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Fox Chase Cancer Center Behavioral Medicine Researcher Promoted To Senior Member

PHILADELPHIA (March 4, 2004) -- Health psychologist Sharon Manne, PhD, has been promoted to senior member with tenure in the division of population science at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Dr. Manne is widely-recognized for her work studying patients with cancer and their close family members.

Manne has developed and evaluated psychological intervention techniques that may help researchers and physicians better counsel people who either have cancer or who are at an increased risk of developing cancer. She conducts large-scale clinical trials evaluating couple-focused psychological interventions for women with early stage breast cancer and their spouses, as well as individual therapies for women with ovarian cancer and metastatic breast cancer patients. She also develops and evaluates behavioral methods of increasing acceptance of colorectal and skin cancer screening practices among family members of individuals with these forms of cancer.

"Dr. Manne is considered by her peers to be an innovator and leader in psycho-oncology," said Paul Engstrom, MD, senior vice president for population science. "She is one of the foremost health psychologists in the United States."

Manne joined the division of population science as a member in 1997 and received tenure in 1998. She has worked closely with various departments in the hospital, including the breast cancer and gynecological oncology services, as well as the melanoma and gastrointestinal tumor risk-assessment programs. Her work in developing new cancer-related behavioral interventions has earned grant support from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.

Besides publishing over 74 scientific papers, Manne holds positions on the editorial boards of the Journal of Behavioral Medicine and Psychology and Health. She also is a consulting editor for many of the leading journals in her discipline, including the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and Psychosomatic Medicine.

Manne is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Behavioral Medicine. She also lectures extensively on behavioral interventions for cancer patients and at-risk populations.

Manne graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree from the University of Illinois and earned the highest distinction in psychology. She received a master of arts degree at Arizona State University in 1983 and earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1987, also from Arizona State University.

Manne completed her fellowship work at Cornell University Medical School and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and was an assistant professor at Memorial Sloan-Kettering for seven years. She is a licensed psychologist in New York State and Pennsylvania.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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