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Dr. Giselle K. Perez is an Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a staff psychologist in the Behavioral Medicine Service at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Perez received her Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Connecticut, during which time she dedicated a portion of her time to teaching and mentoring graduate students and undergraduate researchers. Her research broadly focuses on cancer prevention and outcomes research, with a special emphasis on multicultural issues and health disparities research. She has received a number of awards and funding from the NCI, the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, and the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Clinically, Dr. Perez specializes in working with cancer patients and survivors to improve coping with the post-treatment transition period, manage stress and anxiety symptoms, and promote health behavior change (e.g., tobacco treatment).
Dr. Perez is strongly committed to identifying innovative solutions to improve health care equity, quality, and outcomes among vulnerable, underserved and minority groups. To date, Dr. Perez has conducted psychosocial and behavioral research with a variety of cancer populations and with providers (e.g., palliative care clinicians, medical interpreters) who work with these populations. Specific interests include the development of integrative mind-body and behavioral interventions to promote health behavior change, treatment adherence, and treatment outcomes for patients throughout the cancer spectrum.
Mehta, D., Perez, G.K., Traeger, L.N., Goldman, R.E., Haime, V., Chittenden, E., Park, E., Denninger, J., & Jackson, V. (2015). Building Resiliency in a Palliative Care Team: A Pilot Study. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, under publication.
Perez, G.K., Haime, V., Jackson, V., Chittenden, E., Mehta, D. & Park, E.R. (2015). Promoting Resiliency Among Palliative Care Clinicians: Stressors, Coping Strategies, and Training Needs. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 18, 332-337.
Park, E.R., Kirchoff, A.C., Perez, G., Leisenring, W., Weissman, J.S., Donelan, K., Mertens, A.,C., Reschovsk, G.T., Armstrong, G.T., Robison, L.L., Diller, L.R., Recklitis, C.J., Kulthaul, K.A. (2014). Childhood Cancer Survivor Study participants’ perceptions and familiarity with the Affordable Care Act. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 33, 764-772.
Perez, G.K. & Cruess, D.G. (2014). The Impact of Familism on Physical and Mental Health Among Latinos in the United States. Health Psychology Review, 8, 95-127.
Perez, G.K., Cruess, D.G., Cruess, S., Schwartz, R., Stroop, J., Brewer, M., & Greenstein, R. (2011). Attitudes toward Direct-to-Consumer Advertisements (DTCA) and Online Genetic Testing Among High Risk Women Participating in a Hereditary Cancer Clinic. Journal of Health Communications, 22, 1-22.
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