Cancer Center Member
Lynne I Wagner, PhD
Associate Professor, Medical Social Sciences; Feinberg School of Medicine
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Cancer Focused Research:
Dr. Wagner is a clinical health psychologist and an Associate Professor in MSS. Within the Cancer Center, she is the previous director of the Supportive Oncology program and is currently the Director of Survivorship Research. Her research interests are in the areas of psychosocial oncology, symptom management, developing patient-reported outcomes measures, and measuring patient-reported outcomes in cancer clinical trials. As Chair of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) Patient Outcomes and Survivorship Committee, Dr. Wagner is the lead investigator or co-investigator on cancer clinical trials. She contributes expertise for assessing health-related quality of life throughout treatment and survivorship for breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, lymphoma, and other malignancies. Dr. Wagner is co-chair of the ECOG Breast Committee Survivorship Working Group. She is a member of the NCI Symptom Management and Quality of Life Steering Committee and NCI Lymphoma Steering Committee. She has conducted research to examine the trajectory of cognitive function throughout treatment for cancer and developed a patient-reported outcomes measure to assess perceived cognitive function, which has been administered to ECOG trial participants. This research provided the foundation for the PROMIS Applied Cognition item bank and Dr. Wagner chaired the PROMIS Perceived Cognitive Function expert panel. Dr. Wagner has developed and validated patient-reported outcomes measures to assess disease-specific quality of life (eg. myeloma) and toxicities from cancer treatment (eg. dermatologic side effects, neutropenia). Her interests in psychosocial oncology include depression screening in radiation oncology clinics and web-based interventions for distress, including anxiety about cancer recurrence. Dr. Wagner has conducted research on cancer-related fatigue and is an expert panel member on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Cancer-Related Fatigue Panel and the Distress Management Panel. She currently represents the American Psychosocial Oncology Society on the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Scientific Planning Committee.