Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of Hematology/Oncology

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photo Donna M. Posluszny, PhD

Assistant Professor

Associate Director of Training, Behavioral Medicine in Oncology Program


Phone: 412-623-5966

Office: 5200 Centre Avenue
Shadyisde Medical Bldg., Suite 604
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Phone: 412-623-5966
Fax: 412-623-5980
Administrative Assistant:
Tiffiany Dotson
Address: 5200 Centre Avenue
Shadyisde Medical Bldg., Suite 604
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Phone: 412-623-5888
Fax: 412-623-5980
Education and Training
B.A., Rutgers College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
M.S., Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, PA
Clinical Internship, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh, PA
Clinical Health Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)
Clinical Interest
I have conducted behavioral research in a variety of cancer populations including breast, gynecologic, head and neck, and hematological malignancies. I currently hold an NCI K23 Career Development Award examining adherence to the medical regimen for hematological cancer patients who are post allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) and their family caregivers.
Allogeneic HCT is a potentially curative therapy for hematologic disease, but is associated with multiple complications and significant stress to patients and family caregivers (CGs). To enhance outcomes and minimize risks, patients and CGs must work together as a team to carefully adhere to the multi-component post-HCT medical regimen, consisting of multiple daily medications, frequent clinic visits, strict catheter care, health monitoring, and dietary and lifestyle restrictions.
Despite the clinical importance of adherence to the post-HCT regimen, particularly during the critical first 100 days post HCT, little research has examined rates or risk factors for nonadherence in this population, or how HCT patients and family caregivers manage each component of the post-HCT regimen together. Further, it is important to develop strategies to help patients and family caregivers better adhere to the regimen. Problem-Solving Therapy (PST), an evidenced-based clinical intervention to enhance coping strategies, will be the basis to build a novel patient-caregiver dyadic intervention for the HCT population
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Selected Publications:
Dougall AL1, Smith AW, Somers TJ, Posluszny DM, Rubinstein WS, Baum A. Coping with genetic testing for breast cancer susceptibility. Psychosomatic Medicine. 2009; 71(1): 98-105.
Argiris A, Heron DE, Smith RP, Kim S, Gibson MK, Lai SY, Branstetter BF, Posluszny DM, Wang L, Seethala RR, Dacic S, Gooding W, Grandis JR, Johnson JT, Ferris RL. Induction docetaxel, cisplatin, and cetuximab followed by concurrent radiotherapy, cisplatin, and cetuximab and maintenance cetuximab in patients with locally advanced head and neck cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2010; 28(36): 5294-300.
Posluszny DM, Baum A, Edwards RP, Dew MA. Posttraumatic growth in women one year after diagnosis for gynecologic cancer or benign conditions. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology. 2011; 29(5): 561-72.
Posluszny DM, Edwards RP, Dew MA, Baum A. Perceived threat and PTSD symptoms in women undergoing surgery for gynecologic cancer or benign conditions. Psychooncology. 2011; 20(7): 783-7.
Dew MA, DiMatini AF, Devito Dabbs AJ, Fox KR, Myaskovsky L, Posluszny DM, Switzer GE, Zomak R, Kormos RL, Toyoda Y. Onset and risk factors for anxiety and depression during the first two years after lung transplantation. General Hospital Psychiatry. 2012; 34: 127-138.
Myaskovsky L, Doebler DA, Posluszny DM, Dew MA, Unruh M, Crowley-Makota M, Switzer M, Chang CC, DiMartini AF, Shapiro R, Tan H. Rates and correlates and health maintenance behaviors after living kidney donation. Progress in Transplantation. 2012; 22(2): 147-154.
Myaskovsky L, Doebler DA, Posluszny DM, Unruh M, Fried LF, Switzer GE, Kim S, Chang CC, Ramkumar M, Shapiro R. Perceived discrimination predicts longer time to be accepted for kidney transplant. Transplantation. 2012; 93(4): 423-429.
Myaskovsky L, Posluszny D, Schultz R, DiMartini AF, Switzer GE, DeVito Dabbs AJ, McNulty ML, Kormos R, Toyoda Y, Dew MA. Predictors and outcomes of health related quality of life in caregivers of cardiothoracic transplant recipients. American Journal of Transplantation. 2012; 12(12): 3387-97.
Fox KR, Posluszny DM, DiMartini AF, DeVito Dabbs AJ, Rosenberger EM, Zomak RA, Bermudez C, Dew MA. Predictors of post-traumatic psychological growth in the late years after lung transplantation. Clinical Transplant. 2014; 28(4): 384-93.
Posluszny DM, Dougall AL, Johnson JT, Argiris A, Ferris RL, Baum A, Bovbjerg DH, Dew MA. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in newly diagnosed head and neck cancer patients and their partners. Head & Neck. 2014; 37(9): 1282-9.