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Michelle Cororve Fingeret, Ph.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Associate Professor, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Associate Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

Michelle Cororve Fingeret, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science with joint appointments in the Departments of Plastic Surgery and Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.  Dr. Fingeret is a licensed psychologist and has developed an innovative line of research centering on body image issues for oncology patients. 

Dr. Fingeret obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Texas A&M University in 2004, where she conducted research on the prevention and treatment of disordered eating and disturbed body image.  She completed a postdoctoral internship at the University of Texas Health Science Center and made her way to M. D. Anderson in 2005.

Dr. Fingeret has applied her interests in body image to the areas of psychosocial oncology and smoking cessation.  Most of her research is centered on identifying the nature and extent of body image concerns in different cancer populations, identifying risk factors associated with poor psychological adjustment to alterations in body image, and developing psychotherapeutic interventions to alleviate body image suffering in the oncology setting.  She is also interested in developing body image-focused treatment components to promote smoking cessation and reduce relapse rates. 

In 2008, Dr. Fingeret launched a new psychosocial service at M. D. Anderson called the Body Image Therapy Program.  This program is designed to assist patients with head and neck and breast cancer in adjusting to body image and appearance-related changes resulting from cancer and its treatment.

Research Interests

Body Image

Facial Disfigurement

Breast Reconstruction

Psychosocial Oncology

Smoking Cessation

Quality of Life

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2004 Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, PHD, Clinical Psychology
2001 Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, MS, Clinical Psychology
1997 Washington University, St. Louis, MO, BA, Psychology

Board Certifications

2005 Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 9/2007-8/2013
Assistant Professor, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 9/2007-8/2013
Assistant Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 9/2007-8/2013

Institutional Committee Activities

Psychosocial Research, Member, Survivorship Steering Committee, 2006-2009

Honors and Awards

2012 National Health Information Bronze Award
2010 American Psychosocial Oncology Society New Investigator Award

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Fingeret MC, Hutcheson KA, Jensen K, Yuan Y, Urbauer D, Lewin JS. Associations Among Speech, Eating, and Body Image Concerns for Surgical Patients with Head and Neck Cancer. Head Neck 35(3):354-60, 3/2013. PMID: 22431304.
2. Rhondali W, Chisolm GB, Daneshmand M, Allo J, Kang DH, Filbet M, Fingeret MC and Bruera E. Associations among body image dissatisfaction and weight loss among advanced cancer patients and their caregivers: A preliminary report. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management 45(6):1039-49, 2013.
3. Fingeret MC, Yuan Y, Urbauer D, Weston J, Nipomnick S, Weber R. The nature and extent of body image concerns among surgically treated patients with head and neck cancer. Psychooncology 21(8):836-844, 2012. PMID: 21706673.
4. Kawale M, Lee J, Leung Shi, Fingeret M, Reece G, Crosby M, Beahm E, Markey M, Merchant F. 3D Symmetry Measure Invariant to Subject Pose During Image Acquisition. Breast Cancer: Basic and Clinical Research(5):1-12, 2011.
5. Lee J, Kawale M, Merchant FA, Weston J, Fingeret MC, Ladewig D, Reece GP, Crosby MA, Beahm EK, Markey MK. Validation of Stereophotogrammetry of the Human Torso. Breast Cancer 5:15-25, 2011. PMCID: PMC3076012.
6. Fingeret MC, Vidrine DJ, Reece GP, Gillenwater AG, Gritz ER. A Multidimensional Analysis of Body Image Concerns Among Newly Diagnosed Patients with Oral Cavity Cancer. Head and Neck 32(3):301-309, 2010. PMCID: PMC2821979.
7. Bonnano A, Esmaeli B, Fingeret MC, Nelson D, Weber R. Social challenges of cancer patients with orbitofacial disfigurement. Opthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 26(1):18-22, 2010. PMCID: PMCNo PMCID Available.
8. Warren CS, Cepeda-Benito A, Gleaves DH, Rodriguez S, Moreno S, Fernandez MC, Fingeret MC, Pearson CA. English and Spanish versions of the Body Shape Questionnaire: Measurement equivalence across ethnicity and clinical status. Int J Eat Disord 41:265-272, 2008. PMCID: PMCNo PMCID available.
9. Gritz ER, Vidrine DJ, Fingeret MC. Smoking cessation: A critical component of medical management in chronic disease populations. Am J Prev Med 33(65):S414-422, 2007. PMID: 18021917.
10. Fingeret, MC Arduino R, Vidrine DJ, Gritz ER. The association between body image and smoking cessation among individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Body Image 4:201-206, 2007. PMCID: PMC1950121.
11. Fingeret, MC, Warren, CS, Cepeda-Benito A, Gleaves, DH. Eating disorder prevention research: A meta-analysis. Eating Disorders. J Treat Prev 14:191-213, 2006.
12. Gritz ER, Fingeret MC, Vidrine DJ, Lazev AB, Mehta NV, Reece GP. Successes and failures of the teachable moment: Smoking cessation in cancer patients. Cancer 106:17-27, 2006. PMID: 16311986.
13. Fingeret, MC, Stotts, A, & Moeller, FG. Gender Differences among MDMA users on psychological and drug history variables. Addictive Disorders and Their Treatment 4:43-48, 2005.
14. Fingeret MC, Gleaves, DH, Pearson, CA. On the methodology of body image assessment: The use of figural rating scales to evaluate body dissatisfaction and the ideal body standards of women. Body Image 1:207-212, 2004.
15. Fingeret, MC, Gleaves, DH. Sociocultural, feminist, and psychological influences on women's body satisfaction: A structural modeling analysis. Psychol Women Q 28:370-380, 2004.
16. LeUnes A, Bourgeois AE, Cororve M, Meyers, MC. The Profile of Mood States: Susceptibility to the influence of impression management and deceptive aspects of socially desirable responding. Applied Research in Coaching and Athletics Annual 19:1-23, 2004.
17. Cororve MB, Gleaves, DH. A review of conceptualizations, assessment, and treatment strategies. Clin Psychol Rev 21:949-970, 2001.
18. Williams, TL, Gleaves, DH, Cepeda-Benito, A., Erath, S.A., & Cororve, M.B. The reliability and validity of a group administered version of The Body Image Assessment. Assessment 8:37-46, 2001. PMID: 11310725.
19. Gleaves DH, Cepeda-Benito A, Williams TL, Cororve MB, Fernandez-Nieto MC, Vila J. Body image preferences of self and others: A comparison of Spanish and American male and female college students. Eating Disorders. J Treat Prev 8:26-282, 2000.
20. Gleaves, DH, Lowe, MR, Green, BA, Cororve, MB, Williams, TL. Do anorexia and bulimia nervosa occur on a continuum? A taxometric analysis. Beh Ther 31:195-219, 2000.
21. Gleaves DH, Williams TL, Harrison J, Cororve MB. Measuring dissociative experiences in a college population. J Trauma Dissociation 1:43-47, 2000.
Other Articles
1. Fingeret, MC. Coping with Body Image Changes. Support for People with Head and Neck Cancer, Inc. 20(6):1-3, March, 2011.
2. Williams TL, Cororve MB, Boothe J, Gleaves DH. Recent advancements in the conceptualization and measurement of food cravings. Obesity and Eating Disorders Newsletter 13 (3):1-2, 2000.

