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Catherine Mosher, Associate Professor

Research Areas

The primary goal of my research is to develop, evaluate, and disseminate novel psychosocial approaches to improving symptom management and quality of life for people with cancer and their family caregivers.  I also aim to identify demographic, medical, and social predictors of physical and psychological health outcomes in these populations to inform intervention development.  I am especially interested in the management of fatigue, sleep disturbance, pain, anxiety, and depression in cancer care. Please see my research website for more information on current projects: https://psychology.iupui.edu/behavioral-oncology-lab

Students and Training

I am committed to mentoring the next generation of clinical scientists in behavioral oncology. Since I began my assistant professorship at IUPUI, my students have been first authors or co-authors on 26 peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous conference presentations and other papers under review. My students have first-authored publications in high impact journals, such as Cancer and Annals of Behavioral Medicine. In addition, my students have received 10 regional and national awards and grants, including National Cancer Institute-supported R25 and T32 fellowship awards in Cancer Control.  All of my students have access to the numerous research and training resources of the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center's Cancer Prevention and Control Program.

I am considering applications to our Ph.D. program in clinical psychology for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Current graduate students:

Previous Students:

  • Joseph Winger, Ph.D. 2017. Dr. Winger is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center.
  • Rebecca Adams, Ph.D. 2016. Dr. Adams is currently a clinical research scientist at Virta Health, a company in San Francisco that delivers technology-based behavioral interventions for diabetes. Previously, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychology at Stanford University.
  • Shannon Christy, Ph.D. 2015. Dr. Christy is an assistant member (equivalent to assistant professor) at Moffitt Cancer Center. Previously, she completed an R25-funded postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center.

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Education

2002    B.A., Psychology, Youngstown State University
2004    M.A., Psychology, University at Albany, State University of New York
2007    Clinical Psychology Internship, Duke University Medical Center
2007    Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University at Albany, State University of New York
2010    Post-doctoral Fellowship, Psycho-Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Courses Taught / Teaching

  • PSY-I 591 Psychopathology
  • PSY-B 380 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY-B 346 Theories of Personality

Research

The long-term goal of my research is to improve the physical and psychological health of individuals diagnosed with cancer and their family caregivers. My research focuses on the following three objectives: (1) identifying demographic, medical, and contextual predictors of physical and psychological health outcomes in cancer populations; (2) identifying predictors of mental health service use and interest in these services in cancer populations; and (3) developing and evaluating psychosocial and behavioral interventions to improve symptom management and quality of life among cancer patients and their family caregivers.  To achieve these research objectives, I employ a wide range of designs, including descriptive studies involving quantitative and qualitative methods and randomized controlled trials.  My research team is currently conducting a study examining a telephone support program for advanced lung cancer patients and their family caregivers.  My research studies have been supported by the National Cancer Institute (K07CA168883; PI: Mosher), the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, the Walther Cancer Foundation, and the American Cancer Society (PEP-13-236-01-PCSM; PI: Mosher).

My doctoral students have earned fellowships and grants from the National Cancer Institute, the Walther Cancer Foundation, and the American Psychological Association and have access to numerous research and training opportunities through the Indiana University Cancer Center's Cancer Control Program. 

Research Areas

Clinical Psychology, Health

Publications & Professional Activities

Mosher, C. E., Secinti, E., Li, R., Hirsh, A. T., Bricker, J., Miller, K. D., Schneider, B., Storniolo, A. M., Mina, L., Newton, E., Champion, V. L., & Johns, S. A. (2018). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for symptom interference in metastatic breast cancer patients: A pilot randomized trial. Supportive Care in Cancer, 26, 1993-2004.

Mosher, C. E., Secinti, E., Johns, S. A., O'Neil, B. H., Helft, P. R., Shahda, S., Jalal, S. I., & Champion, V. L. (2018). Examining the effect of peer helping in a coping skills intervention: A randomized controlled trial for advanced gastrointestinal cancer patients and their family caregivers. Quality of Life Research, 27, 515-528.

