Our Team

We have a team of talented and committed individuals researching new ways to support cancer survivors

Dr. Oxana Palesh, PhD, MPH

Principle Investigator

Dr. Oxana Palesh completed her Stress and Psychooncology Fellowship at Stanford University in 2006 and MPH at University of Rochester in 2009.  Outside of research, she enjoys hiking, climbing, running, and comedy shows. 

To contact: opalesh@stanford.edu

Leah Tolby, BS

Clinical Research Coordinator

Leah Tolby graduated from Stanford University in 2021 with a B.S. in Biology with a Neurobiology concentration and a minor in Education. Prior to joining as a coordinator, Leah worked with the Cancer Survivorship Research Team as an undergraduate research assistant for three years. In the future, Leah hopes to attend medical school and apply her experiences from the Palesh Lab to improve the lives of patients. Outside of lab, Leah enjoys dancing, running, and spending time with friends.

To contact: ltolby@stanford.edu

Leah Selcer, BA

Clinical Research Coordinator

Leah Selcer graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2021 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. Leah has a wide range of research interests and is excited to learn more about how the well-being of cancer patients and survivors can be improved. In the future, she hopes to attend graduate school for Clinical Psychology and build upon her research experiences at the Palesh Lab. In her free time, Leah enjoys hiking, discovering new music, and traveling. 

To contact: lselcer3@stanford.edu

Susanne Lee, MPH

Project Manager

Susanne Lee completed her Bachelor's degree at UC Davis and MPH at San Jose State University. She is interested in studying the impacts of disease and medication on mental health and cognition. Outside of research, she enjoys running, traveling, and photography.

Our Team

Undergraduate Student Research Assistant

Our Team

Undergraduate Student Research Assistant


Dr. Shelli Kesler, PhD

Co-Investigator, UT Austin

Dr. Lidia Schapira, MD

Co-Investigator, Medical Oncology

Dr. Douglas Blayney, MD, FACP

Medical Oncology

Cancer Survivorship Research Team Alumni

  • Sophie Fisher
  • Elisa Hofmeister
  • Sarah Sackeyfio
  • Sabrina Chao
  • Kelsey Clemson Vaca
  • Tara Torres
  • Meley Gebresellassie
  • Mallory Cases
  • Rafaela Fadda
  • Donna Tran
  • Bingjie Tong
  • Maggie Wang
  • Sierra Ha
  • Bailey Selland
  • Caroline Scheiber
  • Melissa Packer
  • Michelle Moore
  • Mika Pritchard-Berman
  • Jade Verdeflor
  • Max Rotatori
  • Monica Jeong
  • Tuong Phan
  • Carl DeGuzman
  • Jane Chen
  • Jessica Lee
  • Tara Emrani
  • Karyn Haitz
  • Tracy Vargo
  • Jacky Chu
  • Raquel Osorno
  • Marjorie Adams
  • Holly George