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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.
A feasible and acceptable multicultural psychosocial intervention targeting symptom management in the context of advanced breast cancer.
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.
A behavioral cancer pain intervention: A randomized noninferiority trial comparing in-person with videoconference delivery.
Pain coping skills training for African Americans with osteoarthritis: results of a randomized controlled trial.
Development and pilot testing of an mHealth behavioral cancer pain protocol for medically underserved communitiesRead Full Text
Development and pilot testing of an mHealth behavioral cancer pain protocol for medically underserved communities.
QUALITATIVE FEEDBACK ON A PSYCHOSOCIAL PAIN MANAGEMENT INTERVENTION FOR PATIENTS WITH ADVANCED CANCERRead Full Text
Reminders of cancer risk and pain catastrophizing: relationships with cancer worry and perceived risk in women with a first-degree relative with breast cancer.
Managing Chronic Pain in Cancer Survivors Prescribed Long-Term Opioid Therapy: A National Survey of Ambulatory Palliative Care Providers.
Testing a behavioral intervention to improve adherence to adjuvant endocrine therapy (AET).
A smoking cessation and pain management program for cancer survivors.
Pain coping skills training for African Americans with osteoarthritis study: baseline participant characteristics and comparison to prior studies.
A System for Assessment of Canine-Human Interaction during Animal-Assisted Therapies.
DEVELOPMENT AND PILOT TESTING OF AN MHEALTH BEHAVIORAL CANCER PAIN PROTOCOL FOR MEDICALLY UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIESRead Full Text
EXTENDING THE REACH OF PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTIONS FOR CHRONIC PAIN: INNOVATIVE METHODS FOR INCREASING UTILIZATIONRead Full Text
The effect of pre-transplant pain and chronic disease self-efficacy on quality of life domains in the year following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
An mHealth Pain Coping Skills Training Intervention for Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Patients: Development and Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial.
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.
Perceptions of Statin Discontinuation among Patients with Life-Limiting Illness.
Optimizing delivery of a behavioral pain intervention in cancer patients using a sequential multiple assignment randomized trial SMART.
Cognitive problems following hematopoietic stem cell transplant: relationships with sleep, depression and fatigue.
Using Patient Reported Outcomes in Oncology Clinical Practice.
Exploratory secondary analyses of a cognitive-behavioral intervention for knee osteoarthritis demonstrate reduction in biomarkers of adipocyte inflammation.
Pain coping skills training for African Americans with osteoarthritis (STAART): study protocol of a randomized controlled trial.
A Small Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial Comparing Mobile and Traditional Pain Coping Skills Training Protocols for Cancer Patients with Pain.
A Pilot Study of a Mobile Health Pain Coping Skills Training Protocol for Patients With Persistent Cancer Pain.
Dealing with cancer pain: Coping, pain catastrophizing, and related outcomesRead Full Text
Automated Internet-based pain coping skills training to manage osteoarthritis pain: a randomized controlled trial.
TWO PHASES OF PILOTING A MHEALTH BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION FOR CANCER PAINRead Full Text
A HYBRID IN-PERSON AND MHEALTH PAIN COPING SKILLS INTERVENTION FOR STEM CELL TRANSPLANT PATIENTSRead Full Text
Retaining critical therapeutic elements of behavioral interventions translated for delivery via the Internet: recommendations and an example using pain coping skills training.
The relationship between pain and eating among overweight and obese individuals with osteoarthritis: an ecological momentary study.
Holding back moderates the association between health symptoms and social well-being in patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
Pain, physical functioning, and overeating in obese rheumatoid arthritis patients: do thoughts about pain and eating matter?
Energy recovery in individuals with knee osteoarthritis.
COGNITIVE PROBLEMS IN SCT PATIENTS THREE MONTHS POST-TRANSPLANT: ASSOCIATED PSYCHOSOCIAL FACTORSRead Full Text
Psychosocial interventions for managing pain in older adults: outcomes and clinical implications.
