Co-Investigator: Sharon Xiangwen Xie, PhD


Dr. Xie is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She has developed methods for measurement error problems, survival analysis, and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis in response to methodological problems arising in her collaborative work in the research of neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. She has also proposed innovative methods to reduce bias in diagnostic evaluation measures for biomarkers with measurement error.

Co-Investigator: Frances K. Barg, PhD, MEd


Dr. Barg is a medical anthropologist and an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. She is a collaborator for mixed methods and qualitative research with interdisciplinary research teams across six schools at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently the co-director for the Mixed Methods Research Lab and works with a number of investigators to incorporate qualitative and mixed methods research to better understand adherence and patient treatment choices for a number of conditions. 

Co-Investigator: Philip Gehrman, PhD, CBSM


Dr. Gehrman is a clinical psychologist and an assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry. He is also a member of the Penn Sleep Center and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.  Dr. Gehrman’s research focuses on uncovering the mechanisms of insomnia as well as expanding treatment options.  He co-leads a post doctoral fellowship for psychologists that combines both adult and pediatric behavioral sleep medicine clinical training.  He also leads a weekly BSM webinar that involves case discussion and education in sleep medicine topics.  

Co-Investigator: Sheila N. Garland, PhD


Dr. Garland is a clinical psychologist and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. She was previously a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania. She conducts integrative behavioral medicine research and has been involved in the development, delivery and evaluation of exploratory and evidence-based interventions with an increasing emphasis on mind-body interventions to improve sleep in people with  cancer. 

Primary Investigator: Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE


Dr. Jun Mao is a licensed family physician and the Chair of the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Mao’s research centers on investigating the effects, mechanisms and integration of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for symptom management among cancer patients and survivors. His work has been funded by National Cancer Institute, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, American Cancer Society, and Pennsylvania Department of Aging. 

Meet the Research Team