Sofia F Garcia

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Research Interests

Sofia Garcia, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medical Social Sciences, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at Northwestern University, and a licensed clinical psychologist. She is Director of Clinical Research for the Cancer Survivorship Institute of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center (RHLCCC). Dr. Garcia has fourteen years of research experience in patient-reported outcome measure development and applications in oncology. Her research has focused on developing and implementing patient reported outcome measures and evaluating patient-centered care initiatives, including those that incorporate health information technology and are tailored to vulnerable populations. She has served as principal investigator of nine, and scientific project director of five, cancer control and survivorship studies. Dr. Garcia has been scientific project director, mentored investigator and site principal investigator on three Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) supplement awards. She has also served as a co-investigator on numerous federally-funded studies, including those addressing health literacy and health disparities. Dr. Garcia’s ongoing research includes evaluations of electronic health record-integrated cancer survivorship care plans and patient-reported distress screening, psychosocial oncology supportive care and palliative care services, and a smart-phone application to promote health self-management in cancer survivors. She is currently principal investigator of an AHRQ-funded R18 study, and administrative core leader of an NCI-funded UM1 project, both evaluating system-wide implementation of patient-reported symptom screening in cancer care. In her clinical role, she provides psychological treatment and evaluation through the Supportive Oncology Program of the RHLCCC.

Training Experience

2004Internship, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Hines
2005Fellowship, Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Evanston Northwestern Healthcare)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Loyola University Chicago

… → 2004

Research interests

  • Cancer Survivorship
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Literacy
  • Patient Communications
  • Patient-Reported Outcomes
  • Psychological Issues of Patients Dealing with Medical Illness
  • Quality of Life

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  • Research Output

    Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of a Bright Light Intervention in Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer Survivors

    Fox, R. S., Baik, S. H., McGinty, H., Garcia, S. F., Reid, K. J., Bovbjerg, K., Fajardo, P., Wu, L. M., Shahabi, S., Ong, J. C., Zee, P. C. & Penedo, F. J., Jan 1 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Cancer drug toxicity: Moving from patient to survivor

    Slocum, M., Garcia, S. F. & McKoy, J. M., Jan 1 2019, Cancer Treatment and Research. Springer International Publishing, p. 107-118 12 p. (Cancer Treatment and Research; vol. 171).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Distress management, version 3.2019

    Riba, M. B., Donovan, K. A., Andersen, B., Braun, II., Breitbart, W. S., Brewer, B. W., Buchmann, L. O., Clark, M. M., Collins, M., Corbett, C., Fleishman, S., Garcia, S., Greenberg, D. B., Handzo, R. G. F., Hoofring, L., Huang, C. H., Lally, R., Martin, S., McGuffey, L., Mitchell, W. & 11 others, Morrison, L. J., Pailler, M., Palesh, O., Parnes, F., Pazar, J. P., Ralston, L., Salman, J., Shannon-Dudley, M. M., Valentine, A. D., McMillian, N. R. & Darlow, S. D., Jan 1 2019, In : JNCCN Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. 17, 10, p. 1229-1249 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • 7 Scopus citations

    Implementing electronic health record–integrated screening of patient-reported symptoms and supportive care needs in a comprehensive cancer center

    Garcia, S. F., Wortman, K., Cella, D., Wagner, L. I., Bass, M., Kircher, S., Pearman, T. & Penedo, F. J., Nov 15 2019, In : Cancer. 125, 22, p. 4059-4068 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle