Elyse Park, Ph.D.

PhD Investigator Clinical
Mongan Institute Health Policy Center, Mass General Research Institute
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
MPH Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 2007
PhD Yeshiva University 1997
anxiety; anxiety disorders; health insurance; lung cancer screening; lung neoplasms; relaxation therapy; smoking; smoking cessation; stress psychological; survivors; tobacco

As a researcher, my area of excellence is designing and testing behavioral interventions for medical populations, with a primary focus on integrating systems-based behavioral interventions into oncology settings.

I also have expertise in developing and analyzing qualitative research to inform behavioral intervention and survey development. I currently directly the behavioral research for the MGH Tobacco Research & Treatment Center, the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, and the MGH Cancer Survivorship Program.

The contributions of my skills are reflected in my collaborations, funding, and 140 peer reviewed publications. I have led numerous externally-funded research projects, most of which have involved applications of mixed methods research.

An American Cancer Society (ACS) training grant is supporting my research examining risk perceptions of individuals undergoing lung cancer screening. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, I examined the effect of depression and anxiety on postpartum relapse to smoking. I received a grant for the Livestrong Foundation to conduct a national survey among childhood cancer survivors to examine the quality of their health insurance coverage.

I received funding, as part of a Dana-Farber/University of Massachusetts NCI U54 collaborative grant, to 1) examine racial differences in coping with lung cancer and 2) conduct a pilot resiliency intervention with medical interpreters. With funding from the NCI, I conducted a pilot study to assess the feasibility and efficacy of a behavioral and pharmacological smoking cessation intervention for early stage lung cancer patients.

I am currently conducting a multicenter RCT to compare the effectiveness of integrating an intensive counseling plus pharmacological intervention vs. a brief counseling intervention.

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