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Carissa Low, PhD May 24, 2012, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UPMC Shadyside, Hillman Cancer Center, Research Pavilion 2nd Floor Conference Room

Approach-oriented Coping with Cancer-related Stress:
Moderators, Mechanisms, and Implications for Health

Sponsored by the Biobehavioral Medicine in Oncology Program
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

Carissa Low, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh

There is significant individual variability in psychosocial adjustment to cancer, and the coping strategies an individual employs to manage cancer-related stress may be an important predictor of adjustment as well as a potential target for intervention.  Approach-oriented coping, or managing stress by actively confronting and grappling with the threat, has traditionally been associated with better health outcomes than coping strategies aimed at avoidance, but there may be contexts in which or people for whom approach-oriented coping is not beneficial. This talk will describe a program of research exploring factors that moderate the effects of approach-oriented coping as well as physiological mechanisms that may underlie beneficial forms of coping. Implications for clinical interventions will be discussed.

The Hillman Cancer Center Research Pavilion 2nd floor Conference Room is located on the second floor of the Hillman Cancer Center, 5117 Centre Ave, Shadyside. After entering the building, please let the guard (past the information desk on the right) know that you are attending the seminar so he can admit you to the Research Pavilion. Take the stairs or elevator to the 2nd floor; the conference room is to the left upon exiting the elevators and directly forward upon reaching the stairway landing.  Parking is available in the garage at the UPMC Cancer Pavilion across the street from the Hillman Cancer Center (~$6 cash/credit for 1-2 hours). There are also parking meters along Centre Avenue, Cypress Street, and Baum Boulevard in the blocks surrounding the Cancer Center. The 71A & 71C both travel from Oakland and stop at Cypress Street just beyond the Cancer Center entrance.

Please contact Susan Sharp ( if you plan to attend, need directions, or need more information.