UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

Carissa Low, PhD

Carissa Low
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Division of Hematology/Oncology) and Psychology


Contact Information

Contact Information

Hillman Cancer Center
William Cooper Pavilion, Suite 140
5115 Centre Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Email: lowca@upmc.edu

Research Keywords

Research Keywords

Mobile health; sickness behavior; depression; physical activity and sedentary behavior

Research Summary

Research Summary

Dr. Low's research focuses on interactions between behavior, biology, and patient-centered outcomes in the context of cancer. She is particularly interested in the use of technology to assess and target health behaviors, psychological stress, and symptoms during cancer treatment.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

  • Low CA, Bovbjerg DH, Ahrendt S, Alhelo S, Choudry H, Holtzman M, Jones HL, Pingpank JF, Ramalingam L, Zeh HJ, Zureikat AH, Bartlett DL. Depressive symptoms in patients scheduled for hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy with cytoreductive surgery: Prospective associations with morbidity and mortality. J Clin Oncol. 2016 Apr 10;34(11):1217-22. PubMed Link
  • Low CA, Kalinski P, Bovbjerg DH. Neurocognitive impairment as one facet of cancer-related sickness behavior symptoms. JNCI. 2015 Jun 22;107(8). PubMed Link
  • Thurston RC, Ewing LJ, Low CA, Christie AJ, Levine MD. Behavioral weight loss for the management of menopausal hot flashes: a pilot study. Menopause. 2015 Jan;22(1):59-65. PubMed Link
  • Low CA and Stanton AL. Activity disruption and depressive symptoms in women living with metastatic breast cancer. Health Psychol. 2015 Jan;34(1):89-92. PubMed Link
  • Low CA, Beckjord E, Bovbjerg DH, Dew MA, Posluszny DM, Schmidt JE, Lowery AE, Nutt SA, Arvey SR, Rechis R. Correlates of positive health behaviors in cancer survivors: Results from the 2010 LIVESTRONG Survey. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2014;32(6):678-95. PubMed Link
  • Low CA, Bovbjerg DH, Jenkins FJ, Ahrendt SA, Choudry HA, Holtzman MP, Jones HL, Pingpank JF, Ramalingam L, Zeh HJ, Zureikat AH, Bartlett DL. Preoperative inflammatory biomarkers and neurovegetative symptoms in peritoneal carcinomatosis patients. Brain Behav Immun. 2014 Nov;42:65-8. PubMed Link
  • Low CA and Bovbjerg DH. Depressive symptoms in patients with cancer: does cortisol keep cytokines from singing the blues? Psychosom Med. 2014 May;76(4):248-51. PubMed Link
  • Carroll JE, Low CA, Prather AA, Cohen S, Fury JM, Ross DC, Marsland AL. Negative affective responses to a speech task predict changes in interleukin (IL)-6.Brain Behav Immun. 2011 Feb;25(2):232-8. PubMed Link
  • Low CA, Stanton AL, Bower JE, Gyllenhammer L. A randomized controlled trial of emotionally expressive writing for women with metastatic breast cancer. Health Psychol. 2010 Jul;29(4):460-6. PubMed Link
  • Low CA, Stanton AL, Thompson N, Kwan L, Ganz P. A. Contextual life stress and coping strategies as predictors of adjustment to breast cancer survivorship. Ann Behav Med. 2006 Dec;32(3):235-44. PubMed Link

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Collaborations

Collaborations

Current Internal Collaborators

David Bartlett, MD
Dr. Bernard Fisher Professor of Surgery; Professor of Clinical and Translational Science
Member - Cancer Immunology Program (CIP)

Current External Collaborators

Anind Dey, PhD
Charles M. Geschke Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Carnegie Mellon University

Robert Kraut, PhD
Herbert A. Simon Professor of Human-Computer Interaction
Carnegie Mellon University

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