Catherine Benedict, PhD

Assistant Investigator, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine,
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Phone: (516) 321-8009
Email: cbenedict@northwell.edu

About the Investigator

Dr. Catherine Benedict is a NY state licensed clinical psychologist and behavioral medicine researcher with a primary focus in psycho-oncology. She specializes in developing empirically-based interventions that support patient decision making and promote adaptive behavior change and positive health outcomes. She has extensive experience working in both inpatient and outpatient hospital and community-based settings as part of multidisciplinary treatment teams. In her current position as an Assistant Professor at Northwell Health, her work focuses on adolescent and young adult cancer survivorship.

Education

University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
Degree: PhD
2013
Field of Study: Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology

Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
2013
Field of Study: Pre-doctoral Health Psychology Internship

University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
2010
Degree: MS
Field of Study: Psychology

Tufts University, Medford, MA
2005
Degree: BS
Field of Study: Psychology

Honors and Awards

2017 Advancing Women in Science and Medicine Educational Advancement Award
2015 Short-listed for the Outstanding Student/Trainee Award, Cancer Special Interest Group, Society of Behavioral Medicine
2011 Meritorious Student Abstract Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine
2011 Short-listed for the Outstanding Student/Trainee Award, Evidence-Based Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group, Society of Behavioral Medicine
2010 Outstanding Student/Trainee Abstract Award, Cancer Special Interest Group, Society of Behavioral Medicine
2007 Dean’s Top-Up Award, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Miami

Publications
  1. Benedict, C., Thom, B., Raghunathan, N. J., Friedman, D., & Kelvin, J. (In press). Fertility information needs and concerns contribute to lowered quality of life among young adult female cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer.
  2. Raghunathan, N., Benedict, C., Thom, B., Mulvany, C., Friedman, D., & Kelvin, J. F. (In press). Young adult female cancer survivors’ concerns about future child’s health. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology.
  3. Benedict, C., DuHamel, K., Temple, L., Jandorf, L., & Nelson, C. J. (2017). Reduction in social activities mediates the relationship between diarrhea and distress in rectal/anal cancer survivors. Psycho-Oncology. PMID: 28665010
  4. Benedict, C., Victorson, D., Love, B., Fuehrer, D., Lazard, A., Saffer, A., Linscott, T., & Zachary, M. (2017). The audacity of engagement: Hearing directly from young adults with cancer on their attitudes and perceptions of cancer survivorship and cancer survivorship research. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology. PMID: 29022839
  5. Benedict, C., Thom, B., Teplinsky, E., & Kelvin, J. (2017). Family-building after breast cancer: Considering the effects on adherence to adjuvant endocrine therapy. Clinical Breast Cancer, 17(3):165-170. PMID: 28087390
  6. Benedict, C., Thom, B., Friedman, D., Diotallevi, D., Pottenger, E., Raghunathan, N. & Kelvin, J. (2017). Reply to “Twistin’ the night away”: Fertility preservation in young adult female cancer survivors. Cancer, 123(4):708-709. PMID: 27727450
  7. Benedict, C., Thom, B., Friedman, D., Diotallevi, D., Pottenger, E., Raghunathan, N. & Kelvin, J. (2016). Young adult female cancer survivors’ unmet information needs and reproductive concerns contribute to decisional conflict about post-treatment fertility preservation. Cancer, 122(13):2102-9.
  8. Benedict, C., Thom, B., & Kelvin, J. F. (2016). Fertility preservation and cancer: challenges for adolescent and young adult patients. Current Opinion in Supportive & Palliative Care, 10(1):87-94.
  9. Kelvin, J. F., Thom, B., Benedict, C., Carter, J., Corcoran, S., Dickler, M. N., Goodman, K. A., Morgolies, A., Matasar, M. J., Noy, A., & Goldfarb, S. B. (2016). Cancer and fertility program improves patient satisfaction with fertility discussions. Journal of Clinical Oncology,  34(15):1780-1786. [Epub ahead of print].
  10. Perl, G., Nordheimer, S., Lando, S., Benedict, C., Brenner, B., Perry S., Shmoisman, G., Purim, O., Amit, L., Stemmer, S. M., & Ben-Aharon, I. (2016). Young patients and gastrointestinal (GI) tract malignancies – are we addressing the umet needs? BMC Cancer, 16:630.
  11. Benedict, C., Shuk, E., & Ford, J. (2016). Fertility issues in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, 5(1):48-57.
  12. Benedict, C. & Kelvin, J. F. (2016). Fertility preservation and cancer: challenges for adolescent and young adult patients. Current Opinion in Supportive & Palliative Care, 10(1):87-94.
  13. Benedict, C., Shuk, E., & Ford, J. (2015). Fertility issues in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, 5(1):48-57.
  14. Benedict, C., Thom, B., & Kelvin, J. (2015). Young adult female cancer survivors’ decision regret about fertility preservation. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, 4(4): 213-218.
  15. Benedict, C., Rodríguez, V. M., Jandorf, L., Nelson, C., & DuHamel, K. (2015). Investigation of body image as a mediator of the effects of bowel and GI symptoms on psychological distress. Supportive Care in Cancer, 4(24):1795-802.
  16. Benedict, C., Philip, E. J., Baser, R. E., Schuler, T. A., Jandorf, L., Nelson, C., & DuHamel, K. (2015). Body image and sexual function in women after treatment for anal and rectal cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 25(3):316-23.
  17. Benedict, C., Traegar, L., Dahn, J.R., Antoni, M., Zhou, E.S., Bustillo, N., & Penedo, F.J. (2014). Positive and negative mood in men with advanced prostate cancer undergoing androgen-deprivation therapy: considering the role of social support and stress. Psycho-Oncology, 24(8):932-9.
  18. Benedict, C., Dahn, J.R., Antoni, M., Kava, B., & Penedo, F.J. (2014). Sexual bother in men with advanced prostate cancer undergoing androgen-deprivation therapy. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 11(10):2571-80.
  19. Traegar, L., Penedo, F.J., Benedict, C., Dahn, J., Lechner, S., Schneiderman, N., & Antoni, M. H. (2013). Identifying how and for whom cognitive behavioral stress management improves emotional well-being among recent prostate cancer survivors. Psycho-Oncology, 22(2):250-9.
  20. Penedo, F. J., Benedict, C., Zhou, E. S., Rasheed, M., Traeger, L., Kava, B. R., Soloway, M., Czaja, S., & Antoni, M. H. (2013). Association of stress management skills and perceived stress with physical and emotional well-being among advanced prostate cancer survivors following androgen deprivation treatment. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 20(1):25-32.
  21. Creuss, D., Benedict, C., Lattie, E. G., Molton, I., Kinsinger, D., Kava, B., Manoharan, M., Soloway, M., & Penedo, F. J. (2012). Millon Behavioral Medicine Diagnostic (MBMD) predicts health-related quality of life (HrQoL) over time among men treated for localized prostate cancer. Journal of Personality Assessment, 95(1):54-61.
  22. Penedo, F. J., Traeger, L., Benedict, C., Thomas, G., Dahn, J., Hernandez, M., & Goodwin, W. J. (2012). Perceived social support as a predictor of disease-specific quality of life in head and neck cancer patients. Journal of Supportive Oncology, 10(3), 119-123.
  23. Myers, N., Brincks, A. M., Ames, A. J., Prado, G. J., Penedo, F. J., & Benedict, C. (2012). Multilevel modeling in psychosomatic medicine research. Invited “Statistical Corner” manuscript for publication in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, 74(9):925-36.

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