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Julie Schnur

  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Oncological Sciences
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  • Internship, Clinical Psychology
    Nassau University Medical Center


    I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences (with a secondary appointment in Psychiatry), Co-Director of the Integrative Behavioral Medicine Program and a licensed clinical psychologist. My overall program of research is focused on understanding individuals’ experiences of cancer treatment and developing psychological interventions to help improve their cancer treatment experience. To accomplish these goals, my work incorporates both qualitative and quantitative research methods. My current research projects include: 1) exploring the role of childhood sexual abuse in adult cancer patients' reactions to cancer treatment (with an emphasis on understanding healthcare retraumatization); 2) investigating the potential uses of E-therapy in psychosocial cancer care; and 3) helping breast cancer feel more at ease during radiotherapy patients by preparing them for the treatment experience and facilitating their ability to express their treatment preferences to their treatment team. My clinical work is focused on helping to improve the well-being of women with breast cancer being treated at the Dubin Breast Center, from diagnosis through survivorship. I incorporate both traditional psychotherapeutic approaches (e.g., cognitive-behavioral therapy) and complementary mind-body approaches (e.g., hypnosis) into my work with patients. I am available to help patients with problem-solving, stress management, managing treatment side effects such as pain and fatigue, adjusting to cancer-related changes, transitioning to survivorship, enhancing wellness, and provide support throughout the cancer journey.


Cancer-related quality of life, Psychosocial issues in cancer, healthcare retraumatization


Montgomery GH, Green DD, Kangas M, Green S, Sucala M, Bovbjerg DH, Hallquist MN, Schnur JB. A randomized clinical trial of a cognitive-behavioral therapy plus hypnosis intervention to control fatigue in breast cancer radiotherapy patients. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2014; 32(6).

Sucala M, Schnur JB, Brackman EH, Constantino MJ, Montgomery GH. Clinicians' attitudes toward therapeutic alliance in E-therapy. The Journal of general psychology; 140(4).

Sucala M, Schnur JB, Glazier K, Miller SJ, Green JP, Montgomery GH. Hypnosis--there's an app for that: a systematic review of hypnosis apps. The International journal of clinical and experimental hypnosis 2013; 61(4).

Montgomery GH, Schnur JB, Kravits K. Hypnosis for Cancer Care: 200 years young. Cancer Journal for Clinicians 2012;.

Schnur JB, Graff Zivin J, Mattson DM, Green S, Jandorf LH, Wernicke AG, Montgomery GH. Acute skin toxicity-related, out-of-pocket expenses in patients with breast cancer treated with external beam radiotherapy: a descriptive, exploratory study. Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer 2012 Dec; 20(12).

Schnur JB, Goldsmith RE. Through her eyes. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2011 Oct; 29(30).

Schnur JB, Ouellette SC, Dilorenzo TA, Green S, Montgomery GH. A qualitative analysis of acute skin toxicity among breast cancer radiotherapy patients. Psycho-oncology 2011 Mar; 20(3).

Schnur JB, Love B, Scheckner BL, Green S, Wernicke AG, Montgomery GH. A systematic review of patient-related measures of radiodermatitis in breast cancer radiotherapy. American Journal of Clinical Oncology 2011;.

Schnur JB. Radiotherapy-induced skin changes and quality of life. The Lancet. Oncology 2010 Mar; 11(3).

Schnur JB, Montgomery GH. A systematic review of therapeutic alliance, group cohesion, empathy, and goal consensus/collaboration in psychotherapeutic interventions in cancer: Uncommon factors?. Clinical psychology review 2010 Mar; 30(2).

Montgomery GH, Kangas M, David D, Hallquist MN, Green S, Bovbjerg DH, Schnur JB. Fatigue during breast cancer radiotherapy: an initial randomized study of cognitive-behavioral therapy plus hypnosis. Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association 2009 May; 28(3).

Schnur JB, Ouellette SC, Bovbjerg DH, Montgomery GH. Breast cancer patients' experience of external-beam radiotherapy. Qualitative health research 2009 May; 19(5).

Schnur JB, David D, Kangas M, Green S, Bovbjerg DH, Montgomery GH. A randomized trial of a cognitive-behavioral therapy and hypnosis intervention on positive and negative affect during breast cancer radiotherapy. Journal of clinical psychology 2009 Apr; 65(4).

Schnur JB, Kafer I, Marcus C, Montgomery GH. Hypnosis to manage distress related to medical procedures: A meta-analysis. Contemporary Hypnosis 2008; 25(3-4).

Schnur JB, Bovbjerg DH, David D, Tatrow K, Goldfarb AB, Silverstein JH, Weltz CR, Montgomery GH. Hypnosis decreases presurgical distress in excisional breast biopsy patients. Anesthesia and analgesia 2008 Feb; 106(2).

Montgomery GH, Bovbjerg DH, Schnur JB, David D, Goldfarb A, Weltz CR, Schechter C, Graff-Zivin J, Tatrow K, Price DD, Silverstein JH. A randomized clinical trial of a brief hypnosis intervention to control side effects in breast surgery patients. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2007 Sep; 99(17).

Schnur JB, Valdimarsdottir H, Montgomery GH, Nevid J, Bovbjerg D. Social constraints and distress among women at familial risk for breast cancer. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 2004; 28(2).

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Dr. Schnur did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2014 and/or 2015: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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