Julie B Schnur, PhD
- ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR | Population Health Science and Policy
- ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | Psychiatry
- ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR | Oncological Sciences
Research Topics:Behavioral Health, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Complimentary/Alternative/Integrative Medicine, Education, Pain
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health Science and Policy (with a secondary appointment in Psychiatry), a member of the Center for Behavioral Oncology, Co-Director of the Integrative Behavioral Medicine Program, and a licensed clinical psychologist. My overall program of research is focused on understanding patients’ experiences of cancer and its treatment, and on developing psychological interventions to help reduce symptoms and improve quality of life during cancer treatment, and to train cancer care providers in sensitive practice and evidence-based psychological interventions to help their patients. My clinical work is focused on helping women with breast cancer to manage emotional distress and physical side-effects associated with the disease and its treatment, at all stages of care. In my clinical work at the Dubin Breast Center, 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 consider it an honor to provide support throughout the cancer journey.
- Adjustment Disorder
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Stress Management/Anxiety Disorders
BA, University of Pennsylvania
MA, St. John's University
PhD, St John's University
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Oncological Sciences
Mid-Career Investigator Award
Hypnosis to reduce aromatase inhibitor (AI)-associated musculoskeletal pain and to improve AI adherence: An RCT to explore clinical efficacy and cost effects.
Training Providers in CBT plus Hypnosis - An Evidence-based fatigue intervention
Cancer treatment retraumatization in sexual abuse survivors
Dr. Harold and Golden Lamport Research Award
Early Career Contribution Award
E-counseling in Psychosocial Cancer Care: A Competency-Based E-learning Approach
Roy M. Dorcus Award for Best Clinical Paper
Cancer-related quality of life, Psychosocial issues in cancer, healthcare retraumatization
As a clinical psychologist, my primary research aims are to: understand patients’ cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and physical reactions to cancer and its treatment; to understand how psychological factors contribute to patients’ symptoms, side-effects, treatment experiences, and adherence; to develop and test psychotherapeutic and mind-body interventions to help cancer patients manage symptoms, side-effects, and emotional distress at across all phases of the cancer continuum – from diagnosis through metastatic disease; and to train students and providers in sensitive practice and evidence-based approaches to improve cancer care. My current research foci are how a history of sexual abuse influences patients’ reactions to cancer and its treatment; how hypnosis can reduce pain in breast cancer survivors taking aromatase inhibitors; how to help radiation therapists elicit patients’ treatment preferences (and reduce triggering) in the breast radiotherapy setting; and training psychosocial cancer care providers in evidence-based psychotherapeutic techniques (e.g., hypnosis and rational-emotive behavior therapy to manage cancer-related fatigue). Over the years, much of my work has centered on improving quality of life in women undergoing breast cancer treatment. I am particularly interested in the use of qualitative research approaches to understand patients’ lived experiences of cancer and its treatment.
The Integrative Behavioral Medicine Program