Assistant Professor, Medical Social Sciences; Feinberg School of Medicine
Cancer Control & Survivorship
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Sofia Garcia, PhD is a clinical health psychologist who conducts research on the assessment and management of symptoms, distress, quality of life and other health outcomes in cancer populations. She is the scientific project director of four federally-funded cancer control studies: a clinical trial of a low-literacy-friendly multimedia cancer patient education system; a symptom management clinical trial for patients with advanced cancer; a feasibility study of a technology-based symptom monitoring system in pediatric oncology; and a cancer supplement to the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS), a National Institutes of Health Roadmap Initiative developing patient-reported outcome measures. Dr. Garcia is site principal investigator of a federally-funded research study developing patient-reported measures of medical adherence. She is also a co-investigator on a study examining the life impact and health behaviors of young adult cancer survivors and a community-based participatory research project to identify healthcare inequities experienced by Latina breast cancer survivors. Dr. Garcia has a strong interest in post-treatment cancer survivorship. She currently has two career development applications under review focused on patient-centered cancer care across the disease / treatment continuum and has served on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Special Emphasis Panel reviewing survivorship care plan pilot grant applications.