Oxana Palesh, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Oxana Palesh

Dr. Oxana Palesh completed her Stress and Psychooncology Fellowship at Stanford University in 2006 and MPH at University of Rochester in 2009. Her current research interests focus on investigating how to alleviate the side effects of cancer treatments and improving cancer patients' sleep, fatigue and quality of life. She is also interested in the relationship between dysregulation of the neuroendocrine stress response system, sleep problems, fatigue, and disease progression in cancer patients and survivors. Outside of research, she enjoys hiking, climbing, running, and comedy shows.

Katie Edwards, Ph.D.

Clinical Supervisor

Katie Edwards

Dr. Edwards received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston in 2008 and is a Clinical Instructor in the division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford. Dr. Edwards specializes in cardiac behavioral medicine and works with patients who have a variety of cardiovascular problems (e.g., coronary artery disease, coronary spasm, electrophysiological problems, congenital heart malformation, and inherited cardiac disease). Her research interests include the efficacy and cost efficiency of integrated psychosocial care and she is running several pilot studies including CBT for insomnia in cardiac patients, group psychotherapy for patients with spontaneous coronary artery dissection, brief bedside CBT for patients undergoing transaortic valve replacement, and mindfulness based stress reduction as part of cardiac rehabilitation. Her hobbies include hiking, biking, reading, rowing, and playing with her son.

Melissa Packer, M.A.

Lab Manager

M. Melissa Packer

Melissa received an M.A. in clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University. She hopes to pursue an academic research career in clinical psychology. Outside of research, she enjoys scary movies, baking, and llamas.

Michelle Moore, B.A.

Clinical Research Coordinator

Satya Satyanarayana

Satya received his J.D. from Harvard University.

Bailey Selland, M.S.

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Bailey Selland

Bailey Selland completed her MS in Marriage and Family Therapy at Brigham Young University in Utah after graduating from UC San Diego with a degree in psychology. Her research interests include neurophysiology, especially as it relates to emotion and couple relationships. Apart from her studies, Bailey enjoys camping and creating short films of her adventures.

Bingjie Tong, B.S.

Clinical Research Coordinator

Bingjie Tong

Bingjie Tong graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2016. She majored in both Psychology and Sociology and graduated with Highest Honors. Bingjie is broadly interested in emotion regulation and coping mechanisms during chronic stress. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling with friends and family, and playing music.

Caroline Scheiber, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Caroline Scheiber

Before joining Stanford, Caroline obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology from Alliant International University, San Diego, and a master degree in psychology from New York University. She recently completed her APA accredited internship at Denver Health Medical Center where she provided psychological services, in both Spanish and English, to patients based on a psycho-physiological treatment model. In her leisure time, Caroline enjoys rock climbing and running, and feels most comfortable in the presence of her friends during game night.

Jade Verdeflor

Undergraduate Student

Jade Verdeflor

Jade is a senior at Stanford, majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in Community Health Interventions for Migrant and Minority populations. She is currently an undergraduate volunteer research assistant on the team and hopes to work towards an MD/MPH after her undergraduate career. She also aims to do work in global health fields and return to the Philippines, after having done cancer research there for a summer. Her hobbies include singing and performing traditional Filipino and Polynesian dance.

Jacky Chu

Undergraduate Student

Jacky Chu

Jacky is a freshman at Stanford University planning to study Human Biology. He is interested in neuroscience, psychology, developmental biology and hopes to pursue a MD/PhD. He aspires to become a doctor in Japan in order to address stigmatization of mental health. In his free time, he loves playing volleyball, watching anime, and spending time with his friends.


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