The Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) is a unique, collaborative research team with members from oncology, nursing, palliative care, psychiatry, and psychology.
Jennifer Temel, MD
Co-Director, Cancer Outcomes Research & Education Program
Research Interests: Palliative care, symptom management, and patient-clinician communication.
Joseph Greer, PhD
Co-Director, Cancer Outcomes Research & Education Program
Research Interests: Development and testing of supportive care interventions for patients with cancer.
Research Interests: Investigating patient-reported outcomes, developing interventions to enhance patient-centered decision-making, & designing supportive & palliative care interventions to improve the care of patients with hematologic malignancies & their families.
Amy Clara, Psy.D., MA
Research Interests: Psych-Oncology, dyadic distress management during cancer treatment, and cognitive-behavioral and integrative medicine coping strategies for health anxiety.
Deborah Forst, MD
Research Interests: Palliative and supportive care for patients with brain and spinal cord tumors.
Daniel Hall, PhD
Research Interests: Cancer-related uncertainty, cancer survivorship, mind-body interventions for symptom management.
Research Interests: Understanding health disparities for individuals with severe mental illness.
Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH
Research Interests: Early integrated outpatient palliative care and palliative care communication education.
Research Interests: Coping with cancer diagnosis and treatment, and evidence-based interventions to improve physical and emotional outcomes and symptom management for patients with cancer, cancer survivors, and cancer caregivers.
Research Interests: Investigating patient-reported outcomes, end-of-life outcomes, and health care utilization in hematologic malignancies; developing interventions to enhance patient quality of life, therapy tolerability, and care delivery; developing and testing palliative and supportive care interventions to improve the care of older adults with aggressive lymphomas; integrating patient-reported outcomes into clinical trials of novel therapies.
Daniel Lage, MD
Research Interests: Geriatric oncology, Transitions of Care, End of Life Care, Health Services Research.
Debra Lundquist, PhD
Ashley Nelson, PhD
Research Interests: Understanding quality of life impairments stemming from cancer diagnosis and treatment, and adapting psychosocial interventions to alleviate physical and emotional side effects for patients with hematologic malignancies.
Elyse Park, PhD, MPH
Prevention & Survivorship/Implementation Data Science
Research Interests: Development and integration of motivational and behavioral intervention treatments, particularly for chronic stress and smoking cessation, into cancer and survivorship care.
Research Interests: Issues related to quality of care and survivorship for patients with breast cancer as well as health policy and bioethics issues related to oncology.
Giselle Perez, PhD
Research Interests: Development of integrative mind-body and behavioral interventions to promote health behavior change, treatment adherence, and treatment outcomes for patients throughout the cancer spectrum.
Kathryn Post, PhD, RN, ANP-BC
Research Interests: Improving the lives of cancer survivors through developing tailored, evidence-based survivorship interventions and programs.
Lara Traeger, PhD
Research Interests: Behavioral aspects of symptom management and quality of life among adults with cancer.
Nneka N. Ufere, MD
Research Interests: Palliative care for patients with advanced liver disease.
Ryan Nipp, MD, MPH
Research Interests: Optimizing the care delivered to patients with cancer and their family.
Hermioni Amonoo, MD
Research Interests: Understanding the wellbeing needs of vulnerable cancer populations, especially those with hematologic malignancies, to inform the development of novel behavioral and psychological interventions for patients and their caregivers. Incorporating positive psychological wellbeing in the care of patients with cancer and their caregivers.
Tamryn Gray, PhD, RN, MPH
Research Interests: Patient-family centered care, disparities, and health services research.
Nora Horick is a biostatistician at the MGH Biostatistics Center who specializes in the design and analysis of cancer studies. Nora provides statistical support for CORE investigators, including assistance with planning and design considerations for trials and data analysis.
Research Interests: Robust analysis methods for cluster randomized trials and innovative methods to account for participant dropout in clinical trials.
Post-Doctoral and Oncology Fellows
Zeba Ahmad, PhD
Research Interests: Applying evidence-based intervention strategies to improve mental health among young adults with cancer.
Anna Barata, PhD
Research Interests: Examining patient-reported and neurocognitive outcomes, testing supportive care interventions and developing relevant patient-reported outcomes measures in patients diagnosed with hematological cancers and treated with hematopoietic cell transplant and adoptive cellular therapies.
Greta Jankauskaite, MS, MA
Research Interests: Cancer caregiver support, palliative care, bereavement, grief counseling training for mental health professionals, and end-of-life communication training and support for medical providers.
Stephen Lo, PhD
Research Interests: Supportive treatments to improve outcomes and quality of life in adults with cancer.
Richard Newcomb, MD
Research Interests: Improving the quality of life of those with malignant and benign hematologic diseases.
Vinayak Venkataraman, MD
Research Interests: Improving the care and outcomes of adolescents and young adults (AYA) with cancer.
Research Coordinators that work with CORE