Faculty

Tamara Somers

Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral Medicine
School of Medicine

Member of the Duke Cancer Institute

Duke Cancer Institute
School of Medicine
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2200 W Main Street, Suite 340, Room 363, Durham, NC 27705

Box 90399, Durham, NC 27710

(919) 416-3408 tamara.somers@duke.edu

Tamara J. Somers, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist and Faculty Member 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. 


Education & Training

Ph.D. 2007

University of Pittsburgh

Grants

Improving Symptom Management for Survivors of Young Adult Cancer

National Institutes of Health

Optimizing Delivery of a Behavioral Cancer Pain Intervention Using a SMART

National Institutes of Health

Optimizing Delivery of a Behavioral Cancer Pain Intervention Using a SMART

National Institutes of Health

Development and Pilot Testing of a Hybrid In Person and mHealth Coping Skills Training Intervention for Symptom Management and Daily Steps in Stem Cell Transplant Patients

National Institutes of Health

Meaning-centered Psychotherapy and Pain Coping Skills in Advanced Cancer

Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (PCRC) Refinement and Expansion

Pain Coping Skills Training for African Americans with Osteoarthritis

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Behavioral Weight and Symptom Management for Breast Cancer Survivors and Partners

National Institutes of Health

Coping Skills for Colorectal Cancer Survivors with Pain and Distress

An Accessible Mobile Health Behavioral Intervention for Cancer Pain (mPain)

Refinement and Expansion of the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group

National Institutes of Health

SPeeding Research-tested INTerventions (SPRINT)

National Cancer Institute

Home-Based Tablet Computer Pain Coping Skills Following Stem Cell Transplant

National Institutes of Health
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Publications

A feasible and acceptable multicultural psychosocial intervention targeting symptom management in the context of advanced breast cancer.

PMID 31703146
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Coping Skills Training and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Symptom Management: Feasibility and Acceptability of a Brief Telephone-Delivered Protocol for Patients With Advanced Cancer.

PMID 31539599
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A behavioral cancer pain intervention: A randomized noninferiority trial comparing in-person with videoconference delivery.

PMID 31162756
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Pain coping skills training for African Americans with osteoarthritis: results of a randomized controlled trial.

PMID 30913165
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Development and pilot testing of an mHealth behavioral cancer pain protocol for medically underserved communities

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Development and pilot testing of an mHealth behavioral cancer pain protocol for medically underserved communities.

PMID 30585762
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QUALITATIVE FEEDBACK ON A PSYCHOSOCIAL PAIN MANAGEMENT INTERVENTION FOR PATIENTS WITH ADVANCED CANCER

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Reminders of cancer risk and pain catastrophizing: relationships with cancer worry and perceived risk in women with a first-degree relative with breast cancer.

PMID 29679190
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Managing Chronic Pain in Cancer Survivors Prescribed Long-Term Opioid Therapy: A National Survey of Ambulatory Palliative Care Providers.

PMID 30342243
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Testing a behavioral intervention to improve adherence to adjuvant endocrine therapy (AET).

PMID 30472215
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A smoking cessation and pain management program for cancer survivors.

PMID 30328056
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Pain coping skills training for African Americans with osteoarthritis study: baseline participant characteristics and comparison to prior studies.

PMID 30227841
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A System for Assessment of Canine-Human Interaction during Animal-Assisted Therapies.

PMID 30441316
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DEVELOPMENT AND PILOT TESTING OF AN MHEALTH BEHAVIORAL CANCER PAIN PROTOCOL FOR MEDICALLY UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES

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EXTENDING THE REACH OF PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTIONS FOR CHRONIC PAIN: INNOVATIVE METHODS FOR INCREASING UTILIZATION

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The effect of pre-transplant pain and chronic disease self-efficacy on quality of life domains in the year following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

PMID 29124418
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An mHealth Pain Coping Skills Training Intervention for Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Patients: Development and Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial.

PMID 29555620
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Effects of a Telephone- and Web-based Coping Skills Training Program Compared with an Education Program for Survivors of Critical Illness and Their Family Members. A Randomized Clinical Trial.

PMID 28872898
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Perceptions of Statin Discontinuation among Patients with Life-Limiting Illness.

PMID 28520522
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Optimizing delivery of a behavioral pain intervention in cancer patients using a sequential multiple assignment randomized trial SMART.

PMID 28408335
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Cognitive problems following hematopoietic stem cell transplant: relationships with sleep, depression and fatigue.

PMID 27941775
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Using Patient Reported Outcomes in Oncology Clinical Practice.

PMID 27818717
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Exploratory secondary analyses of a cognitive-behavioral intervention for knee osteoarthritis demonstrate reduction in biomarkers of adipocyte inflammation.

PMID 27090577
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Pain coping skills training for African Americans with osteoarthritis (STAART): study protocol of a randomized controlled trial.

PMID 27553385
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A Small Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial Comparing Mobile and Traditional Pain Coping Skills Training Protocols for Cancer Patients with Pain.

PMID 27891252
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A Pilot Study of a Mobile Health Pain Coping Skills Training Protocol for Patients With Persistent Cancer Pain.

PMID 26025279
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Dealing with cancer pain: Coping, pain catastrophizing, and related outcomes

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Automated Internet-based pain coping skills training to manage osteoarthritis pain: a randomized controlled trial.

PMID 25734997
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TWO PHASES OF PILOTING A MHEALTH BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION FOR CANCER PAIN

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A HYBRID IN-PERSON AND MHEALTH PAIN COPING SKILLS INTERVENTION FOR STEM CELL TRANSPLANT PATIENTS

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Retaining critical therapeutic elements of behavioral interventions translated for delivery via the Internet: recommendations and an example using pain coping skills training.

