About Me

I am a Professor in the Department of Medicine, Section of Hematology and Oncology and the Director of the Psychosocial Oncology and Cancer Patient Support Programs at Wake Forest Baptist Health. My research interests are in quality of life in cancer care and psychosocial adaptation to life threatening illness. My clinical work involves the psychological care of patients managing recurrent, advanced disease and undergoing extreme cancer treatments including stem cell transplantation. I teach and lecture on psychosocial care, quality of life, and interpersonal communication skills in the Wake Forest University community.

I have served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation and have published over 125 abstracts, journal articles and text book chapters. Currently, I am on the editorial board of the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. With Michael Cowan, PhD, we published "The Art of Conversation Through Serious Illness: Lessons for Caregivers”, Oxford U Press, April, 2010.