Abstracts

1. Gritz E.R., Fingeret M.C., Vidrine D.J. Smoking cessation: A critical component of successful treatment for head and neck cancer. Perry MC (ed), American Society of Clinical Oncology 2005 Education Book:461-465, 5/2005.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Body Image Research and Therapy Program
Funding Source: Kyte Foundation
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 2/1/2013 - 1/31/2014
 
Title: Increasing Patient Awareness of and Access to the Body Image Therapy Service
Funding Source: Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support Program
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 2/1/2013 - 1/31/2014
 
Title: Toward an Understanding of Body Image Adaptation Following Surgical Treatment for Head and Neck Cancer
Funding Source: UTMDACC
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 9/15/2011 - 6/30/2014
 
Title: Coping with Body Image Changes Resulting from Breast Cancer and Its Treatment
Funding Source: Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support Program, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 12/1/2010 - 11/30/2011
 
Title: Subcontract to: 3D Computer Modeling for Optimizing Body Image Following Breast Cancer
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Principal Investigator-MDACC
Principal Investigator: Mia Markey
Duration: 8/1/2010 - 5/31/2015
 
Title: Body Image Functioning in Cancer Patients Undergoing Facial Reconstruction
Funding Source: American Cancer Society (ACS)
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 1/1/2010 - 12/31/2014
 
Title: Body Image Therapy Services
Funding Source: Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support Program, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 8/1/2009 - 7/31/2010
 
Title: Subcontract to: Quantifying Appearance Change Following Breast Reconstruction
Funding Source: American Cancer Society (ACS)
Role: Principal Investigator-MDACC
Principal Investigator: M. Markey
Duration: 7/1/2009 - 6/1/2013
 
Title: An Innovative Telephone Intervention for HIV+ Smokers, National Cancer Institute
Funding Source: National Cancer Institute
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: E. Gritz
Duration: 2/1/2006 - 1/31/2011
 
Title: Weight Gain Prevention for Breast Cancer Survivors
Funding Source: Lance Armstrong Foundation
Role: Significant Contributor
Principal Investigator: Karen Basen-Engquist
Duration: 1/1/2006 - 12/31/2008
 
Title: A Prospective Examination of Smoking Status and Body Image in Surgical Patients with Cancer of the Oral Cavity, National Cancer Institute Fellowship Training Grant in Cancer Prevention
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Postdoctoral Fellow
Principal Investigator: R. Chamberlain
Duration: 12/1/2005 - 8/31/2007

Last updated: 7/17/2014