Sally Jensen, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Medical Social Sciences
Department of Surgery, Division of Organ Transplantation
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
633 N. Saint. Clair St., 19th Fl.
Chicago, IL 60611
During my graduate training in clinical health psychology at the University of Florida, I developed a strong interest in biopsychosocial relationships in the context of medical illness and women’s health, with a particular focus on the interrelationships between psychosocial functioning, neuroendocrine/immune functioning, and physical symptom onset in oncologic surgery. During my post-doctoral fellowship, I expanded my interest in psychosocial functioning and physical symptom onset in the peri-operative period to include a focus on patient-reported measures of surgical outcome in addition to more traditional clinical indices of surgical outcome. This line of research is grounded in the hope that a better understanding of the relationships between psychosocial functioning and surgical outcome may help to identify optimal surgical candidates, as well as lead to the development of future interventions to improve psychosocial functioning and surgical outcome among those individuals who may be at risk for poorer surgical outcomes.
As my interest in surgical outcome research has unfolded, I have developed an interest in exploring the potential relationships between psychosocial functioning and physical symptoms among other populations, including candidates for transplant surgery. In addition, as medical technology advances, I am interested in examining these relationships in the context of medical decision-making with respect to innovative surgical and non-surgical treatment options.
Sannes TS, Jensen, S.E., Dodd SM, et al. Depressive symptoms and cortisol variability prior to surgery for suspected endometrial cancer. Psychoneuroendocrinology. July 2 2012;Epub ahead of print.
Jensen, S.E., Pereira, D.B., Whitehead, N., et al. (2012) Cognitive-Behavioral Stress Management and Psychological Well-Being in HIV+ Racial/Ethnic Minority Women With Human Papillomavirus. Health Psychology. Apr 30 2012;Epub ahead of print.
Jensen, S.E., Rosenbloom, S., Beaumont, J., Abernethy, A., Jacobsen, P.B., Syrjala, K., Cella, D. (2011). A new index of priority symptoms in advanced ovarian cancer. Gynecologic Oncology. 120 (2) :214-9 doi:10.1016/j.ygyno.2010.09.025.
Pereira, D.B., Sannes, T. S., Dodd, S.M., Jensen, S.E., Morgan, L.S., Chan, E.K.L. (2010) Life stress, negative mood states, and antibodies to heat shock protein 70 in endometrial cancer. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 24, 210-214.
Jensen, S.E., Lehman, B., Antoni, M.H., Pereira, D.B. (2007). Virally mediated cervical cancer in the iatrogenically immunocompromised: Applications for psychoneuroimmunology. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 21,758-766. Fulkerson, J.A., Himes, J.H., French, S.A., Jensen, S., Petit, M., Stewart, C., Story, M., Ensrud, K., Fillhouer, S., Jacobsen, K. (2004). Bone outcomes and technical measurement issues of bone health among children and adolescents: Considerations for nutrition and physical activity intervention trials. Osteoporosis International, 15, 929-941.