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Karen L. Syrjala, PhD

Dr. Syrjala is Director of Behavioral Sciences and co-director of the Survivorship Program. Her focus is on helping people recognize their strengths and take charge of their health during treatment and long-term survival.

Patient Care Philosophy:

My care is focused on helping people to recognize their strengths and take charge of their health during treatment and long-term survival. When useful, I offer specific skills to assist people in being as comfortable as possible both during and after treatment.

Dr. Syrjala's Resume


Title

  • Director, Biobehavioral Sciences; Co-Director, Survivorship Program; Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Clinical Expertise

Clinical psychology; Cancer survivorship; Symptom management; Managing distress and worry; Non-drug methods to reduce symptoms and improve long-term outcomes; Imagery and hypnosis; All cancer diagnoses.

Education And Training

  • BA: Wellesley College, BA
  • MA: Boston University, 1980
  • PhD: Boston University, 1983
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology & Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Pain, Behavioral Medicine, 1985

More Information

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Clinical Trials

Dr. Syrjala is the SCCA lead investigator for the following clinical trials: