David E Victorson

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I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Illinois (071.007103), Associate Professor of Medical Social Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine, and Director of Integrative Oncology at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center's Survivorship Institute. I direct the Consciousness in Health Research Lab (www.consciousnessinhealth.org) and my research focuses on: 1) Advancing the evidence base of contemplative awareness practices (mindfulness, yoga), resilience and emotion regulation in cancer patient populations and other chronic illness, as well as medical students and healthcare providers; 2) Developing novel digital health solutions to increase self-management, engagement, and social connection; and 3) Improving measurement precision and utility of self-reported outcomes using qualitative and item response theory (IRT) approaches. New areas of study include exploring the role of natural environments on indicators of health and well-being. Woven throughout is a focus on health disparities reduction, community engaged research, and assessment of biological and physiological outcomes (e.g., cortisol, C-reactive protein, Interleukin-6, heart rate variability) using minimally invasive approaches and wearable technologies. I am also the founder and director of a cancer support nonprofit organization for teens and young adults called TRUE NORTH TREKS (www.truenorthtreks.org). Other professional roles and affiliations include: 1) Member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center (RHLCCC) at Northwestern University; 2) Research Co-Chair of the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Working Group at RHLCCC; 3) Chair of the Research Working Group in the Academic Consortium of Integrative Medicine and Health; and 4) Research Faculty at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine. Previous positions include Director and Associate Director of Research at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Miami

… → 2003


  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Health Disparities
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Medical Informatics
  • Oncology
  • Outcome Measures
  • Patient-Reported Outcomes
  • Psychological Issues of Patients Dealing with Medical Illness
  • Psychometrics
  • Quality of Life
  • Urology

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Grants 2009 2022

Young Adult

Research Output 2005 2019

An Exploration of Barriers Facing Physicians in Diagnosing and Treating Obesity

Hite, A., Victorson, D. E., Elue, R. & Plunkett, B. A., Feb 1 2019, In : American Journal of Health Promotion. 33, 2, p. 217-224 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Body Mass Index
Primary Care Physicians
Prostatic Neoplasms
Information Systems
Prostatic Neoplasms
Comparative Effectiveness Research
Patient Reported Outcome Measures
Open Access
Quality Improvement
Myocardial Infarction
Patient Education

Recruiting and Retaining People With Disabilities for Qualitative Health Research: Challenges and Solutions

Banas, J. R., Magasi, S., The, K. & Victorson, D. E., Jun 1 2019, In : Qualitative Health Research. 29, 7, p. 1056-1064 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Qualitative Research
Disabled Persons
Community-Based Participatory Research