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.