Professor, Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences
Member, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of California
Los Angeles, California
Anti -estrogen therapies have been very successful in preventing recurrence of breast cancers that depend on estrogen for growth, but many women discontinue anti-estrogen therapy due to side effects and quality of life issues. The goal of Dr. Stanton’s BCRF-supported work is to develop and test an intervention to improve adherence to anti-estrogen therapies in a small randomized, controlled trial. The trial is designed to identify factors that either promote or hinder adherence to the therapy and to test a video-based intervention in breast cancer survivors. Dr. Stanton’s team is also working to understand how depression may contribute to nonadherence and is currently testing an intervention for woman with metastatic breast cancer called Project Connect Online, in which women with metastatic breast cancer create personal websites to chronicle their experience and communicate with their social networks. These studies will lead to better strategies to help women stick with their endocrine therapy, which ultimately can save lives and improve quality of life for women living with advanced disease.
Annette L. Stanton, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry/Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, senior research scientist at the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, and a member of the Center for Cancer Prevention and Control Research in the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her research centers on specifying factors that promote psychological and physical health in individuals who confront health-related adversity, including cancer, infertility, and other medical conditions. She is particularly interested in the conditions under which specific coping processes promote or hinder health and well-being. In the area of psychosocial oncology, Dr. Stanton conducts longitudinal research to understand the influences of personality and contextual resources, cognitive appraisals, and coping processes on the quality of life and health in individuals diagnosed with or at risk for a range of cancers, including cancer of the breast, eye, lung, and prostate. She then works to translate her findings into effective interventions for individuals living with cancer through conducting randomized, controlled trials of psychosocial interventions. In 2003, Dr. Stanton received the Senior Investigator Award from Division 38 (Health Psychology) of the American Psychological Association, and in 2012-13 she served as President of Division 38. In 2013, she received the Society of Behavioral Medicine Cancer Special Interest Group Award for Outstanding Achievement in Behavioral Medicine and Psycho-Oncologic Research. She has received awards for undergraduate teaching and graduate mentoring. In 2006, Professor Stanton was honored with the J. Arthur Woodward Graduate Mentoring Award and the Distinguished Teaching Award in the UCLA Department of Psychology.