Michael Feuerstein, Ph.D., MPH, ABPP

Michael Feuerstein, Ph.D., MPH, ABPP

michael feuerstein

Name: Michael Feuerstein, Ph.D., MPH, ABPP

Department of Primary Appointment: Medical & Clinical Psychology
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Professor

Email: michael.feuerstein@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)
Office Phone: (301) 295-9677

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NOTE: Dr. Feuerstein is not accepting new graduate students.

Professor of Medical & Clinical Psychology
Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
Director, Clinical Psychology Training Program (1993-2014)
Education: B.A. (1972) in Psychology, Boston University; M.S. (1975) in Clinical Psychology, University of Georgia; Ph.D. (1977) in Clinical Psychology, University of Georgia; American Board of Professional Psychology Certification in Clinical Health Psychology (1999); MPH, Preventive Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (2002)

In 2002, Dr. Feuerstein was diagnosed with brain cancer. Following neurosurgery to determine the type of cancer, he was given three months to live. He chose aggressive treatment and is now an 8-year survivor of cancer. As a result of this experience, he has dedicated his career to help other cancer survivors. His research and academic efforts are directed at improving the health care, health, function, and well-being of cancer survivors following primary treatment. Dr. Feuerstein works collaboratively with his graduate students to improve the lives of cancer survivors.

Research and Teaching

Research Topics: Dr. Feuerstein's research and clinical interests are in the application of behavioral medicine/health psychology to complex health problems. His research, consultation, clinical service, and program development activities create unique approaches to enhance health and well-being following cancer. Dr. Feuerstein also studies the interaction among medical, ergonomic, and psychosocial factors on work-related pain and its impact on function.

Methods and Approach: work-site studies; clinical outcomes; epidemiology and large data bases; laboratory-based human psychophysiology.

Current Grant Support: USUHS, DoD

Medical Student Teaching: lectures on Surviving Life-Threatening Diseases; Pain, Egonomics, and Prevention of Workplace Musculoskeletal Disorders.

Graduate Student Teaching: graduate courses in Health Psychology; Medical Psychology Interventions; Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Human Services Programs; lectures in Preventive Medicine and Biometrics.

Mentoring: Dr. Feuerstein has supervised several doctoral dissertations in Medical & Clinical Psychology and clinical and research postdoctoral fellows. He currently is training five Ph.D. students and one DrPH. Dr. Feuerstein also mentors junior faculty.

Editor in Chief


Selected Recent Publications

Collins, C., Gehrke, A., & Feuerstein, M. (in press). Cognitive tasks challenging brain tumor survivors at work.

Gehrke, A. K., Baisley, M. C., Sonck, A. L., Wronski, S. L., & Feuerstein, M. (2013). Neurocognitive deficits following primary brain tumor treatment: systematic review of a decade of comparative studies. Journal of Neuro-Oncology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11060-013-1215-2

Feuerstein, M. Editorial. Milestone for cancer survivorship research and practice. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 2008, 2, 125-127.

Hansen, J.A., Feuerstein, M., Calvio, L.C., and Olsen, C. Breast cancer survivors at work. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2008, 50, 777-784.

Chan, F., Strauser, D., Cardoso, E., Zheng, L. X., Chan, J. Y. C., and Feuerstein, M. State vocational services and employment in cancer survivors. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 2008, 2, 169-178.

Feuerstein, M. Quality health care for cancer survivors: A survivor's perspective. Journal of CancerSurvivorship: Research and Practice, 2009, 3, 1-3.

Calvio L , Feuerstein, M.s, and Hansen, JA, Luff, G. Cognitive limitations in occupationally active brain tumour survivors. Occupational Medicine, 2009, 59, 406-412.

Feuerstein, M. The cancer survivorship care plan: Health care in the context of cancer. Journal of Oncology Practice, 2009, 5, 113-115.

Feuerstein, M. Cancer survivors need evidence on how to optimize physical function. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 2009, 3, 73-77.

Feuerstein, M. (Ed). Work and Cancer Survivors. New York: Springer, 2009. (ISBN:978-0-387-72040-1).

Calvio, L., Peugeot, M., Bruns, G. L., Todd, B. L., and Feuerstein, M. Measures of cognitive function and work in occupationally active breast cancer survivors. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2010, 52(4), 219-227.

Harrington, C.B., Hansen, J.A, Moskowitz, M., Todd, B., and Feuerstein, M. It's not over when it's over: long-term symptoms in cancer survivors — A Systematic review. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 2010, 40(2), 163-181.

Feuerstein, M., Todd, B. L., Moskowitz, M., Bruns, G. L., Stoller, M., Nassif, T., & Yu, X. Work in cancer survivors: a model for practice and research. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 2010, 4(4), 415-437.

Feuerstein, M., Bruns, G. L., Pollman, C., & Todd, B. L. Management of Unexplained Symptoms in Survivors of Cancer. Journal of Oncology Practice, 2010, 6(6), 308-311.

Breckenridge, L.M., Bruns, G.L., Todd, B.L., & Feuerstein, M. Cognitive limitations associated with Tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors in employed breast cancer survivor. Psycho-Oncology, 2010. On line.

Professional Activities

Selected Professional Activities: Dr. Feuerstein is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and Society of Behavioral Medicine. He is Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, and Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice. He is also an active member of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, International Association for the Study of Pain, American Public Health Association, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of ASCPRO (a partnership between government and industry working to develop optimal ways to evaluate cancer patient outcomes in chemotherapy trials) and Heal Magazine (an international publication that provides information to enhance health and well-being among cancer survivors).

Selected Awards: Dr. Feuerstein has won several awards for his empirical and conceptual research contributions to clinical psychophysiology, hypnosis for pain control, and pain management. Diplomate, American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).