Dr. 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.