Winger, J. G., Rand, K. L., Hanna, N., Jalal, S. I., Einhorn, L. H., Birdas, T. J., Ceppa, D. P., Kesler, K. A., Champion, V. L., & Mosher, C. E. (2018). Coping skills practice and symptom change: A secondary analysis of a pilot telephone symptom management intervention for lung cancer patients and their family caregivers. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 55, 1341-1349.

Mosher, C. E., Winger, J. G., Given, B. A., Shahda, S., & Helft, P. R. (2017).  A systematic review of psychosocial interventions for colorectal cancer patients. Supportive Care in Cancer, 25, 2349-2362.

Mosher, C. E., Winger, J. G., Hanna, N., Jalal, S. I., Einhorn, L. H., Birdas, T. J., Ceppa, D. P., Kesler, K. A., Schmitt, J., Kashy, D. A., & Champion, V. L. (2016). Randomized pilot trial of a telephone symptom management intervention for symptomatic lung cancer patients and their family caregivers. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 52, 469-482.

Mosher, C. E., Winger, J. G., Given, B. A., Helft, P. R., & O'Neil, B. H. (2016).  Mental health outcomes during colorectal cancer survivorship: A review of the literature. Psycho-Oncology, 25, 1261-1270.

Mosher, C. E., Adams, R. N., Helft, P. R., O'Neil, B. H., Shahda, S., Rattray, N. A., & Champion, V. L. (2016). Family caregiving challenges in advanced colorectal cancer: patient and caregiver perspectives. Supportive Care in Cancer, 24, 2017-2024.

Adams, R. N., Mosher, C. E., Blair, C. K., Snyder, D. C., Sloane, R., & Demark-Wahnefried, W. (2015). Cancer survivors' uptake and adherence in diet and exercise intervention trials: An integrative data analysis. Cancer, 121, 77-83.

Winger, J. G., Mosher, C. E., Rand, K. L., Morey, M. C., Snyder, D. C., & Demark-Wahnefried, W. (2014). Diet and exercise intervention adherence and health-related outcomes among older long-term breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer survivors. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 48, 235-245.

Mosher, C. E., Hanna, N., Jalal, S. I., Fakiris, A. J., Einhorn, L. H., Birdas, T. J., Kesler, K. A., & Champion, V. L. (2013). Support service use and interest in support services among lung cancer patients. Lung Cancer, 82, 162-167.

Mosher, C. E., Champion, V. L., Hanna, N., Jalal, S. I., Fakiris, A. J., Birdas, T. J., Okereke, I. C., Kesler, K. A., Einhorn, L. H., Given, B. A., Monahan, P. O., & Ostroff, J. S. (2013). Support service use and interest in support services among distressed family caregivers of lung cancer patients. Psycho-Oncology, 22, 1549-1556.

Mosher, C. E., DuHamel, K. N., Lam, J., Dickler, M., Li, Y., Massie, M. J., & Norton, L. (2012). Randomized trial of expressive writing for distressed metastatic breast cancer patients. Psychology and Health, 27, 88-100.

DuHamel, K. N., Mosher, C. E., Winkel, G., Labay, L. E., Rini, C., Meschian, Y. M., Austin, J., Greene, P. B., Lawsin, C. R., Rusiewicz, A., Grosskreutz, C. L., Isola, L., Moskowitz, C. H., Papadopoulos, E. B., Rowley, S., Scigliano, E., Burkhalter, J. E., Hurley, K. E., Bollinger, A. R., & Redd, W. H. (2010). Randomized clinical trial of telephone-administered cognitive-behavioral therapy to reduce PTSD and distress symptoms after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 28, 3754-3761.

Mosher, C. E., Sloane, R., Morey, M. C., Snyder, D.C., Cohen, H. J., & Demark-Wahnefried, W. (2009). Associations between lifestyle factors and quality of life among older, long-term breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer survivors. Cancer, 115, 4001-4009.