Rina Sobel Fox

  • 229 Citations
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Research Interests

Dr. Fox's research is broadly focused on delineating how psychosocial processes impact adjustment to and coping with chronic illness, with an emphasis on symptom management and health related quality of life (HRQOL) in cancer and scleroderma. She is particularly interested in the role of sleep disturbance and fatigue in HRQOL, and the development of interventions to improve these outcomes. Dr. Fox is also interested in better understanding the chronobiological mechanisms underlying symptom burden, as well as addressing health disparities experienced by underrepresented groups with chronic illnesses.

Dr. Fox is a clinical health psychologist and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of medicine. She received a VA in Psychology and Spanish from Tufts University, an MPH in Epidemiology from the San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the San Diego State University / University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. She also completed an APA-accredited clinical internship at Rush University Medical Center, and a postdoctoral fellowship in cancer control and survivorship at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

… → 2016

MPH, San Diego State University

… → 2016


  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Cancer Survivorship
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Psychology
  • Patient-Reported Outcomes
  • Quality of Life
  • Scleroderma
  • Sleep and Sleep Disorders

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Research Output 2013 2019

  • 229 Citations
  • 30 Article
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Chapter
1 Citation (Scopus)

Integrating PROMIS® computerized adaptive tests into a web-based intervention for prostate cancer

Fox, R. S., Moreno, P. I., Yanez, B., Estabrook, R., Thomas, J., Bouchard, L. C., McGinty, H. L., Mohr, D. C., Begale, M. J., Flury, S. C., Perry, K. T., Kundu, S. D. & Penedo, F. J., May 1 2019, In : Health Psychology. 38, 5, p. 403-409 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Prostatic Neoplasms
Health Promotion

Psychosocial and Neighborhood Correlates of Health- Related Quality of Life: A Multi-Level Study Among Hispanic Adults

Mills, S. D., Fox, R. S., Bohan, S., Roesch, S. C., Sadler, G. R. & Malcarne, V. L., Jan 1 2019, In : Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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2 Citations (Scopus)

Reliability and validity of the Perceived Stress Scale-10 in Hispanic Americans with English or Spanish language preference

Baik, S. H., Fox, R. S., Mills, S. D., Roesch, S. C., Sadler, G. R., Klonoff, E. A. & Malcarne, V. L., Apr 1 2019, In : Journal of Health Psychology. 24, 5, p. 628-639 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hispanic Americans
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Unmet supportive care needs in Hispanic/Latino cancer survivors: prevalence and associations with patient-provider communication, satisfaction with cancer care, and symptom burden

Moreno, P. I., Ramirez, A. G., San Miguel-Majors, S. L., Castillo, L., Fox, R. S., Gallion, K. J., Munoz, E., Estabrook, C. R., Perez, A., Lad, T., Hollowell, C. M. P. & Penedo, F. J., Apr 1 2019, In : Supportive Care in Cancer. 27, 4, p. 1383-1394 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hispanic Americans
Colorectal Neoplasms

Factor structure and convergent validity of the Derriford Appearance Scale-24 using standard scoring versus treating not applicable' responses as missing data: A Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN) cohort study

Merz, E. L., Kwakkenbos, L., Carrier, M. E., Gholizadeh, S., Mills, S. D., Fox, R. S., Jewett, L. R., Williamson, H., Harcourt, D., Assassi, S., Furst, D. E., Gottesman, K., Mayes, M. D., Moss, T. P., Thombs, B. D. & Malcarne, V. L., Mar 1 2018, In : BMJ open. 8, 3, e018641.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Systemic Scleroderma
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Research Design
Interpersonal Relations
Autoimmune Diseases