Charles S. Kamen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Rochester. He has a strong background and training in behavioral medicine, health disparities, and interventions for diverse couples and dyads. He leads the Health Disparities research effort in the University of Rochester NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) Research Base.
Dr. Kamen's research has focused on factors that lead to health disparities among sexual and gender minority populations, specifically disparities in cancer-related health outcomes and psychological distress.
2003-2004 Data Manager, New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia Presbyterian Hospital
2005-2006 Research Therapist, American Heart Association Study/Emory University
2006 Project Coordinator, University of Georgia, Department of Psychology
2007-2008 Associate Clinic Director, University of Georgia, Department of Psychology
2008-2009 General Intern, Palo Alto Veteran's Affairs Health Care System
2009-2011 Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
2011-2012 Instructor, Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
2012-present Research Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, JPWCC, Behavioral Medicine Unit, URMC
Dr. Kamen is a clinical psychologist with a strong background and training in behavioral medicine, health disparities and couples-based interventions. His research to date has focused on factors that lead to health disparities among sexual minority populations, specifically disparities in HIV risk and cancer diagnoses, as well as developing and testing dyadic interventions to address these disparities. He has been involved in a grant-funded randomized clinical trial of a group-based HIV prevention intervention targeting men and women living with HIV and reporting histories of trauma, as well as in development of a behavioral intervention targeting spouses and veterans reporting symptoms of trauma post-deployment. He is currently involved in conducting behavioral cancer control interventions with a dyadic focus, including an exercise intervention targeting sexual minority cancer patients and their caregivers. He is also trained in psychotherapeutic interventions for couples and families.
Asare M, Heckler CE, Culakova E, Kamen CS, Kleckner AS, Minasian LM, Wendler DS, Feige M, Weil CJ, Long J, Cole SK, Onitilo AA, Peppone LJ, Morrow GR, Janelsins MC. "Racial/Ethnic Differences in Comprehension of Biospecimen Collection: a Nationwide University of Rochester Cancer Center NCI Community Oncology Research Program Study." Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education.. 2019 Jan 5; Epub 2019 Jan 05.
Peoples AR, Garland SN, Pigeon WR, Perlis ML, Wolf JR, Heffner KL, Mustian KM, Heckler CE, Peppone LJ, Kamen CS, Morrow GR, Roscoe JA. "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia Reduces Depression in Cancer Survivors." Journal of clinical sleep medicine : JCSM : official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.. 2019 Jan 3; Epub 2019 Jan 03.
Kamen C, Garland SN, Heckler CE, Peoples AR, Kleckner IR, Cole CL, Perlis ML, Morrow GR, Mustian KM, Roscoe JA. "Social Support, Insomnia, and Adherence to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia After Cancer Treatment." Behavioral sleep medicine.. 2019 17(1):70-80. Epub 2017 Jan 27.
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