Julie B Schnur, PhD
- ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR | Population Health Science and Policy
- ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR | Oncological Sciences
- Hospital Affiliation
- The Mount Sinai Hospital
- Dubin Breast Center 212-241-3300 212-241-3300
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health Science and Policy (with a secondary appointment in Psychiatry), a member of the Center for Behavioral Oncology, Co-Director of the Integrative Behavioral Medicine Program, and a licensed clinical psychologist. My overall program of research is focused on understanding patients’ experiences of cancer and its treatment, and on developing psychological interventions to help reduce symptoms and improve quality of life during cancer treatment, and to train cancer care providers in sensitive practice and evidence-based psychological interventions to help their patients. My clinical work is focused on helping women with breast cancer to manage emotional distress and physical side-effects associated with the disease and its treatment, at all stages of care. In my clinical work at the Dubin Breast Center, I incorporate both traditional psychotherapeutic approaches (e.g., cognitive-behavioral therapy) and complementary mind-body approaches (e.g., hypnosis) into my work with patients. I am available to help patients with problem-solving, stress management, managing treatment side effects such as pain and fatigue, adjusting to cancer-related changes, transitioning to survivorship, enhancing wellness, and consider it an honor to provide support throughout the cancer journey.
- Adjustment Disorder
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Stress Management/Anxiety Disorders
Behavioral Health, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Complimentary/Alternative/Integrative Medicine, Education, Pain
BA, University of Pennsylvania
MA, St. John's University
PhD, St John's University
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Oncological Sciences
Mid-Career Investigator Award
Society of Behavioral Medicine
Violence and Trauma Special Interest Group
Training Providers in CBT plus Hypnosis - An Evidence-based fatigue intervention
The goal of the proposed R25E is to implement a blended learning program (combining E- Learning with live workshops) to train psychosocial cancer care providers to skillfully, sensitively, and competently deliver CBTH to control breast cancer radiotherapy patients' cancer-related fatigue.
Hypnosis to reduce aromatase inhibitor (AI)-associated musculoskeletal pain and to improve AI adherence: An RCT to explore clinical efficacy and cost effects.
The overall goal of the project is to test the clinical efficacy and cost effectiveness of hypnosis to reduce musculoskeletal pain and improve AI adherence in breast cancer patients.
Cancer treatment retraumatization in sexual abuse survivors
The overall goal of the project is to develop a greater understanding of SACA patients experiences of cancer treatment, how this suffering relates to treatment avoidance, and which SACA patients are most at risk for cancer treatment retraumatization and avoidance.
Dr. Harold and Golden Lamport Research Award
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Early Career Contribution Award
St. John’s University
E-counseling in Psychosocial Cancer Care: A Competency-Based E-learning Approach
The goal of this project is to train (using an E-Learning approach) psychosocial cancer care providers in the foundational competencies of E-Counseling for cancer.
Roy M. Dorcus Award for Best Clinical Paper
The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
The Society of Psychological Hypnosis
Cancer-related quality of life, Psychosocial issues in cancer, healthcare retraumatization
As a clinical psychologist, my primary research aims are to: understand patients’ cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and physical reactions to cancer and its treatment; to understand how psychological factors contribute to patients’ symptoms, side-effects, treatment experiences, and adherence; to develop and test psychotherapeutic and mind-body interventions to help cancer patients manage symptoms, side-effects, and emotional distress at across all phases of the cancer continuum – from diagnosis through metastatic disease; and to train students and providers in sensitive practice and evidence-based approaches to improve cancer care. My current research foci are how a history of sexual abuse influences patients’ reactions to cancer and its treatment; how hypnosis can reduce pain in breast cancer survivors taking aromatase inhibitors; how to help radiation therapists elicit patients’ treatment preferences (and reduce triggering) in the breast radiotherapy setting; and training psychosocial cancer care providers in evidence-based psychotherapeutic techniques (e.g., hypnosis and rational-emotive behavior therapy to manage cancer-related fatigue). Over the years, much of my work has centered on improving quality of life in women undergoing breast cancer treatment. I am particularly interested in the use of qualitative research approaches to understand patients’ lived experiences of cancer and its treatment.
The Integrative Behavioral Medicine Program
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