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John M. Salsman, Ph.D.Wake Forest School of Medicine

John M. Salsman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor,

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Academic: 336-713-3613 | Department: 336-716-2011


Education & Training

  • B.A., Asbury College, 1995
  • Master of Arts, Asbury Theological Seminary, 2000
  • M.S., University of Kentucky, 2002
  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2006
John M. Salsman, Ph.D.

John M. Salsman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Social Sciences & Health Policy

Research Interests

Spirituality; Neoplasms; Quality of Life; Religion and Medicine; Adaptation, Psychological
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Contact Information

Academic: 336-713-3613 | Department: 336-716-2011


Recent Publications

Surviving and thriving: pilot interventions to promote psychological well-being, resilience, and posttraumatic growth in AYAs [abstract]. Salsman J.. Psychooncology. 2018;27(Suppl 1):49-50.

Adapting and pilot testing a Web-based intervention to enhance psychological well-being in young adult cancer survivors: the EMPOWER trial [abstract]. Salsman J.. Psychooncology. 2018;27(Suppl 1):50.

Physical health-related quality of life and spirituality in breast cancer surviviors: a cross-lagged model [abstract]. Goyal NG, Ip E, Salsman J, Avis NE.. Ann Behav Med. 2018;52(Suppl 1):S7.

Advancing our understanding of religion and spirituality in the context of behavioral medicine. Park CL, Masters KS, Salsman JM, Wachholtz A, Clements AD, Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Trevino K, Wischenka DM.. J Behav Med. 2017;40(1):39-51.

Assessing preparatory grief in advanced cancer patients as an independent predictor of distress in an American population. Vergo MT, Whyman J, Li Z, Kestel J, James SL, Rector C, Salsman JM.. J Palliat Med. 2017;20(1):48-52.

A randomized pilot trial of a positive affect skill intervention (lessons in linking affect and coping) for women with metastatic breast cancer. Cheung EO, Cohn MA, Dunn LB, Melisko ME, Morgan S, Penedo FJ, Salsman JM, Shumay DM, Moskowitz JT.. Psychooncology. 2017;26(12):2101-2108.

Promoting the shared-care model for adolescent and young adults with cancer: optimizing referrals and care coordination with primary care providers. Kinahan KE, Kircher S, Altman J, Rademaker A, Salsman JM, Didwania A, O'Brien B, Patel AC, Sanford SD.. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017;15(1):38-44.

Clinical research participation among adolescent and young adults at an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and affiliated pediatric hospital. Sanford SD, Beaumont JL, Snyder MA, Reichek J, Salsman JM.. Support Care Cancer. 2017;25(5):1579-1586.

A web-based positive emotions intervention for young adult cancer survivors: preliminary results from the EMPOWER study [abstract]. Salsman J, Sorkin M, Cohn M, Steffen LE, Moskowitz JT.. Psychooncology. 2017;26(Suppl 1):35.

A meta-analytic review of interventions to enhance self-efficacy behaviors in cancer patients and survivors [abstract]. Merluzzi TV, Pustejovsky J, Philip E, Berendsen M, Ruhf CH, Salsman J.. Ann Behav Med. 2017;51(Suppl 1):S1625-1626.

Don't worry, be happy? Meta-analysis of randomized interventions on positive affect in cancer patients and survivors [abstract]. Moskowitz JT, Pustejovsky JE, Hernandez R, Schueller SM, Berendsen M, Salsman JM.. Ann Behav Med. 2017;51(Suppl 1):S1624.

Do psychosocial interventions with cancer patients and survivors increase meaning and purpose? A meta-analytic approach [abstract]. Park CL, Pustejovsky J, Trevino K, Sherman A, Esposito C, Berendsen M, Salsman J.. Ann Behav Med. 2017;51(Suppl 1):S1624-1625.

Religious/spirituality and health behaviors across the cancer continuum [abstract]. Park CL, Salsman JM, Park CL, Stolley M, Holt CL, Mills SD.. Ann Behav Med. 2017;51(Suppl 1):S725.

Promoting psychological well-being in cancer patients and survivors: meta-analyses of randomized clinical trials [abstract]. Salsman JM, Moskowitz JT, Park CL, Merluzzi TV.. Ann Behav Med. 2017;51(Suppl 1):S1623.

Quality-adjusted time without symptoms or toxicity analysis of pazopanib versus sunitinib in patients with renal cell carcinoma. Beaumont JL, Salsman JM, Diaz J, Deen KC, McCann L, Powles T, Hackshaw MD, Motzer RJ, Cella D.. Cancer. 2016;122(7):1108-1115.

The association between religion/spirituality and mental health in cancer [reply to letter]. Salsman JM, Pustejovsky JE, Park CL, Sherman AC, Merluzzi TV, Danhauer SC, Jim HS, Fitchett G.. Cancer. 2016;122(15):2441-2442.

Cancer experiences and health-related quality of life among racial and ethnic minority survivors of young adult cancer: a mixed methods study. Munoz AR, Kaiser K, Yanez B, Victorson D, Garcia SF, Snyder MA, Salsman JM.. Support Care Cancer. 2016;24(12):4861-4870.

Refinement and validation of a general self-efficacy item bank and short form for the NIH PROMIS [abstract]. Salsman JM, Merluzzi TV, Schalet BD, Park CL, Hahn EA, Snyder MA, Cella D.. Qual Life Res. 2015;24(Suppl 1):67.

Assessing meaning and purpose in life: development and validation of an item bank and short forms for the NIH PROMIS [abstract]. Salsman JM, Park CL, Schalet BD, Hahn EA, Steger MF, George L, Snyder MA, Cella D.. Qual Life Res. 2015;24(Suppl 1):144.

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For a listing of recent publications, refer to PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine.

For a list of earlier publications, visit the Carpenter Library Publication Search.

Associate Professor, Social Sciences & Health Policy

John M. Salsman, Ph.D.

John M. Salsman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Social Sciences & Health Policy

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