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PAIN AND EATING IN OVERWEIGHT AND OBESE INDIVIDUALS WITH OSTEOARTHRITIS: AN ECOLOGICAL MOMENTARY STUDYRead Full Text
CANCER PAIN: AN ELECTRONIC SYSTEM TO RAPIDLY IDENTIFY, ASSESS, AND INTERVENERead Full Text
Pain imagingRead Full Text
The context of pain in arthritis: self-efficacy for managing pain and other symptoms.
Self-efficacy and pain catastrophizing in systemic lupus erythematosus: relationship to pain, stiffness, fatigue, and psychological distress.
Pain coping skills training and lifestyle behavioral weight management in patients with knee osteoarthritis: a randomized controlled study.
Brief Fear of Movement Scale for osteoarthritis.
ELECTRONIC PATIENT REPORTED OUTCOMES (EPRO) TO GUIDE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF BEHAVIORAL CANCER PAIN INTERVENTIONSRead Full Text
Self-compassion in patients with persistent musculoskeletal pain: relationship of self-compassion to adjustment to persistent pain.
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 managementRead Full Text
Prospective study of factors predicting adherence to surveillance mammography in women treated for breast cancer.
Pilot feasibility study of a telephone-based couples intervention for physical intimacy and sexual concerns in colorectal cancer.
Neuroimaging of pain: A psychosocial perspectiveRead Full Text
Pain acceptance, hope, and optimism: relationships to pain and adjustment in patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain.
The Relationship Between Pain Coping Skills and Pain, Fatigue, Mood, and Lupus ActivityRead Full Text
Memory Complaints in Lupus Patients: Relationship to Lupus Activity, Symptoms, Quality of Life, Psychological Distress, and CopingRead Full Text
SELF-COMPASSION IN PATIENTS WHO ARE OBESE AND HAVE PERSISTENT MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN: RELATIONSHIP OF SELF-COMPASSION TO PAIN- AND WEIGHT-RELATED FACTORSRead Full Text
Effects of coping skills training and sertraline in patients with non-cardiac chest pain: a randomized controlled study.
Understanding chronic pain in older adults: abdominal fat is where it is at.
Pain and functioning of rheumatoid arthritis patients based on marital status: is a distressed marriage preferable to no marriage?
PERCEIVED RISK OF BREAST CANCER, BELIEFS ABOUT MAMMOGRAPHY, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS IN BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS AND HEALTHY WOMEN AT THE TIME OF MAMMOGRAPHYRead Full Text
Hope in the context of lung cancer: relationships of hope to symptoms and psychological distress.
Coping with sexual concerns after cancer: the use of flexible coping.
Disease severity and domain-specific arthritis self-efficacy: relationships to pain and functioning in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Catastrophizing and pain coping: moving forward.
Psychologic Interventions for Cancer PainRead Full Text
PAIN IN SOCIAL CONTEXT: PAIN AND FUNCTIONING OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS PATIENTS BASED ON MARITAL STATUS AND MARITAL ADJUSTMENTRead Full Text
Psychological approaches to understanding and treating arthritis pain.
Understanding and enhancing patient and partner adjustment to disease-related pain: A biopsychosocial perspectiveRead Full Text
Pain catastrophizing in patients with noncardiac chest pain: relationships with pain, anxiety, and disability.
Psychosocial factors and the pain experience of osteoarthritis patients: new findings and new directions.
Cancer genetics service interest in women with a limited family history of breast cancer.
Pain catastrophizing and pain-related fear in osteoarthritis patients: relationships to pain and disability.
Psychological interventions for cancer painRead Full Text
Coping with genetic testing for breast cancer susceptibility.
Domain specific self-efficacy mediates the impact of pain catastrophizing on pain and disability in overweight and obese osteoarthritis patients.
Pain catastrophizing in borderline morbidly obese and morbidly obese individuals with osteoarthritic knee pain.
Psychological distress and quality of life associated with genetic testing for breast cancer risk.
Psychologic interventions and lifestyle modifications for arthritis pain management.
Pain in its environmental context: implications for designing environments to enhance pain control.
Avoidance behavior in panic disorder: the moderating influence of perceived control.
Posttraumatic stress associated with cancer history and BRCA1/2 genetic testing.