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Kathrin Milbury

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of General Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

I am a relationship researcher with extensive training in psycho-oncology and behavioral interventions particularly mind-body medicine. My passion is to design and evaluate dyadic interventions to improve the quality of life of cancer patients and their loved ones.  I am predominantly interested in designing evidence-based interventions for families facing a poor prognosis and examining mind-body interventions as supportive care strategies. For instance, in my NCI R25T funded work, I designed and pilot-tested a couple-based yoga program for lung cancer patients receiving radiotherapy and their family caregivers. Under my Career Development Award, I am currently conducting a randomized controlled trial to establish the efficacy of this dyadic intervention using a multi-method assessment strategy including subjective, objective and biological outcomes. I now seek to expand this program of research to other cancer populations such as patients with brain tumors and metastatic disease and their family caregivers. 

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2008 University of Houston, Houston, TX, PHD, Social Psychology
2005 University of Houston, Houston, TX, MA, Social Psychology
2000 Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, BA, Psychology

Postgraduate Training

1/2013-8/2013 Postdoctoral Fellow, Integrative Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
1/2010-12/2012 Postdoctoral Fellow, Psycho-oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
2/2009-8/2009 Trainee, Psycho-oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Instructor, University of Houston - Downtown, Houston, TX, 2008-2012
Adjunct Instructor, Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX, 2008-2009
Instructor, York Technical College, Rock Hill, SC, 2005-2006

Other Appointments/Responsibilities

Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2010-2013
Graduate Research Assistant, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2009
Research Coordinator, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2009
Teaching Fellow, University Houston, Houston, TX, 2007-2008
Graduate Research Assistant, University of Houston, Houston, TX, 2002-2005
Research Assistant, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 2000

Honors and Awards

2013 Best Trainee Poster Award, Society for Integrative Oncology Annual Meeting
2013 Postdoctoral Fellowship, NCI R25T
2013 Poster Award finalist, 2013 MD Anderson Cancer Center Trainee Research Day
2013 Runner-up Outstanding Trainee Award, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
2012 Poster Award finalist, 2012 MD Anderson Cancer Center Cancer Survivorship Conference
2011 Poster Award finalist, First MD Anderson Cancer Center Cancer Survivorship Research Symposium
2011 Poster Award finalist, 2011 MD Anderson Cancer Center Trainee Research Day
2010-2012 Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Cancer Society
2010 Abstract Winner, Trainee Research Day 2010, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
2010 Abstract Winner of Trainee Research Day 2010, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
2010 Poster Award finalist, 2010 MD Anderson Cancer Center Trainee Research Day
2009 NCI R25E Graduate Research Experience
2009 Poster Award finalist, 2009 MD Anderson Cancer Center Trainee Research Day
2000 Big South Conference Student Athlete of the Year
2000 NSF Summer Research Institute, University of South Carolina
2000 Summa Cum Laude, Honors College, Winthrop University
1999-2000 Psi Chi, President , Winthrop University
1998-2000 Big South Conference All-Conference Academic Honors
1997-2000 South Carolina Life-Scholarship

Professional Memberships

American Psychosomatic Society
Member, 2011-present
American Society of Preventative Oncology Junior Members Planning Committee
Member, 2010-present
Dean’s Advisory Committee, Winthrop University
Member, 1999-2000
Diversity Council, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Member, 2011-present
International Association for Relationship Research
Member, 2010-present
Population-Based Health Services Research Committee
Member, 2013-present
Society of Behavioral Medicine
Member, 2008-present
Society of Personality and Social Psychology
Member, 2002-2009

