Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Neil Schneiderman, Ph.D.

Neil Schneiderman, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Description of Research

Dr. Schneiderman’s research focuses on improving the quality of life (QoL) in men who have undergone radical prostatectomy or beam radiation treatment for localized prostate cancer. As project leader of a study entitled “Cognitive-Behavioral Stress Management and Prostate Cancer” (under the direction of Dr. Michael Antoni, the PI) Dr. Schneiderman’s laboratory is conducting studies comparing a ten-week cognitive-behavioral stress management (CBSM) program versus a one-day CBSM seminar. They are examining quality of life indicators, urinary and sexual functioning, and immune system status (e.g., natural killer cell cytotoxicity or NKCC) across a 12-month follow-up period. Dr. Schneiderman is the Director of the Health Psychology Division of the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami and Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) project examining biobehavioral mechanisms in cardiovascular disease.

Highlights

  • Discovered that maintaining an optimistic outlook is associated with NKCC by way of greater emotional expression in men with prostate cancer
  • Found that perceived stress management skills mediate improvements in mood and quality of life during the CBSM intervention for men with prostate cancer

Selected Cancer-Related Publications

  • Schneiderman N, Kim Y, Shaffer KM. Spouses of patients with cancer have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease: what do we know about this link? Circulation 125:1721-2,2012 Read more »
  • Traeger L, Penedo FJ, Benedict C, Dahn JR, Lechner SC, Schneiderman N, Antoni MH. Identifying how and for whom cognitive-behavioral stress management improves emotional well-being among recent prostate cancer survivors. Psychooncology :,2011 Read more »
  • Zhou ES, Penedo FJ, Bustillo NE, Benedict C, Rasheed M, Lechner S, Soloway M, Kava BR, Schneiderman N, Antoni MH. Longitudinal effects of social support and adaptive coping on the emotional well-being of survivors of localized prostate cancer. J Support Oncol 8:196-201,2010 Read more »

Programs

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