Our Mission

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.

Our MOSAIC study uses behavioral interventions and healthy eating education with the intent to improve sleep, fatigue and quality of life in breast cancer patients and survivors.

In our ProBC study, researchers work with newly diagnosed women and to understand how their cognition is affected after breast cancer. We also investigate the relationship between dysregulation of the neuroendocrine stress response system, sleep problems, fatigue, and disease progression in breast cancer patients with primary and metastatic diagnoses.

For Interested Participants

For information about our ongoing studies, take a look at our research page.


Undergraduate Students: Volunteer Research Assistant

Students will help with neuropsychological assessment, MRI copiloting, blood draws, data management, and other responsibilities. All training will be provided.

A minimum 3-quarter commitment is required, approximately 6 hours a week.

If interested, please email your cover letter and resume/CV to Dr. Oxana Palesh (Principal Investigator) at opalesh@stanford.edu and Bingjie Tong (Clinical Research Coordinator) at tbingjie@stanford.edu.

Graduate Practicum Students

We are seeking applicants for a volunteer study therapist position on our team.

The primary functions of this position include conducting experimental and control behavioral interventions for a clinical trial having to do with breast cancer and a form of CBT for insomnia - see the MOSAIC study on the "Research" page. Other opportunities include conducting cognitive assessments and co-piloting MRI's. Tasks are completed under supervision of a licensed psychologist.

A 1-year minimum commitment is required.

For more information, click here.

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