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Milbury K, Chaoul A, Engle R, Liao Z, Yang C, Carmack C, Shannon V, Spelman A, Wangyal T, Cohen L. Couple-Based Tibetan Yoga Program for Lung Cancer Patients and their Caregivers. Psychooncology. e-Pub 5/29/2014. PMID: 24890852.
2. Milbury K, Spelman A, Wood C, Matin SF, Tannir N, Jonasch E, Pisters L, Wei Q, Cohen L. A randomized controlled trial of expressive writing for patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC). J Clin Oncol 32(7):663-70, 3/1/2014. e-Pub 1/27/2014. PMCID: PMC3927735.
3. Milbury K, Rosenthal DI, El-Naggar A, Badr H. An exploratory study of the informational and psychosocial needs of patients with human papillomavirus-associated oropharyngeal cancer. Oral Oncol 49(11):1067-71, 11/2013. e-Pub 8/13/2013. PMCID: PMC3964874.
4. Milbury K, Badr H, Fossella F, Pisters KM, Carmack CL. Longitudinal associations between caregiver burden and patient and spouse distress in couples coping with lung cancer. Support Care Cancer 21(9):2371-9, 9/2013. e-Pub 4/2/2013. PMID: 23546537.
5. Chen Z, Meng Z, Milbury K, Bei W, Zhang Y, Thornton B, Liao Z, Wei Q, Chen J, Guo X, Liu L, McQuade J, Kirschbaum C, Cohen L. Qigong improves quality of life in women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer: results of a randomized controlled trial. Cancer 119(9):1690-8, 5/2013. e-Pub 1/2013. PMID: 23355182.
6. Milbury K, Chaoul A, Biegler K, Wangyal T, Spelman A, Meyers CA, Arun B, Palmer JL, Taylor J, Cohen L. Tibetan sound meditation for cognitive dysfunction: results of a randomized controlled pilot trial. Psychooncology. e-Pub 5/2013. PMID: 23657969.
7. Milbury K, Badr H. Sexual problems, communication patterns, and depressive symptoms in couples coping with metastatic breast cancer. Psychooncology 22(4):814-22, 4/2013. e-Pub 5/2012. PMID: 22565300.
8. Milbury K, Cohen L, Jenkins R, Skibber JM, Schover LR. The association between psychosocial and medical factors with long-term sexual dysfunction after treatment for colorectal cancer. Support Care Cancer 21(3):793-802, 3/2013. e-Pub 9/2012. PMID: 22948439.
9. Milbury K, Badr H, Carmack CL. The role of blame in the psychosocial adjustment of couples coping with lung cancer. Ann Behav Med 44(3):331-40, 12/2012. PMID: 22893024.
10. Ojo B, Genden E, Teng M, Milbury K, Misiukiewicz K, Badr H. A systematic review of head and neck cancer quality of life assessment instruments. Oral Oncology, 4/2012. e-Pub 4/2012. PMCID: PMCPMC3406264.
11. Badr H, Milbury K. Associations between Depression, Pain Behaviors, and Partner Responses to Pain in Metastatic Breast Cancer. Pain, 9/2011. e-Pub 9/2011. PMID: 21889263.
12. Milbury K, Tannir N, Cohen L. Treatment-Related Optimism Protects Quality of Life in a Phase II Clinical Trial for Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 42(3):313-20, 2011. PMID: 21822749.

Abstracts

1. Milbury K, Schulz B, Berkova B, Taiwo Z, Spelman A, Wei Q, Cohen L. Religious Coping in the Emotional Writing (EW) of Kidney Cancer Patients. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 47 (Suppl)(S176), 2014.
2. Milbury K, Badr H, Carmack C. Caregiving burden predicts psychological distress in couples coping with lung cancer: a dyadic analysis. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 45 (Suppl 2)(S176), 2013.
3. Milbury K, Badr H. Observed Social Support Behaviors and Cancer-Related Cognitive Processing in Couples Coping with Head and Neck Cancer. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention 21(563), 2012.
4. Badr H, Milbury K, Lee C, Kim C, Sallam A, Manne S. Social cognitive processing in couples coping with head and neck cancers. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 41 (Suppl)(S59), 2011.
5. Milbury K, Badr H. The cancer stroop task as an implicit measure of cognitive interference in head and neck cancer patients. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention 20(717), 2011.
6. Milbury K, Badr H, Carmack C. The role of blame and self-blame in the psychosocial adjustment of patients and their partners to lung cancer. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 41 (Suppl)(S59), 2011.
7. Milbury K, Badr H. Development and implementation of a cancer stroop task to assess biased cognitive processing in couples coping with head and neck cancer (HNC). Annals of Behavioral Medicine 39 (Suppl)(S165), 2010.

Book Chapters

1. Badr H, Barker TM, Milbury K. Couples’ psychosocial adaptation to combat wounds and injuries. In: Military Families Under Stress. Springer: New York. In Press.
2. Badr H, Carmack CL, Milbury K, Temech M. Psychosocial Interventions for Couples Coping With Cancer: A Systematic Review. In: Psychological Aspects of Cancer: A Guide to Emotional and Psychological Consequences of Cancer, Their Causes and Their Management. Springer: New York. In Press.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Couple-Based Mind-Body Program for Lung Cancer Patients and their Caregiving Partners
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Postdoctoral Fellow
Principal Investigator: Shine Chang
Duration: 1/1/2013 - 12/31/2014
 
Title: Development of a Couple-Based Mind-Body Program for Glioma Patients and Partners
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Investigator
Duration: 7/1/2012 - 6/30/2016
 
Title: Feasibility of a Couple vs. an Individual-Oriented Mood Management Intervention for Distressed Lung Cancer Patients
Funding Source: Duncan Family Institute
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Cindy Carmack
Duration: 2/1/2012 - 1/31/2015
 
Title: Spousal Support, Cognitive Processes, & Adjustment in Head and Neck Cancer
Funding Source: American Cancer Society (ACS)
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 1/1/2010 - 12/31/2013
 
Title: Utilizing a Cancer Stroop Task as an Objective Measure of Maladaptive Cognitive Processing in Couples Coping with Head and Neck Cancer
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Graduate Research Assistant
Principal Investigator: Chamberlain
Duration: 2/1/2009 - 8/1/2009

Last updated: 7/7/2014