Our Mission

Welcome to the Cancer Survivorship Research Team (CSRT) website! Our lab investigates the impact of cancer treatments on various functions of overall well being. We look at sleep, fatigue, cognition and neuronal changes that are associated with quality of life. We currently have two studies open. One looks at using behavioral interventions to improve sleep, fatigue and quality of life in cancer patients and survivors. The other looks at newly diagnosed women and how their cognition is affected after cancer. We also investigate the relationship between dysregulation of the neuroendocrine stress response system, sleep problems, fatigue, and disease progression in cancer patients with primary and metastatic cancers.

Job Announcements

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator Positions

We are seeking applicants for 2 full-time Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator (ACRC) positions. For the first ACRC, we are looking for candidates with a Bachelor's degree or above in psychology, neuroscience, human biology, or another related area. For the second ACRC, who will also be a Study Therapist, we are looking for candidates with a Master's degree in clinical psychology, marriage & family therapy, social work, or another related field with experience delivering psychotherapy. For both positions, prior human subjects research experience is required. Candidates who are currently finishing up their degree but will graduate in the next few months may apply as well.

The ACRCs will primarily help run a clinical trial having to do with breast cancer and a form of CBT for insomnia as well as assist, as needed, with an observational MRI study on cognitive dysfunction from breast cancer treatments. Job duties will include but are not limited to scheduling and executing study visits, preparing and submitting regulatory documents to the Institutional Review Board, recruiting participants, conducting and scoring neuropsychological assessments, co-piloting MRI scans, putting study procedure materials together, making reminder phone calls, measuring participants' heart rate variability, managing data, and other procedural tasks as needed. Additionally, the ACRCs will assist in collecting blood samples from participants at a local laboratory, so the ACRCs must be comfortable with handling biological samples. Depending on the applicants' interests, there will also be opportunities for poster presentations and papers co-authored with other research team members.

Start date: As soon as possible, but exact day is negotiable. A 1-year minimum commitment is required, while a 2-year commitment is highly favored.

How to apply: Applicants should email a curriculum vitae, brief cover letter, and soonest available start date to Oxana Palesh, PhD, MPH, and Bailey Selland, MS: opalesh@stanford.edu and bselland@stanford.edu.

Postdoctoral Fellow Position

We are seeking applications for an NCI-funded post-doctoral research fellow to join the Stanford Cancer Survivorship Research Laboratory in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (PI: Oxana Palesh). This position provides a full time salary and benefits, as well as an opportunity to earn clinical hours, if needed. Necessary qualifications: Ph.D. or Psy.D. in clinical or counseling psychology, or in a related field. Prior research experience or training in behavioral sleep medicine is a plus, but is not essential.

The postdoctoral fellow will join an exciting multidisciplinary environment at Stanford University with opportunities to develop expertise in neuroscience, biomarkers of behavior change, psychooncology, cancer control, and sleep medicine.

The postdoctoral fellow will receive mentorship from the PI and co-investigators in the conduct and design of clinical intervention research and will assist in conducting experimental and control interventions. Furthermore, the postdoctoral fellow will gain experience in the analysis, interpretation, write-up and co-authorship of data for conference presentations and publications. The postdoctoral fellow can also gain experience in helping to supervise research staff and mentoring undergraduate/graduate students.

How to apply: Applicants should submit: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) cover letter, 3) names of 3 references, and 4) a recent publication. Applications should be emailed to: Oxana Palesh, PhD, MPH,Director, Stanford Cancer Survivorship Research, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA, email:opalesh@stanford.edu. The review of the applications will begin immediately (posted: April 17, 2017) .

For Interested Participants

Please go to the "Projects" tab for eligibility and information on our recruiting studies.