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Laura Oswald, PhD

Academic Rank: Assistant Member


Dr. Oswald’s research focuses on developing and evaluating interventions to promote optimal psychosocial functioning among diverse cancer populations.


    • Health Outcomes and Behavior
    • Health Outcomes & Behavior Program

Education & Training


  • University of Miami, PhD - Clinical Psychology
  • Saint Joseph's University, MS - Experimental Psychology
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, - T32 Behavioral and Psychosocial Research Training in Cancer Prevention and Control

Dr. Oswald’s research focuses on developing and evaluating interventions to promote optimal psychosocial functioning among diverse cancer populations, assessing mechanisms through which interventions affect psychological and biological outcomes, and expanding the reach of evidence-based resources for enhancing coping and promoting quality of life throughout cancer survivorship via eHealth and mHealth platforms. 


  • Penedo FJ, Oswald LB, Kronenfeld JP, Garcia SF, Cella D, Yanez B. The increasing value of eHealth in the delivery of patient-centred cancer care. Lancet Oncol. 2020 May.21(5):e240-e251. Pubmedid: 32359500.
  • Baik SH, Oswald LB, Buitrago D, Buscemi J, Iacobelli F, Perez-Tamayo A, Guitelman J, Diaz A, Penedo FJ, Yanez B. Cancer-Relevant Self-Efficacy Is Related to Better Health-Related Quality of Life and Lower Cancer-Specific Distress and Symptom Burden Among Latina Breast Cancer Survivors. Int J Behav Med. 2020 May.27(4):357-365. Pubmedid: 32394220.
  • Peipert JD, Badawy SM, Baik SH, Oswald LB, Efficace F, Garcia SF, Mroczek DK, Wolf M, Kaiser K, Yanez B, Cella D. Development of the NIH Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Medication Adherence Scale (PMAS). Patient Prefer Adherence. 2020 Jun.14:971-983. Pubmedid: 32606615. Pmcid: PMC7293395.
  • Yanez B, Oswald LB, Baik SH, Buitrago D, Iacobelli F, Perez-Tamayo A, Guitelman J, Penedo FJ, Buscemi J. Brief culturally informed smartphone interventions decrease breast cancer symptom burden among Latina breast cancer survivors. Psychooncology. 2020 Jan.29(1):195-203. Pubmedid: 31693265. Pmcid: PMC7008945.
  • Hooker SA, Oswald LB, Reid KJ, Baron KG. Do Physical Activity, Caloric Intake, and Sleep Vary Together Day to Day? Exploration of Intraindividual Variability in 3 Key Health Behaviors. J Phys Act Health. 2020 Jan.17(1):45-51. Pubmedid: 31756722. Pmcid: PMC7211555.
  • Penedo FJ, Fox RS, Oswald LB, Moreno PI, Boland CL, Estabrook R, McGinty HL, Mohr DC, Begale MJ, Dahn JR, Flury SC, Perry KT, Kundu SD, Yanez B. Technology-Based Psychosocial Intervention to Improve Quality of Life and Reduce Symptom Burden in Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial. Int J Behav Med. 2020 Jan.27(5):490-505. Pubmedid: 31898309.
  • Buscemi J, Oswald LB, Baik SH, Buitrago D, Iacobelli F, Phillips SM, Perez-Tamayo A, Guitelman J, Penedo FJ, Yanez B. My health smartphone intervention decreases daily fat sources among Latina breast cancer survivors. J Behav Med. 2020 Jan.43(5):732-742. Pubmedid: 31970652. Pmcid: PMC7374026.
  • Oswald LB, Kasimer R, Rappazzo K, Fought AJ, Penson DF, Morgans AK. Patient expectations of benefit from systemic treatments for metastatic prostate cancer. Cancer Med. 2020 Feb.9(3):980-987. Pubmedid: 31840434. Pmcid: PMC6997053.
