People

Principal Investigator

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Catherine E. Mosher, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Member, Indiana University Simon Cancer Center

I am an associate professor of psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Since 2010, I have been directing the Behavioral Oncology laboratory. I have a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from SUNY Albany, and I completed postdoctoral training in psycho-oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. My primary research interests are: (1) developing, evaluating, and disseminating psychosocial interventions for cancer patients and their family caregivers; and (2) identifying demographic, medical, and social predictors of physical and psychological health outcomes in cancer patients and their family caregivers.  My recent projects have focused on novel applications of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for these populations.

 
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research COORDINATOR

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Patrick Stutz

I am a Clinical Research Coordinator for both Dr. Mosher’s lab at IUPUI and Dr. Johns' lab at Regenstrief. A recent alumnus of IUPUI, I earned a B.A. in English and a minor in Psychology in May 2017. During undergrad, I worked in the Cognition, Language, and Affect in Serious Psychopathology (CLASP) lab under Dr. Kyle Minor, where I administered the Brief Assessment of Cognition in Schizophrenia (BACS) battery to human subjects to screen for predictors of schizotypy and schizophrenia. I also completed an internship as a research assistant in the Psychiatric Disorders Drug Discovery department at Eli Lilly downtown. A former consultant at the University Writing Center (UWC) on campus, I helped coordinate the Research & Assessment Committee and conducted primary research on the UWC’s consultant-alumni, collecting and analyzing qualitative data through focus groups, interviews, and open ended questions. I am excited to learn more about behavioral oncology and non-medicinal treatments for cancer patients and survivors.

 
 

Graduate Students

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Danielle Tometich

I have been working as a graduate student in Dr. Mosher’s Behavioral Oncology lab since 2014, and above all, I appreciate the opportunity this lab has afforded me to talk with metastatic gastrointestinal, lung, and breast cancer patients and their family caregivers.  Under Dr. Mosher’s mentorship, I have also been able to publish peer-reviewed papers, present at national conferences, apply for internal and federal grants, and collaborate with several other experts in behavioral oncology research.  Dr. Mosher’s involvement with the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center's Cancer Prevention and Control program allowed me to apply for and receive R25 and T32 training fellowships in interdisciplinary cancer control.  My current research interests are in patient-centered symptom management, cognitive symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment, and physical activity for cancer survivors with cognitive problems.

I received my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at IUPUI, and my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Utah.  In my spare time, I enjoy reading, paddle-boarding, running, and playing with my dog and two cats.

 
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Kelly Chinh

I am a third-year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at IUPUI. Prior to IUPUI, I earned my BA in Psychology from UC San Diego. My research interests include protective psychological processes that buffer against stress in cancer patients and their family caregivers. I am also interested in how mindfulness- and acceptance-based interventions affect cancer symptom management and how they might be implemented in a dyadic context. Outside of the lab, I like to run and am always searching for a new trail.

 
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Ekin Secinti

I am a second-year student in the Clinical Psychology program at IUPUI. I received my BA in Psychology from Koc University in Turkey and my MS in Psychology from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. Currently, I am working in the Behavioral Oncology Laboratory under the mentorship of Dr. Catherine Mosher. My research interests are in the relations between cancer patients and their family members, cancer patients' acceptance of their disease, and acceptance-based interventions for patient-caregiver dyads. Outside the lab, I enjoy watching movies and playing the piano. 

 
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Lab Alumni

Rebecca Adams, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University.  She is interested in psychosocial factors such as loneliness in relation to health behaviors and outcomes in patients with chronic medical illness, including cancer and diabetes.

 

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Shannon Christy, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Previously, she completed an R25-funded postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center. Her research focuses on cancer prevention, including colorectal cancer screening and HPV vaccination.

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Joseph Winger, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center.  He received an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellowship award to develop a novel psychosocial intervention for pain management in advanced cancer.