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Olle Jane Sahler, M.D.

(Pronouns: she/her/hers )

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-2981

Administrative: (585) 275-3882

Office: (585) 275-3935

Fax: (585) 273-1039

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

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assignmentNot Accepting New Patients

Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Setting



Chronically and Terminally Ill Children and Adolescents
Integrative Medicine
Treatment of Eating Disorders
Pain and Symptom Management

Professional Background

Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Medical Humanities, and Oncology
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Adolescent Medicine and Supportive Care


Dr. Sahler's research interests are:
1) Chronic Illness
2) Palliative Care
3) Long Term Childhood Cancer Survivors
4) Bereavement
5) Integrative Medicine
6) Biofeedback
7) Chronic Pain

Current research projects include:

1. "Problem-Solving Skills Training for Clinicians Providing Psychosocial Care in Pediatric Oncology'. Research aims to identify specific coping strategies that would facilitate the adjustment of caregivers learning their child had been diagnosed with cancer.

2. "Bright Ideas-Young Adults: Problem-Solving Skills Training to Reduce Distress Among Young Adults with Cancer". The goal of this project is to evaluate the efficacy of Bright Ideas-YA, a novel problem-solving skills training intervention designed to enhance patient problem-solving ability, reduce distress, and improve health-related quality of life.

3. "The Influence of Social Network Size, Composition and Function on Psychological Outcomes of Pediatric Cancer Caregiving: Relationships Across Time and Around Periods of Distress". The goal of this research is to examine how social network experiences influence parental psychological outcomes over time and surrounding especially stressful treatment procedures.

4. "Music Therapy for Women Undergoing Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer". The overall aim of our research is to optimize the role of music during radiation therapy using the expertise of a music therapist to create a specific, customized music treatment plan that will help to relax the patient during 3 critical events: the simulation, the dry run, and the first treatment session. The overall goal for the patient is decreased anxiety and higher satisfaction. The goal for the provider is a more relaxed patient who can tolerate and maintain the absolute body stillness required to deliver the most precise radiation beam quickly and effectively.



MD | Univ. of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1975 - 06/30/1977
Fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/1972 - 06/30/1973
Residency in Pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center

07/01/1971 - 06/30/1972
Internship in Pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center

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Ruth A. Lawrence Award in Community Service
Sponsor: Department of Pediatrics
Location: University of Rochester

2017 - Present
George Washington Goler Professor in Pediatrics
Sponsor: Department of Pediatrics

Community Partner Service-Learning Champion Award
Sponsor: Nazareth Creative Arts Therapy Program
Location: Nazareth College, Rochester, NY

Advocate of Music Therapy Award
Sponsor: American Music Therapy Association
Location: 9th Annual Conference, Louisville, Kentucky

Nominee, AAMC Humanism in Medicine Award
Sponsor: AAMC

Music Therapy Advocacy Award, Mid-Atlantic Region
Sponsor: American Music Therapy Association

Distinguished Service Award
Sponsor: Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education

Helen L. DeRoy Distinguished Visiting Professorship
Location: Children's Hospital of Michigan

Byron B. Oberst Award, Section on Computers/Other Technologies
Sponsor: American Academy of Pediatrics

Distinguished Service Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester
Location: Mt. Hope Family Center

Faculty Service Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester
Location: Department of Pediatrics

Army Commendation Medal
Sponsor: U.S. Army Medical Corps

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Journal Articles

Dolgin MJ; Devine KA; Tzur-Bitan D; Askins MA; Fairclough DL; Katz ER; Noll RB; Phipps S; Sahler OJZ. "Responsivity to Problem-Solving Skills Training in Mothers of Children with Cancer" . Oxford University Press; Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2021; 46(4): 413-421.

Phipps S; Fairclough DL; Noll RB; Devine KA; Dolgin MJ; Schepers SA; Askins MA; Schneider N; lngman K; Voll M; Katz ER; Sahler OJZ. "In-Person vs. Online Administration of a Problem-Solving Skills Intervention for Parents of Children with Cancer: Report of a Randomized Noninferiority Trial" . EClinical Medicine (Published by The Lancet). 2020; 24(100428).

Devine KA; Viola A; Levonyan-Radloff K; Mackowski N; Bozzini B; Chandler A; Xu B; Ohman-Strickland P; Mayans S; Farrar-Anton A; Sahler OJZ. "Feasibility of FitSurvivor: A technology-enhanced group-based fitness intervention for adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancer" . Pediatric Blood & Cancer. 2020; 67: e28530.

Books & Chapters

Book Title: The Behavioral Sciences and Health Care (4th Ed.)
Author List: Sahler OJZ, Carr JB, Frank JB, Nunes JV
Edited By: Sahler OJZ, Carr JB, Frank JB, Nunes JV
Published By: Hogrefe 2018 in Göttingen, Germany

Chapter Title: Complementary and Integrative Health
Book Title: Encyclopedia of Adolescence
Author List: Yussman SM, Sahler OJZ, Liljequist K
Edited By: Levesque JR
Published By: Springer International Publishing 2016

Chapter Title: Complementary and Integrative Health
Book Title: Textbook of Adolescent Health Care
Author List: Yussman S, Sahler OJZ, Liljequist K
Edited By: Fisher M, Alderman E, Kreipe R
Published By: Elk Grove Village, IL 2016 in American Academy of Pediatrics