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Lurie Cancer Center Member

John Mark Salsman

John Mark Salsman, PhD

Academic Title:
Research Associate Professor, Medical Social Sciences; Feinberg School of Medicine

Member of:
Cancer Control & Survivorship


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Cancer-Focused Research:

Dr. Salsman’s research program investigates psychosocial adaptation to the cancer experience across the continuum of care. By using a wellness model of health, he explores constructs that are often linked to resilience and enhanced quality of life among cancer patients and survivors (e.g., optimism, subjective well-being, meaning and spirituality, posttraumatic growth). His developing expertise is shown in his impressive record of institutionally-, regionally-, and federally-funded research as well as peer-reviewed publications and presentations. He has been funded as a Principal Investigator by an American Cancer Society-Institutional Research Grant (ACS -IRG 93-037-18), an American Cancer Society-Illinois Division Grant (PSB-08-15), and a National Cancer Institute career development award (5K07CA158008-01A1). These projects focus respectively on fertility preservation decision-making among newly diagnosed young adults with cancer, health behaviors and psychological adaptation among young adult cancer survivors during re-entry, and leveraging the measurement science of the NIH PROMIS for optimal assessment of positive health processes and outcomes throughout the cancer care continuum.