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Dianne Shumay is a psychologist who cares for cancer patients, cancer survivors and patients' loved ones. She works to address a wide range of short-term and long-term needs, including stress management and coping, and goal setting for finding meaning, purpose and better quality of life. She teaches behavioral and mind-body approaches to alleviate symptoms such as pain, fatigue and insomnia. She also works with patients on issues around grief and bereavement, navigating the health care system, and strategies for decision making and communicating with provider teams. She serves as director of psycho-oncology at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Shumay's current research involves a longitudinal study – observing the same subjects over time – of emotional distress in cancer survivors. She is also designing and testing cognitive, behavioral and mindfulness methods of relieving psychological and physical symptoms of cancer and cancer treatment.
Shumay earned a master's degree from Stanford University before completing her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. She completed a predoctoral internship, with an emphasis in medical health psychology, at the University of Florida, followed by a visiting traineeship at the University of Oxford's Harris Manchester College. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in palliative care and hospice medicine at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System.
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, PhD, 2005
University of Florida, Clinical Psychology, 2005
Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, Palliative Care and Hospice Medicine , 2006