Previous Research Scholars/Consultants/Post-Docs/Students

Oxana Palesh, Ph.D.  (2002
California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego
Evaluation of Traumatic Narratives in CSA survivors
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University medical Center

Kate Collie, M.F.A, Ph.D.  (2003-2005)
University of British Columbia
Perspectives on Psychosocial Support for Women with Breast Cancer
Assistant Professor, University of Alberta
Department of Oncology, Palliative Care Division
Clinical Counselor and Art Therapist, Cross Cancer Institute

Karni Ginzburg, Ph.D.  (2003-2004)
Tel Aviv University
Senior Lecturer, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Bob Shapell School of Social Work

Jay Azarow, Ph.D.  (2003-2004)
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Generativity and Meaning-Finding as Resilience Factors in Breast and Prostate Cancer
Psychologist, Kaiser Permanente

Katrin Reuter, Ph.D.  (2002-2003)
University of Freiburg, Germany
Fatigue in Breast Cancer Patients
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Freiburg University Medical Center

Heather Abercrombie, Ph.D.  ( 2001-2003)
University of Wisconsin
Cortisol Rhythmicity in Metastatic Cancer Patients and Controls Dana Foundation
Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin
Department of Psychiatry with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology

Mareile Grumann, Dipl. Psych. Dr. rer. nat.  (2000-2002)
Philipps-Universität, Marburg, Germany
Suppression of Fear of Death & Body Preoccupation, Pain, and Fatigue in Women with Advanced Cancer.
Needs Assessment of Facial Cosmetic Procedures in Improving Quality of Life and Body Image in Women with Treatment for Cancer.
Clinical psychologist, Juist, Germany

Matthew J. Cordova, Ph.D.  (1999-2001)
University of Kentucky
Do Community Cancer Groups Enhance Wellbeing?
Staff Psychologist, Palo Alto VA
Assistant Professor, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology

Cheryl Gore-Felton, Ph.D.  (1997-1999)
Stanford University
Psychosocial Aspects of HIV Risk Behaviors
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
Stanford University Medical Center

Rachel Kimerling, Ph.D.  (1997)
University of Georgia
Mood Disorders Research
Clinical Psychologist, National Center for PTSD, Palo Alto VA health Care System

Rhonda Moore, Ph.D.  (1996-1998)
Stanford University
Imagery and Hypnosis in Treatment of Cancer Patients
Chief Administrative Officer and Special Projects Manager, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Department of Gynecologic Oncology

Pam Kato, Ph.D.  (1995-1998)
Stanford University
Hypnosis in Treatment of Cancer Patients
Executive Vice President, HopeLab

Sandra Sephton, Ph.D.  (1995-1996)
Brigham Young University
Psychoneuroendocrine and Psychoneuro-immune Effects of Psychosocial Factors in Metastatic Breast Cancer Outcomes
Assistant Professor, University of Louisville
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Lisa D. Butler, Ph.D.  (1994-1997)
Stanford University
Investigating adult emotional, cognitive, and physiological sequelae of childhood sexual abuse and other trauma.
Associate Professor , State University of New York at Buffalo
School of Social Work

Ron Duran, Ph.D.  (1994-1997)
University of Southern California
Hypnotizability and Traumatic Experience
Assistant Professor, University of Miami
Department of Psychology

Janine Giese-Davis, Ph.D.  (1994-1997)
University of Illinois
Emotional Expression and Metastatic Cancer Progression
Associate Professor , University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine
Department of Oncology

Michael Bachmann, M.D., D.Sc.  (1995-1996)
Harvard University
Sleep and breast cancer Mindfulness and health
Basic Life Sciences Research Associate, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University

Manuela Kogon, M.D.  (1994-1996)
University of Basel School of Medicine
Individual and Group Medical Psychotherapy, Hypnosis, Psycho-Oncology
Staff Physician, Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine
Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and UCSF Department of Family Medicine and Community Medicine

Paul Jasiukatis, Ph.D.  (1993-1996)
Queens College, City University of NY
Psychophysiological Psychiatry
Surgical Neurophysiology Specialist, University of California at San Francisco
Department of Neurological Surgery

Karyn Angell, Ph.D.  (1994-1997)
University of Oregon
Social and Emotional Factors Related to Disease Progression
Assistant Professor, University of Oregon
Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services

Kaye Hermanson, Ph.D.  (1992-1993)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Social Support, Stress and Breast Cancer
Clinical Psychologist, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of California at Davis Medical Center

Catherine Classen, Ph.D.  (1991-1993)
York University, Toronto
Psychosocial Intervention for Spouses of Women With Metastatic Breast Cancer
Associate Professor, University of Toronto

James Spira, Ph.D.  (1991-1993)
University of California, Berkeley
Support groups
Hypnosis Private Practice, San Diego, CA

Abdoeline Soleman, Ph.D.  (1990-1992)
University of Utrecht, Netherlands
Effects of Breast Cancer on Families Clinical Psychiatrist in Amsterdam

Etzel Cardeňa, Ph.D.  (1988-1991)
University of California, Davis
Dissociative Disorders Diagnosis, Acute Dissociative Reactions to Trauma, Hypnotizability & Psychopathology
Thorsen Professor, Department of Psychology
Center for Research on Consciousness and Anomalous Psychology
Lund University, Sweden

Johnna Medina, Ph.D. (2017-2019)
The University of Texas at Austin
Automated hypnosis intervention development and evaluation of automated hypnosis in the treatment of smoking and chronic pain; projects examining the role of cortisol dysregulation in breast cancer and sleep
Clinical Instructor, Stanford University
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Arianna Aldridge Gerry, Ph.D., M.P.H. (2011-2014)
SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego
Sleep, Psychosocial Stress, and Immune Function in Women with Advanced Breast Cancer
Clinical Psychologist
Transitions Professional Center, Portland OR

Young Don Pyun, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Young Don Pyun has a private hypnosis clinic for psychiatric disorders in Seoul, South Korea. He is a director of the Korean Society of Clinical Hypnosis for physicians. Dr. Pyun learned hypnosis from David Spiegel and his father Dr. H. Herbert Spiegel.

Dr. Pyun was a recent Visiting Scholar working in the Center for Stress and Health on research papers and in the clinical field.

Mette Terp Hoybye, MSc, PhD
Dr. Hoybye's research is concerned with the rehabilitation of cancer survivors and has a particular focus on how the internet and new social media may be utilized to support cancer rehabilitation.

While visiting Stanford University, Dr. Hoybye is working on developing a behavioral intervention seeking to increase adherence to cancer treatment and alleviate social isolation through an immersive 3D online real-time multi-user environment for adolescents and young adults with cancer. This work brings together previous work on social media as a resource to people with a serious illness and insights from research on video-games and immersive virtual worlds, to establish new ways for engaging youth in medical treatment and increase their knowledge on the illness they are facing.

Professional education:
PhD: University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Faculty of Health Sciences, 2009
MSc: University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Institute of Anthropology, 2002
BA:  University of Aarhus, Denmark, Department of Ethnography and Social Anthropology, 1999