Cancer Center Member
John Mark Salsman, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Medical Social Sciences; Feinberg School of Medicine
Cancer Control & Survivorship
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Cancer Focused Research:
John Salsman, PhD was recently awarded a career development award (1K07CA158008-01A1) from the National Cancer Institute. The purpose of this research,,entitled Assessment, Development, and Application of Positive Psychology Theory and Science for Cancer (ADAPPTS-C), is to develop innovative measures of positive psychological functioning using modern measure development strategies and to explore their utility in cancer care research through longitudinal applications of patient reported outcomes across the continuum of care and through pilot testing of a positive affect intervention among newly diagnosed cancer patients.
In addition, Dr. Salsman continues work on his grant from the ACS, Illinois Division to further understand the psychosocial impact of cancer among young adult cancer survivors. His mixed methods study provides important quantitative and qualitative data to improve measurement and guide future intervention efforts among young adult cancer survivors during a time of increased stress and vulnerability in their lives, the reentry phase of the cancer continuum. Dr. Salsman has presented two papers from this research at national conferences in 2011.