dr. Hoerger is accepting Health Psychology PhD students who are committed to research careers in palliative care. Apply by December 1. 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 15 for the fall, December 1 for the spring, and April 1 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 Wednesdays from 4:50-6:20pm 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
  • Martin, S. M., Gerhart, J. I., Rochefort, C., Perry, L., & Hoerger, M. (2019). Affective forecasting in health psychology. In S. Richards & L. Cohen (Eds.), The Wiley Encyclopedia of Health Psychology, Volume III: Clinical Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. Oxford, UK: Wiley.
  • Rochefort, C., Hoerger, M., Turiano, N. A., & Duberstein, P. R. (in press). Big Five personality and health in adults with and without cancer. Journal of Health Psychology.
  • 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
  • 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.