Research in Biobehavioral Oncology

"There is more to psychological research than I had originally thought. By being able to make connections, taught me a lot about how the body works and how environmental factors can affect health problems considerably."


Supervising Faculty:

Drs. Dana Howard Bovbjerg, Carissa Low, Donny Posluszny, and Robert Ferguson



Jessica Manculich


Area of Research:  Health psychology/biobehavioral medicine


Description of Research:

The overall goal of the Biobehavioral Oncology Program ( is to promote innovative interdisciplinary research focused on the role of mind and brain in cancer with the long-term objective of contributing to reduced risk of cancer development, earlier detection of cancer, improved treatment response, reduced symptom burden, and enhanced survival.


Duties of Students:

  • Preparation of study materials
  • Data management, collection, coding, and entry
  • Conducting database bibliographic searches
  • Meetings with research team members
  • Other responsibilities consistent with background and training

Additional Requirements:

  • Two semester commitment is required
  • 1 or 2 credits per term
  • Must possess excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must be extremely organized and self-motivated
  • Highly responsible and dependable individual
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Comfort with computers and tablet applications
  • Flexible hours
  • Able to work in Oakland or Shadyside as needed


Terms offered: fall, spring and summer


Number of Students: 4-8