About Lara Traeger, PhD

Dr. Lara Traeger is a psychologist in the Cancer Center and the Behavioral Medicine Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is the Associate Director of the Qualitative & Mixed Methods Research Unit for the Mass General Division of Clinical Research and Director of Qualitative Research for the Mass General Cancer Outcomes Research & Education Program. She also serves as a Scientific and Institutional Review Board Chair for the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. Dr. Traeger received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Miami, and completed her pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Traeger's clinical practice focuses on optimizing health, resilience, and quality of life for adults with chronic medical conditions. Her research focus is on behavioral strategies to reduce disease- and treatment-related complications in patients with cancer. Dr. Traeger has over 120 published works, including peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She has been the principal investigator of funded grants from the NIH/National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the American Lung Association, and serves on the editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals including Health Psychology, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, and Psycho-Oncology. Dr. Traeger supervises and mentors trainees in the Behavioral Medicine Service and the Cancer Outcomes Research & Education Program.

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Behavioral Medicine Service
One Bowdoin Square
7th Floor
Boston, MA 02114-2927
Phone: 617-724-5600
Fax: 617-724-8690

Medical Education

  • PhD, University of Miami
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

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Dr. Traeger's research focuses on improving health, resilience and quality of life in adults affected by cancer. She also studies patient-clinician communication and clinician wellbeing. She has specific expertise in the conduct, teaching and supervision of mixed methods research to develop and test patient-centered behavioral and integrative medicine interventions.