Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Medical Social Sciences

Frank J Penedo, PhD

Frank J Penedo, PhD

Roswell Park Professor

Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Focus of Work

Bio

Dr. Frank J. Penedo is the Director of Survivorship and of the Cancer Survivorship Institute of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCC). He also serves as Program Leader of the Cancer Control and Survivorship Research Program at the LCC and directs the Biopsychosocial Mechanisms and Health Outcomes (BMHO) Program within the Department of Medical Social Sciences. He earned a PhD in Clinical Health Psychology in 1999 from the University of Miami, and completed his clinical psychology...[Read full text]Dr. Frank J. Penedo is the Director of Survivorship and of the Cancer Survivorship Institute of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCC). He also serves as Program Leader of the Cancer Control and Survivorship Research Program at the LCC and directs the Biopsychosocial Mechanisms and Health Outcomes (BMHO) Program within the Department of Medical Social Sciences. He earned a PhD in Clinical Health Psychology in 1999 from the University of Miami, and completed his clinical psychology residency at the University of Pittsburgh, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Center. He has over 160 publications, serves or has served on editorial boards of major journals in his field and a standing member of various NIH study sections, and his work has been recognized through several awards. He is current President of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine.[Shorten text]

Academic Focus

Dr. Penedo's research program is supported by several NIH funded studies that address the underlying psychosocial, sociocultural and biobehavioral mechanisms of chronic diseases processes and health outcomes. The BMHO Program advances knowledge in four broad themes of inquiry: Behavioral and Psychosocial Processes in Health Outcomes, Sociocultural Determinants of Health, Biobehavioral Mechanisms & Chronic Disease Management Interventions. The platform for this work involves prospective observati...[Read full text]Dr. Penedo's research program is supported by several NIH funded studies that address the underlying psychosocial, sociocultural and biobehavioral mechanisms of chronic diseases processes and health outcomes. The BMHO Program advances knowledge in four broad themes of inquiry: Behavioral and Psychosocial Processes in Health Outcomes, Sociocultural Determinants of Health, Biobehavioral Mechanisms & Chronic Disease Management Interventions. The platform for this work involves prospective observational studies in cancer survivorship and other chronic conditions that address multiple pathways (social, biological, psychosocial) in health outcomes; community-based approaches; biopsychoscial and sociocultural mechanisms in the context of primary and secondary prevention of CVD, and cancer survivorship; technology based intervention studies in cancer survivorship and precision oncology care. Most studies involve a biobehavioral component with emphasis on endocrine regulation, inflammatory & angiogenic pathways, immunocompetence, and gene x environment interactions. Our work emphasizes several methods including ecosocial and biobehavioral approaches; CBT and stress management interventions; technology implementation; translational and team science; and advanced statistical methods.[Shorten text]

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Education and Certification

  • PhD: U of Miami, Clinical Psychology (1999)

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