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Tim Sannes, PhD

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Phone: (857) 215-0559


timothys_sannes@dfci.harvard.edu

Tim Sannes, PhD

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Instructor, Psychology, Harvard Medical School
  • Instructor, Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

My research aims to connect psychological mechanisms of well-being to health outcomes. I have extensive experience in complementary and alternative medicine during my experience at the National Institutes of Health; specifically examining the respective contributions of exercise and meditative aspects of mind-body medicine and the effective dose of these approaches. My Postdoctoral Fellowship in Palliative Care and Aging studied the physiological markers of stress in caregivers, the effectiveness of supportive caregiver interventions and made important contributions to how patient and caregiver well-being overlaps. After being primarily focused on clinical care as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology at the University of Colorado, I joined the Faculty at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in 2019 to further my research career. I continue to have ongoing collaborations (in a Consultant role) with the University of Colorado. My start-up funds at Dana Farber will allow me to hone novel methods to engage those most impacted advanced cancer, such as caregivers; in addition to investigating links of psychological well-being to health outcomes in neuro-oncology through the Oppenheimer Fund. As I progress in my research career, membership to DF/HCC will allow for greater networking and collaboration within the greater Boston community and access to important resources available through this membership.

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  • Nayak MM, Chai PR, Tung S, Sannes TS, Yusufov M, Braun IM. The Role of Cannabidiol in Cancer Care: Oncologist and Cancer Patient Perspectives. 2022. PubMed
  • McAndrew NS, Strong Y, Morris KJ, Sannes TS, Pirl WF, Cole S, Mohanraj L, Knight JM. Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer patients and psycho-oncology providers: Perspectives, observations, and experiences of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society membership. 2022. PubMed
  • Sannes TS, Ranby KW, Yusufov M, Brewer BW, Jacobs JM, Callan S, Ulrich GR, Pensak NA, Natvig C, Laudenslager ML. More often than not, we're in sync: patient and caregiver well-being over time in stem cell transplantation. Health Qual Life Outcomes 2022; 20:6. PubMed
  • Knoerl R, Giobbie-Hurder A, Sannes TS, Chagpar AB, Dillon D, Dominici LS, Frank ES, Golshan M, McTiernan A, Rhei E, Tolaney SM, Winer EP, Yung RL, Irwin ML, Ligibel JA. Exploring the impact of exercise and mind-body prehabilitation interventions on physical and psychological outcomes in women undergoing breast cancer surgery. Support Care Cancer 2021. PubMed
  • Sannes TS, Nayak MM, Tung S, Chai PR, Yusufov M, Bolcic-Jankovic D, Pirl WF, Braun IM. United States oncologists' clinical preferences regarding modes of medicinal cannabis use. Cancer Commun (Lond) 2021. PubMed
  • Ravyts SG, Sannes TS, Dzierzewski JM, Zhou ES, Brewer BW, Natvig C, Laudenslager ML. Check your sleep before you start: A secondary analysis of a stress management intervention for caregivers of stem cell transplant patients. 2021. PubMed
  • Sannes TS, Pirl WF, Rossi JS, Grebstein L, Redding CA, Ferszt GG, Prochaska JO, Braun IM, Yusufov M. Identifying patient-level factors associated with interest in psychosocial services during cancer: A brief report. J Psychosoc Oncol 2020. PubMed
  • Sannes TS, Yeh IM, Gray TF. Caring for loved ones with cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic: A double hit risk for social isolation and need for action. 2020. PubMed
  • Morris SE, Sannes TS. Bereavement care for family caregivers of neuro-oncology patients. Ann Palliat Med 2020. PubMed
  • Kacel EL, Kirsch JL, Sannes TS, Patidar S, Postupack R, Jensen S, Wong S, Garey S, Dodd S, Ulfig CM, McCrae CS, Robinson ME, Castagno J, Schultz GS, Pereira DB. Interleukin-6 and body mass index, tobacco use, and sleep in gynecologic cancers. Health Psychol 2019; 38:866-877. PubMed
  • Laudenslager ML, Simoneau TL, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK, Natvig C, Brewer BW, Sannes TS, Kilbourn K, Gutman J, McSweeney P. A randomized control trial of stress management for caregivers of stem cell transplant patients: Effect on patient quality of life and caregiver distress. 2019; 28:1614-1623. PubMed
  • Sannes TS, Simoneau TL, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK, Natvig CL, Brewer BW, Kilbourn K, Laudenslager ML. Distress and quality of life in patient and caregiver dyads facing stem cell transplant: identifying overlap and unique contributions. Support Care Cancer 2019; 27:2329-2337. PubMed
  • Carr AL, Jones J, Mikulich Gilbertson S, Laudenslager ML, Kutner JS, Kilbourn K, Sannes TS, Brewer BW, Kolva E, Joshi T, Amoyal Pensak N. Impact of a Mobilized Stress Management Program (Pep-Pal) for Caregivers of Oncology Patients: Mixed-Methods Study. JMIR Cancer 2019; 5:e11406. PubMed
  • Kirsch JL, Robinson ME, McCrae CS, Kacel EL, Wong SS, Patidar S, Sannes TS, Garey S, Castagno JC, Pereira DB. Associations Among Sleep Latency, Subjective Pain, and Thermal Pain Sensitivity in Gynecologic Cancer. Pain Med 2018. PubMed
  • McGregor BA, Dolan ED, Murphy KM, Sannes TS, Highland KB, Albano DL, Ward AA, Charbonneau AM, Redman MW, Ceballos RM. Cognitive Behavioral Stress Management for Healthy Women at Risk for Breast Cancer: a Novel Application of a Proven Intervention. Ann Behav Med 2015; 49:873-84. PubMed
  • Sannes TS, Dolan E, Albano D, Ceballos RM, McGregor BA. Stress management reduces intraindividual cortisol variability, while not impacting other measures of cortisol rhythm, in a group of women at risk for breast cancer. J Psychosom Res 2015; 79:412-9. PubMed
  • Sannes TS, Jensen SE, Dodd SM, Kneipp SM, Garey Smith S, Patidar SM, Marsiske MM, Lutgendorf SM, Morgan LS, Pereira DB. Depressive symptoms and cortisol variability prior to surgery for suspected endometrial cancer. Psychoneuroendocrinology 2013; 38:241-9. PubMed
  • Mansky PJ, Wallerstedt DB, Sannes TS, Stagl J, Johnson LL, Blackman MR, Grem JL, Swain SM, Monahan BP. NCCAM/NCI Phase 1 Study of Mistletoe Extract and Gemcitabine in Patients with Advanced Solid Tumors. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2013; 2013:964592. PubMed
  • Sannes TS, Mansky PJ, Chesney MA. The need for attention to dose in mind-body interventions: lessons from t'ai chi clinical trials. J Altern Complement Med 2008; 14:645-53. PubMed
  • Sannes TS, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK, Natvig CL, Brewer BW, Simoneau TL, Laudenslager ML. Caregiver Sleep and Patient Neutrophil Engraftment in Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant: A Secondary Analysis. Cancer Nurs ; 41:77-85. PubMed
  • Sannes TS, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK, Natvig CL, Laudenslager ML. Intraindividual Cortisol Variability and Psychological Functioning in Caregivers of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Patients. Psychosom Med ; 78:242-7. PubMed
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