Donna Posluszny, PhD



Donna Posluszny, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology and the Associate Director of Training, Biobehavioral Medicine in Oncology Program.  She is also a clinical psychologist who is board-certified in Clinical Health Psychology and who has conducted psychosocial and behavioral research in various cancer populations. She is particularly interested in how the patient and caregiver work together to adhere to patient care plans.  Most recently she completed an NIH funded prospective, longitudinal study examining how hematologic malignancy patients and family caregivers adhere to the medical regimen for allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) post hospital discharge.  Presently, Dr. Posluszny is examining psychosocial and behavioral strategies to help HCT patients and family caregivers manage each component of the post-HCT regimen together, and thus improve psychological and health outcomes. She is also developing a pilot study investigating the family caregiver’s role at the hospital, while the patient is admitted for a long period of time (e.g., one month).