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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry Grand Rounds Speaker


        John M. Salsman, PhD


Dr. Salsman is a Research Assistant Professor in Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a licensed clinical health psychologist. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Kentucky and completed his pre-doctoral internship in medical/health psychology at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Salsman completed a two-year, combined clinical and research post-doctoral fellowship in psychosocial oncology at NorthShore University HealthSystem's Kellogg Cancer Care Center and the Center on Outcomes, Research, and Education. Currently, he is a Principal Investigator on an ACS-Illinois Division grant titled “No Worries? Adaptation and Health Behaviors among Young Adult Survivors.” This project explores the positive effects and special needs of young adult cancer survivors during the transition from active treatment to survivorship. He is also a Co-Investigator on an NIH-funded contract titled “The Toolbox of the Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function." The goal of the Toolbox is to assemble a brief battery of measures for the assessment of cognitive, emotional, sensory, and motor health and function across the lifespan (ages 3-85) for use in longitudinal studies and clinical trials. Dr. Salsman  is the emotional health domain manager for Toolbox, liaising with senior project personnel and facilitating the instrument and item selection process for the emotional health subdomains of negative affect, positive affect, stress & self-efficacy, and social relationships. Dr. Salsman also serves as a Co-Investigator on an NIH-funded project developing a Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS), providing input on existing item banks for cancer patients and reviewing negative and positive “Illness Impact” items. Other areas of research interest include positive-psychological functioning, religious and spiritual well-being, and patient-physician communication.

       At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:

1.  Describe posttraumatic growth and identify dimensions of positive psychosocial change.
2.  Describe the role of cognitive and emotional processing as facilitators of posttraumatic growth among cancer survivors.
3.  Identify the relationships between posttraumatic growth and adaptive physical and psychosocial health behaviors among
     cancer survivors.


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