Tamara J. Somers, PhD


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Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Department / Division:
Psychiatry / Behavioral Medicine
DUMC 3320
Durham, NC 27710
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  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), 2007
Other Training:
  • BA, Psychology, MidAmerica Nazarene University (Kansas), 1998
  • MA, Psychology, Boston University (Massachusetts), 2000
  • MS, Clinical Psychology, University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), 2004
Clinical Interests:
Individual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), anxiety and mood disorders, adjustment-related problems, stress management for health-related concerns (e.g., weight, pain)
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Tamara J. Somers, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Somers conducts research developing, testing, and implementing behavioral interventions for pain and other symptoms in patients with chronic disease (e.g., cancer, arthritis). She is particularly interested in developing behavioral interventions that are personalized to the needs of individual patients and using innovative delivery methods (mobile health) to deliver the interventions. Grant awards from the NIH, American Cancer Society, and other funding agencies support her research. Dr. Somers also co-directs a clinical psychology training program at the Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) that trains graduate students, clinical psychology interns, and post-doctoral fellows in psychosocial and behavioral symptom management interventions. She is the Director of Research for the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program at DCI. Dr. Somers maintains a small clinical practice at the Duke Faculty Practice at Erwin Square.