Honors & Awards

  • 2013 Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Award, Stanford University School of Medicine (May 2013)
  • 2012 Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Award, Stanford University School of Medicine (June 2012)
  • NCI Loan Repayment Program - Clinical Research Extramural Award, Stanford University School of Medicine (10/1/2012-10/1/2014)
  • NRSA Pre-doctoral fellowship award (F31HD056623), UCSD & San Diego State University (2007-2010)
  • Dorathe L. Frick MemorialAward., UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (2008)
  • B.S. Magna Cum Laude, Santa Clara University (2003)
  • Wilheim Wundt Award, Santa Clara University (2003)

Professional Education

  • T32 Fellowship, Stanford University School of Medicine, Psychosocial Oncology/Sleep
  • Internship, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Behavioral Medicine (2011)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of California San Diego (2011)
  • M.P.H., San Diego State University, Behavioral Health (2010)
  • M.S., San Diego State University, Clinical Psychology (2008)
  • B.S., Santa Clara University, Psychology (2003)

Stanford Advisors

Research & Scholarship

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Dr. Gerry is a Postdoctoral Fellow collaborating with Dr. Spiegel on his Sleep, Circadian Hormonal Dysregulation, and Breast Cancer Survival study, and on a study involving self-hypnosis training for children undergoing an invasive medical procedure.

Dr Gerry’s current research interests are concerned with the role of sleep, stress, coping, and health in chronic illness. She is particularly interested in examining how sleep disturbance, psychosocial stress, diurnal stress hormone functioning, and coping are related to mental health, immune function, and survival in women with breast cancer. Dr. Gerry is also interested in the role of physical activity and sleep disturbance in stress hormone and immune functioning. In addition, she is interested in the role of mindfulness, hypnosis, and relaxation as interventions to reduce pain and anxiety associated with invasive medical procedures. She is ultimately interested in exploring interventions for fatigue, pain, and sleep disorders in oncology, specifically related to breast cancer.

Other areas of interest include reducing disparities in cancer screening behavior among women, dissemination of interventions for adults with chronic illness in urban and rural communities, and validation of psychosocial measures among ethnic minority populations. Dr. Gerry’'s dissertation “Breast cancer screening disparities among ethnically diverse women in California: A latent profile analysis” explored health, stress, and demographic factors to identify screening profiles that distinctly influence mammogram screening.



Journal Articles

  • Psychosocial correlates of sleep quality and architecture in women with metastatic breast cancer SLEEP MEDICINE Aldridge-Gerry, A., Zeitzer, J. M., Palesh, O. G., Jo, B., Nouriani, B., Neri, E., Spiegel, D. 2013; 14 (11): 1178-1186


    Sleep disturbance is prevalent among women with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). Our study examined the relationship of depression and marital status to sleep assessed over three nights of polysomnography (PSG).Women with MBC (N=103) were recruited; they were predominately white (88.2%) and 57.8±7.7 years of age. Linear regression analyses assessed relationships among depression, marital status, and sleep parameters.Women with MBC who reported more depressive symptoms had lighter sleep (e.g., stage 1 sleep; P<.05), less slow-wave sleep (SWS) (P<.05), and less rapid eye movement (REM) sleep (P<.05). Single women had less total sleep time (TST) (P<.01), more wake after sleep onset (WASO) (P<.05), worse sleep efficiency (SE) (P<.05), lighter sleep (e.g., stage 1; P<.05), and less REM sleep (P<.05) than married women. Significant interactions indicated that depressed and single women had worse sleep quality than partnered women or those who were not depressed.Women with MBC and greater symptoms of depression had increased light sleep and reduced SWS and REM sleep, and single women had worse sleep quality and greater light sleep than married counterparts. Marriage was related to improved sleep for women with more depressive symptoms.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.sleep.2013.07.012

    View details for Web of Science ID 000326625400021

    View details for PubMedID 24074694

  • "Have a drink, you'll feel better." Predictors of daily alcohol consumption among extraverts: the mediational role of coping ANXIETY STRESS AND COPING McCabe, C. T., Roesch, S. C., Aldridge-Gerry, A. A. 2013; 26 (2): 121-135


    An abundance of information exists pertaining to individual differences in college drinking behaviors with much attention being provided to the role of personality. However, plausible explanations for what prompts engagement in or avoidance of these behaviors have remained largely ambiguous or underexplored, particularly with respect to extraversion (E). Research has since explored how coping behaviors contribute to these associations. The present study built on this research by evaluating differences in daily alcohol consumption as a function of coping choice. The mediational effects of two specific strategies frequently observed in high E individuals (i.e., problem-focused coping and social support) were examined. Using a daily diary approach, 365 undergraduates reported their most stressful experience, how they coped with it, and the number of drinks consumed for five consecutive days. Resulting multilevel-models were consistent with hypotheses indicating the relationship between E and alcohol consumption was partially mediated by problem-focused and support-seeking strategies. The use of problem-focused coping by high E individuals was associated with lower levels of daily alcohol consumption, suggesting this strategy may play a protective role in influencing drinking behaviors. Conversely, the positive effect observed for social support approached significance (p=.054) and was indicative of a potential risk-factor for daily alcohol consumption.

    View details for DOI 10.1080/10615806.2012.657182

    View details for Web of Science ID 000314635800001

    View details for PubMedID 22313495

  • Sleep Disruption in Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors. , 11, 1523-1530. Sleep Disruption in Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors Palesh, O., Aldridge-Gerry, A. A., Ulusakarya, A., Ortiz-Tudela, E., Capuron, L., Innominato, P. 2013; 11: 1523-1530
  • Do normative perceptions of drinking relate to alcohol use in US Military Veterans presenting to primary care? ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS Aldridge-Gerry, A., Cucciare, M. A., Ghaus, S., Ketroser, N. 2012; 37 (7): 776-782


    The current cross sectional study sought to examine whether perceived social normative beliefs are associated with indicators of alcohol use in a sample of alcohol misusing veterans.A sample of 107 U.S. Military Veterans presenting to primary care that screened positive for alcohol misuse on the alcohol use disorders identification test-consumption items (AUDIT-C) was recruited. Assessment measures were used to examine social normative beliefs and alcohol-related concerns as they relate to indicators of alcohol use at baseline.Our findings indicate mixed support for our two hypotheses in that perceived descriptive norms were associated with alcohol use indicators in the predicted direction; however, this was not the case for alcohol-related concerns. For perceived norms, we found that higher quantity beliefs were significantly related to greater alcohol consumption on a drinking day (p<.01), increased likelihood of dependence (p<.01), and frequency beliefs were significantly related to total number of drinking days (p<.01). Findings for alcohol-related concerns emerged contrary to our hypothesis, with results depicting increased alcohol-related concerns associated with higher alcohol consumption across indicators of use (ps<.01).Findings of the current study suggest that social normative beliefs, specifically misperceptions about descriptive norms, are significantly associated with alcohol consumption in a sample of alcohol misusing veterans presenting to primary care.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.addbeh.2012.02.017

    View details for Web of Science ID 000305363400002

    View details for PubMedID 22424825

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