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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

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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, Health Humanities & Bioethics, and Oncology
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, and Adolescent Medicine


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
8) Bioethics

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 this research is to optimize the role of music during radiation therapy in reducing anxiety 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.



MD | University of Rochester School of Medicine/Dentistry

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1975 - 06/30/1977
Fellowship in Pediatrics, Developmental - Behavioral Pediatrics at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/1971 - 06/30/1973
Residency in Pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center


Pioneer in Integrative Medicine Award
Sponsor: American Academy of Medicine, Section on Integrative Medicine

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

2017 - 2022
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

Bouchard EG, Prince MA, McCarty C, Vincent PC, Patel H, LaValley SA, Collins RL, Sahler OJZ, Krenz T, Kelly KM. "Understanding social network support, composition, and structure among cancer caregivers." Psycho-oncology.. 2023 Jan 1; Epub 2023 Jan 01.

Voll M, Fairclough DL, Morrato EH, McNeal DM, Embry L, Pelletier W, Noll RB, Sahler OJZ. "Dissemination of an evidence-based behavioral intervention to alleviate distress in caregivers of children recently diagnosed with cancer: Bright IDEAS." Pediatric blood & cancer.. 2022 Oct; 69(10):e29904. Epub 2022 Aug 04.

Noyes K; Zapf AL; Depner RN; Flores T, Huston A; Rashid HH; McNeal D; Constine LS; Fleming FJ; Wilding GE; Sahler OJZ. "Problem-solving skills training in adult cancer survivors: Bright IDEAS-AC pilot study" . Cancer Treatment and Research Communications. 2022; 31: 1-7.

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

Chapter Title: Integrative Care in Pediatric Oncology
Book Title: Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology: Textbook for Multidisciplinary Care
Author List: Sahler OJZ, McClafferty H, Rosen MA
Edited By: Abrams AN, Muriel AC, Wiener L
Published By: Springer 2016

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