Disease Site Focus:
GI, Thoracic/ Lung, Gynecology, Head and Neck
Research Focus Area:
Prevention, Treatment, Diagnosis/ Prognosis
quality of life, advanced cancer, newly diagnosed
Type of Research:
Research Interest Statement:
The field of my research interest is centered on quality of life outcomes for people newly diagnosed with advanced cancer, especially in the psychosocial dimensions. I strive to develop an innovative intervention to address the psychosocial impact of serious illness through a preventative approach with a focus on preserving and optimizing one?s self-resources. The current pilot study to be launched soon at the Winthrop Cancer Institute will be the first empirical study on self-affirmation to address the impact of a diagnosis of advanced cancer. It is proposed that writing with a focus on affirming one?s most cherished values and beliefs will effectively counter the negative impact of receiving a newly diagnosed late-stage cancer diagnosis. Findings will further the understanding of the mechanism of this writing intervention as well as its component parameters. The other line of my research work focuses on measurement. I will continue with further psychometric testing of a most widely used scale on spiritual well-being, the 12-item Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy ? Spiritual Well-being Scale (FACIT-Sp-12), in its original and revised forms.