PMID 25532216
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The relationship between pain and eating among overweight and obese individuals with osteoarthritis: an ecological momentary study.

PMID 24911176
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Holding back moderates the association between health symptoms and social well-being in patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

PMID 24529631
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Pain, physical functioning, and overeating in obese rheumatoid arthritis patients: do thoughts about pain and eating matter?

PMID 25036564
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Energy recovery in individuals with knee osteoarthritis.

PMID 24752039
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COGNITIVE PROBLEMS IN SCT PATIENTS THREE MONTHS POST-TRANSPLANT: ASSOCIATED PSYCHOSOCIAL FACTORS

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Psychosocial interventions for managing pain in older adults: outcomes and clinical implications.

PMID 23794650
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Reply: To PMID 22505314.

PMID 23371927
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PAIN AND EATING IN OVERWEIGHT AND OBESE INDIVIDUALS WITH OSTEOARTHRITIS: AN ECOLOGICAL MOMENTARY STUDY

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CANCER PAIN: AN ELECTRONIC SYSTEM TO RAPIDLY IDENTIFY, ASSESS, AND INTERVENE

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Pain imaging

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The context of pain in arthritis: self-efficacy for managing pain and other symptoms.

PMID 23054977
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Self-efficacy and pain catastrophizing in systemic lupus erythematosus: relationship to pain, stiffness, fatigue, and psychological distress.

PMID 22505314
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Pain coping skills training and lifestyle behavioral weight management in patients with knee osteoarthritis: a randomized controlled study.

PMID 22503223
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Brief Fear of Movement Scale for osteoarthritis.

PMID 22290689
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ELECTRONIC PATIENT REPORTED OUTCOMES (EPRO) TO GUIDE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF BEHAVIORAL CANCER PAIN INTERVENTIONS

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Self-compassion in patients with persistent musculoskeletal pain: relationship of self-compassion to adjustment to persistent pain.

PMID 22071165
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Inflammatory biomarkers of OA, IL-6 and leptin are modifiable in overweight/obese OA patients with a protocol that combines training in pain coping skills and weight management

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Prospective study of factors predicting adherence to surveillance mammography in women treated for breast cancer.

PMID 22331949
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Pilot feasibility study of a telephone-based couples intervention for physical intimacy and sexual concerns in colorectal cancer.

PMID 22900623
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Neuroimaging of pain: A psychosocial perspective

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Pain acceptance, hope, and optimism: relationships to pain and adjustment in patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain.

PMID 21820969
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The Relationship Between Pain Coping Skills and Pain, Fatigue, Mood, and Lupus Activity

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Memory Complaints in Lupus Patients: Relationship to Lupus Activity, Symptoms, Quality of Life, Psychological Distress, and Coping

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SELF-COMPASSION IN PATIENTS WHO ARE OBESE AND HAVE PERSISTENT MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN: RELATIONSHIP OF SELF-COMPASSION TO PAIN- AND WEIGHT-RELATED FACTORS

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Effects of coping skills training and sertraline in patients with non-cardiac chest pain: a randomized controlled study.

PMID 21324590
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Understanding chronic pain in older adults: abdominal fat is where it is at.

PMID 20952130
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Pain and functioning of rheumatoid arthritis patients based on marital status: is a distressed marriage preferable to no marriage?

PMID 20418185
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PERCEIVED RISK OF BREAST CANCER, BELIEFS ABOUT MAMMOGRAPHY, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS IN BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS AND HEALTHY WOMEN AT THE TIME OF MAMMOGRAPHY

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Hope in the context of lung cancer: relationships of hope to symptoms and psychological distress.

PMID 20579840
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Coping with sexual concerns after cancer: the use of flexible coping.

PMID 20165890
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Disease severity and domain-specific arthritis self-efficacy: relationships to pain and functioning in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

PMID 20535796
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Catastrophizing and pain coping: moving forward.

PMID 20211526
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Psychologic Interventions for Cancer Pain

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PAIN IN SOCIAL CONTEXT: PAIN AND FUNCTIONING OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS PATIENTS BASED ON MARITAL STATUS AND MARITAL ADJUSTMENT

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Psychological approaches to understanding and treating arthritis pain.

PMID 20357790
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Understanding and enhancing patient and partner adjustment to disease-related pain: A biopsychosocial perspective

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Pain catastrophizing in patients with noncardiac chest pain: relationships with pain, anxiety, and disability.

PMID 19737857
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Psychosocial factors and the pain experience of osteoarthritis patients: new findings and new directions.

PMID 19617836
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Cancer genetics service interest in women with a limited family history of breast cancer.

PMID 19440660
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Pain catastrophizing and pain-related fear in osteoarthritis patients: relationships to pain and disability.

PMID 19041218
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Psychological interventions for cancer pain

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Coping with genetic testing for breast cancer susceptibility.

PMID 19124622
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Domain specific self-efficacy mediates the impact of pain catastrophizing on pain and disability in overweight and obese osteoarthritis patients.

PMID 18602871
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Pain catastrophizing in borderline morbidly obese and morbidly obese individuals with osteoarthritic knee pain.

PMID 18958312
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Psychological distress and quality of life associated with genetic testing for breast cancer risk.

PMID 17992698
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Psychologic interventions and lifestyle modifications for arthritis pain management.

PMID 18638681
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Pain in its environmental context: implications for designing environments to enhance pain control.

PMID 18178010
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Avoidance behavior in panic disorder: the moderating influence of perceived control.

PMID 16300725
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Posttraumatic stress associated with cancer history and BRCA1/2 genetic testing.

PMID 16204436
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