  • Efficace F, Cottone F, Oswald LB, Cella D, Patriarca A, Niscola P, Breccia M, Platzbecker U, Palumbo GA, Caocci G, Stauder R, Ricco A, Petranovic D, Caers J, Luppi M, Fianchi L, Frairia C, Capodanno I, Follini E, Sarlo C, Fazi P, Vignetti M. The IPSS-R more accurately captures fatigue severity of newly diagnosed patients with myelodysplastic syndromes compared with the IPSS index. Leukemia. 2020 Feb.34(9):2451-2459. Pubmedid: 32086447.
  • Fox RS, Moreno PI, Yanez B, Estabrook R, Thomas J, Bouchard LC, McGinty HL, Mohr DC, Begale MJ, Flury SC, Perry KT, Kundu SD, Penedo FJ. Integrating PROMIS® computerized adaptive tests into a web-based intervention for prostate cancer. Health Psychol. 2019 May.38(5):403-409. Pubmedid: 31045423. Pmcid: PMC6546285.
  • Bouchard LC, Fisher HM, Carver CS, Kim Y, Antoni MH. Social comparisons predict health-related quality of life and depressive symptoms across the first year of breast cancer treatment. Psychooncology. 2019 Feb.28(2):386-393. Pubmedid: 30501015. Pmcid: PMC6545917.
  • Yanez B, Baik SH, Oswald LB, Buitrago D, Buscemi J, Iacobelli F, Perez-Tamayo A, Fajardo P, Serrano G, Guitelman J, Penedo FJ. An Electronic Health Intervention for Latina Women Undergoing Breast Cancer Treatment (My Guide for Breast Cancer Treatment): Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2019 Dec.8(12):e14339. Pubmedid: 31833834. Pmcid: PMC6935046.
  • Oswald LB, Guitelman J, Buitrago D, Buscemi J, Iacobelli F, Perez-Tamayo A, Penedo F, Yanez B. Community Perspectives: Developing and Implementing a Smartphone Intervention for Latina Breast Cancer Survivors in Chicago. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2019 Aug.13(5):131-136. Pubmedid: 31378743. Pmcid: PMC6894161.
  • Yanez B, Bouchard LC, Cella D, Sosman JA, Kircher SM, Mohindra NA, Cristofanilli M, Penedo FJ. Patient-centered engagement and symptom/toxicity monitoring in the new era of tumor next-generation sequencing and immunotherapy: The OncoTool and OncoPRO platforms. Cancer. 2019 Apr. Pubmedid: 31034599.
  • Bouchard LC, Yanez B, Dahn JR, Flury SC, Perry KT, Mohr DC, Penedo FJ. Brief report of a tablet-delivered psychosocial intervention for men with advanced prostate cancer: Acceptability and efficacy by race. Transl Behav Med. 2018 Oct. Pubmedid: 30285186.
  • Wang AW, Bouchard LC, Gudenkauf LM, Jutagir DR, Fisher HM, Jacobs JM, Blomberg BB, Lechner SC, Carver CS, Antoni MH. Differential psychological effects of cognitive-behavioral stress management among breast cancer patients with high and low initial cancer-specific distress. J Psychosom Res. 2018 Oct.113:52-57. Pubmedid: 30190048. Pmcid: PMC6130907.
  • Bouchard LC, Aaronson N, Gondek K, Cella D. Cancer symptom response as an oncology clinical trial end point. Expert Rev Qual Life Cancer Care. 2018 May.3(2-3):35-46. Pubmedid: 31020045. Pmcid: PMC6476191.
  • Lillis TA, Gerhart J, Bouchard LC, Cvengros J, O'Mahony S, Kopkash K, Kabaker KB, Burns J. Sleep Disturbance Mediates the Association of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Pain in Patients With Cancer. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2018 May.35(5):788-793. Pubmedid: 29084448. Pmcid: PMC6200422.
  • Buscemi J, Buitrago D, Iacobelli F, Penedo F, Maciel C, Guitleman J, Balakrishnan A, Corden M, Adler RF, Bouchard LC, Perez-Tamayo A, Yanez BR. Feasibility of a Smartphone-based pilot intervention for Hispanic breast cancer survivors: a brief report. Transl Behav Med. 2018 Jul. Pubmedid: 29986120.
