Giselle Perez, PhD

Giselle Perez, PhD

Staff Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine Service, Massachusetts General Hospital

Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School 

Educational and professional experience

2004                 BS, Brown University
2004-2006        Research Coordinator, PI; Steven A. Safren, PhD, BMED, MGH/HMS, Boston, MA
2006                 Teaching Assistant, Instructor: Dean Cruess, PhD, “Health Psychology,” UConn, Storrs, CT
2006                 Teaching Assistant, Instructor: David Miller, PhD, “Intro to Psychology,” UConn, Storrs, CT
2007-2011        Therapist, Supervisor: Marianne Barton, PhD, Psychological Services Clinic, UConn, Storrs, CT
2009-2011        Therapist, Supervisor: Jayesh Kamath, MD, PhD, Carol and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer
                   Center, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT
2009-2010        Therapist, Supervisor: David Henry, PhD, UConn Mental Health Services, Storrs,CT
2010-2012        Clinical Supervisor, Supervisor: Marianne Barton, PhD, Psychological Services Clinic, UConn, Storrs, CT
2012                 Instructor of Record, “Health Psychology,” University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

2012-2013        Pre-doctoral Fellow, BMED, Mentor: Elyse Park, PhD, MPH, MGH/HMS, Boston, MA
2013                 PhD, University of Connecticut
2013-2016        Postdoctoral Fellow, BMED, Mentor: Elyse Park, PhD, MPH, MGH/HMS, Boston, MA
2015 -              Research Faculty Associate, Supervisor: Jeffrey Peppercorn, MD, MPH, Cancer Survivorship
                      Program, MGH, Boston, MA
2015-2017        Behavioral Scientist, Supervisor: Bruce Chabner, MD, MGH-Lazarex Cancer Care Equities
                      Program, MGH, Boston, MA
2016-2017        Protocol writing small group facilitator, MGH R25 Workshop on Methods in Supportive Oncology
                        Research, PI: William Pirl, MD, PhD, Jennifer Temel, MD, MGH, Boston, MA
2016-               Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, HMS, Boston, MA
2016-               Clinical Health Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry, MGH, Boston, MA
2016-               Senior Scientist, Health Policy Research Center, MGH, Boston, MA
2018-               Chair, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivorship Research
2019-               Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, HMS, Boston, MA

Current teaching and research interests

Dr. Giselle K. Perez is an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School and a Clinical Health psychologist in the Behavioral Medicine Service and the Center for Psychiatric Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also a Senior Scientist in the Health Policy Research Center at the Mongan Institute and the Chair of the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivorship Task Force. Dr. Perez is strongly committed to identifying innovative solutions to improve cancer prevention, health care equity and cancer outcomes among vulnerable and underserved groups, in particular adolescents and young adults with cancer. Her research focuses on the development of behavioral and mind-body interventions to promote stress management and overall physical and emotional health outcomes for patients throughout the cancer spectrum. She has received a number of awards and funding from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, and the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Clinically, Dr. Perez specializes in working with adolescent and young adults touched by cancer with a focus on managing the unexpected social and emotional challenges that occur after cancer treatment, improving stress and anxiety symptoms, coping with uncertainty, and promoting health behavior change. In particular, her work examines the physical, psychosocial, and biobehavioral (e.g., stress hormones) effects of stress and stress interventions among adolescents and young adult cancer survivors.