Research Team

Michael Hoerger, PhD, MSCR

Dr. Hoerger is Louisiana's leading expert in psycho-oncology research. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Oncology at Tulane University, a Contributing Member of the Tulane Cancer Center, and the Managing Director of Palliative Care Research at the University Medical Center of New Orleans.

As a clinical health psychologist and decision scientist, Dr. Hoerger's long-term goal is to improve quality of life by reducing the emotional and physical burden of cancer. In his early career, Dr. Hoerger has published >60 articles and chapters in psychology and medicine, serves as a reviewer for >50 scientific 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 boards of Health Psychology and Psychological Assessment, functions as Tulane's Organizational Lead for the NIH-sponsored Palliative Care Research Cooperative (PCRC), 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, MS

Laura is a 4th year doctoral candidate in health psychology under the primary mentorship of Dr. Michael Hoerger. She received a B.S. in Psychology from Tulane in 2016. She is particularly interested in how personality and 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.


Undergraduate Research Assistants (bios forthcoming)
  • James Rogers: Psychology, neuroscience
  • Wasef Atiya: Philosophy
  • Hallie Voss: Psychology
  • Alyssa Kim: Psychology, neuroscience
  • Sanjana Easwar: Cell and molecular biology
  • Lily Freestone: Neuroscience

Undergraduate Alumni Pursuing Further Academic Training
  • Katie Seibert, MD (Psychology BS in 2015): Internal Medicine resident at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Sara Voorhees, MS (Psychology BS in 2015): Clinical Health Psychology PhD student at the University of Florida
  • Catherine Rochefort, MS (Psychology BS in 2014, Behavioral Health MS in 2015): Clinical Psychology PhD student at Southern Methodist University
  • Laura Perry, MS (Psychology BS in 2016): Health Psychology PhD student at Tulane University
  • Brooke Duarte, BS (Psychology BS in 2016): Clinical Psychology PhD student at Suffolk University
  • Ashley Beggin, BS (Psychology BS in 2017): Clinical Psychology PhD student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Leah Walsh, MS (Psychology BS in 2017, Behavioral Health MS in 2018): Clinical Health Psychology PhD student at Fordham University