Susan Lutgendorf, PhD

The University of Iowa

LutgendorfDr. Lutgendorf is a Professor in the Departments of Psychology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Urology, and member of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa. Her current work, funded by the National Cancer Institute, examines how factors such as stress, depression and social support are linked to biological processes involved in angiogenesis, inflammation and recurrence in ovarian cancer patients. Dr. Lutgendorf has also had substantial experience examining effects of behavioral and complementary interventions on quality of life and the immune response in cancer.

Dr. Lutgendorf completed her doctoral work at the University of Miami. Her work has been recognized by a New Investigator Award from the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society in 2004, an Early Career Award from the American Psychosomatic Society in 2002 and by an award from the American Psychological Association for Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology (2000). Her work has been recognized by a Faculty Scholar Award and the Starch Faculty Fellowship from the University of Iowa.  She is on the Scientific Council of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, is the President-Elect of the American Psychosomatic Society, and serves as a core member of the NCI Network on Biobehavioral Pathways in Cancer.

Spotlight

Hear from Dr. Anil Sood, the Foundation’s Research Chairman, and Carol Brown, 2014 SGO Program Chair, about research of interest to women and the public presented at the 2014 SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer. Watch the video

Awareness

A new SGO Clinical Practice Statement states women diagnosed with epithelial ovarian, tubal, and peritoneal cancers should be considered for genetic counseling and testing, even in the absence of a family history.

Education

The next Gynecologic Cancer Survivors Course Friday, May 2, 2014 in Long Island, NY. For more information on courses, click here.