Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Medical Social Sciences

David E Victorson, PhD

David E Victorson, PhD

Associate Professor of Medical Social Sciences

Focus of Work

Bio

I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Illinois (071.007103), Associate Professor of Medical Social Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine, and Director of Integrative Oncology at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center's Survivorship Institute. I direct the Consciousness in Health Research Lab (www.consciousnessinhealth.org) and my research focuses on: 1) Advancing the evidence base of contemplative awareness practices (mindfulness, yoga), resilience and emotion regu...[Read full text]I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Illinois (071.007103), Associate Professor of Medical Social Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine, and Director of Integrative Oncology at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center's Survivorship Institute. I direct the Consciousness in Health Research Lab (www.consciousnessinhealth.org) and my research focuses on: 1) Advancing the evidence base of contemplative awareness practices (mindfulness, yoga), resilience and emotion regulation in cancer patient populations and other chronic illness, as well as medical students and healthcare providers; 2) Developing novel digital health solutions to increase self-management, engagement, and social connection; and 3) Improving measurement precision and utility of self-reported outcomes using qualitative and item response theory (IRT) approaches. New areas of study include exploring the role of natural environments on indicators of health and well-being. Woven throughout is a focus on health disparities reduction, community engaged research, and assessment of biological and physiological outcomes (e.g., cortisol, C-reactive protein, Interleukin-6, heart rate variability) using minimally invasive approaches and wearable technologies. I am also the founder and director of a cancer support nonprofit organization for teens and young adults called TRUE NORTH TREKS (www.truenorthtreks.org). Other professional roles and affiliations include: 1) Member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center (RHLCCC) at Northwestern University; 2) Research Co-Chair of the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Working Group at RHLCCC; 3) Chair of the Research Working Group in the Academic Consortium of Integrative Medicine and Health; and 4) Research Faculty at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine. Previous positions include Director and Associate Director of Research at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine.[Shorten text]

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Education and Certification

  • PhD: U of Miami, Counseling Psychology (2003)

Visit David E Victorson's Northwestern Scholars Profile to see the list of publications.