Research Team

Top: Wasef Atiya, Laura Perry, Michael Hoerger, Jim Rogers
Bottom: Adina Kazan, Joel Epling, Leah Walsh, Brittany Cullen, Elise Goff

Michael Hoerger, PhD, MSCR

Dr. Hoerger is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Oncology at Tulane University and a Contributing Member of the Tulane Cancer Center. As a clinical health psychologist and decision scientist, he has devoted his career to conducting interdisciplinary research on quality of life in cancer. Dr. Hoerger serves as a reviewer for over 40 professional journals, teaches research methodology and statistics, mentors research trainees, provides clinical services, and engages with the community on issues related to work, education, and health. Currently, he serves on the editorial board of Health Psychology, functions as Tulane's Organizational Lead for the NIH-sponsored Palliative Care Research Cooperative (PCRC), manages the charitable foundation web site for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and reviews grants for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the National Cancer Institute's "Deep South" GMaP Region 2. As well, he was Tulane's first faculty member to complete the NIH-sponsored Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center's Roadmap Award. Dr. Hoerger is the founding Director of the Psycho-Oncology Research Program.


Laura Perry, BS

Laura Perry is a second-year doctoral student studying health psychology under the primary mentorship of Dr. Michael Hoerger. She received a B.S. in Psychology from Tulane University in 2016. She is particularly interested in how personality factors and other individual differences contribute to physical and emotional health outcomes in cancer. Additional areas of interest include palliative care outcomes evaluation, patient perceptions of palliative care, and scale development and other statistical methods. When she's not working in the lab, Laura enjoys vegetable gardening, playing soccer, and playing the piano.


Brittany Cullen, MA

Brittany Cullen is a first-year doctoral student studying health psychology under the primary mentorship of Dr. Michael Hoerger. Before joining the psycho-oncology research program at Tulane, she earned a bachelor's degree in human ecology from College of the Atlantic and a master's degree in psychology from Columbia University. Her research interests include quality of life in cancer, shared decision-making, and caregiver burden. She is passionate about translational psychological science and hopes that her research will lead to reducing disparities and improving quality of care.