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 Perry is a third-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.