  • Antoni MH, Jacobs JM, Bouchard LC, Lechner SC, Jutagir DR, Gudenkauf LM, Blomberg BB, Glück S, Carver CS. Post-surgical depressive symptoms and long-term survival in non-metastatic breast cancer patients at 11-year follow-up. Gen Hosp Psychiat. 2017 Jan.44:16-21. Pubmedid: 28041571. Pmcid: PMC5215933.
  • Jutagir DR, Blomberg BB, Carver CS, Lechner SC, Timpano KR, Bouchard LC, Gudenkauf LM, Jacobs JM, Diaz A, Lutgendorf SK, Cole SW, Heller AS, Antoni MH. Social well-being is associated with less pro-inflammatory and pro-metastatic leukocyte gene expression in women after surgery for breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2017 Aug.165(1):169-180. Pubmedid: 28560656. Pmcid: PMC5528864.
  • Jutagir DR, Gudenkauf LM, Stagl JM, Carver CS, Bouchard LC, Lechner SC, Glück S, Blomberg BB, Antoni MH. Ethnic differences in types of social support from multiple sources after breast cancer surgery. Ethn Health. 2016 Oct.21(5):411-425. Pubmedid: 26218189. Pmcid: PMC4731323.
  • Bouchard LC, Antoni MH, Blomberg BB, Stagl JM, Gudenkauf LM, Jutagir DR, Diaz A, Lechner S, Glück S, Derhagopian RP, Carver CS. Postsurgical Depressive Symptoms and Proinflammatory Cytokine Elevations in Women Undergoing Primary Treatment for Breast Cancer. Psychosom Med. 2016 Jan.78(1):26-37. Pubmedid: 26569533. Pmcid: PMC4696897.
  • Antoni MH, Bouchard LC, Jacobs JM, Lechner SC, Jutagir DR, Gudenkauf LM, Carver CS, Lutgendorf S, Cole SW, Lippman M, Blomberg BB. Stress management, leukocyte transcriptional changes and breast cancer recurrence in a randomized trial: An exploratory analysis. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2016 Dec.74:269-277. Pubmedid: 27689900. Pmcid: PMC5159236.
  • Stagl JM, Lechner SC, Carver CS, Bouchard LC, Gudenkauf LM, Jutagir DR, Diaz A, Yu Q, Blomberg BB, Ironson G, Glück S, Antoni MH. A randomized controlled trial of cognitive-behavioral stress management in breast cancer: survival and recurrence at 11-year follow-up. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2015 Nov.154(2):319-328. Pubmedid: 26518021. Pmcid: PMC5752103.
  • Stagl JM, Bouchard LC, Lechner SC, Blomberg BB, Gudenkauf LM, Jutagir DR, Glück S, Derhagopian RP, Carver CS, Antoni MH. Long-term psychological benefits of cognitive-behavioral stress management for women with breast cancer: 11-year follow-up of a randomized controlled trial. Cancer. 2015 Jun.121(11):1873-1881. Pubmedid: 25809235. Pmcid: PMC4441540.
  • Hall DL, Antoni MH, Lattie EG, Jutagir DR, Czaja SJ, Perdomo D, Lechner SC, Stagl JM, Bouchard LC, Gudenkauf LM, Traeger L, Fletcher M, Klimas NG. Perceived Fatigue Interference and Depressed Mood: Comparison of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Patients with Fatigued Breast Cancer Survivors. Fatigue. 2015 Jul.3(3):142-155. Pubmedid: 26180660. Pmcid: PMC4500199.
  • Stagl JM, Antoni MH, Lechner SC, Bouchard LC, Blomberg BB, Glück S, Derhagopian RP, Carver CS. Randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavioral stress management in breast cancer: a brief report of effects on 5-year depressive symptoms. Health Psychol. 2015 Feb.34(2):176-180. Pubmedid: 25068452. Pmcid: PMC5761723.
  • Gudenkauf LM, Antoni MH, Stagl JM, Lechner SC, Jutagir DR, Bouchard LC, Blomberg BB, Glück S, Derhagopian RP, Giron GL, Avisar E, Torres-Salichs MA, Carver CS. Brief cognitive-behavioral and relaxation training interventions for breast cancer: A randomized controlled trial. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2015 Aug.83(4):677-688. Pubmedid: 25939017. Pmcid: PMC4516670.