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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. Rhondali W, Chisholm GB, Filbet M, Kang DH, Hui D, Cororve Fingeret M, Bruera E. Screening for Body Image Dissatisfaction in Patients with Advanced Cancer: A Pilot Study. J Palliat Med 18(2):151-6, 2/2015. e-Pub 9/4/2014. PMCID: PMC4308823.
2. Chua AS, DeSantis SM, Teo I, Fingeret MC. Body Image Investment in Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Reconstruction: Taking a Closer Look at the Appearance Schemas Inventory-Revised. Body Image 13C. e-Pub 1/2015. PMID: 25600137.
3. Sun CS, Cantor SB, Reece GP, Fingeret MC, Crosby MA, Markey MK. Helping patients make choices about breast reconstruction: A decision analysis approach. Plast Reconstr Surg 134(4):597-608, 10/2014. PMCID: PMC4217136.
4. Lee J, Teo I, Guindani M, Reece GP, Markey MK, Fingeret MC. Associations between psychosocial functioning and smiling intensity in patients with head and neck cancer. Psychol Health Med. e-Pub 8/2014. PMID: 25159529.
5. Fingeret MC, Nipomnick S, Guindani M, Baumann D, Hanasono M, Crosby M. Body image screening for cancer patients undergoing reconstructive surgery. Psychooncology 23(8):898-905, 8/2014. e-Pub 2/6/2014. PMCID: PMC4116641.
6. DeSnyder SM, Teo I, Fingeret MC. Body Image Struggles and Breast Cancer: An Under-Recognized and Undertreated Issue with Important Implications for All Patients. Breast Cancer Management 3(3):251-260, 5/2014.
7. Fingeret MC, Teo I, Epner DE. Managing Body Image Difficulties of Adult Cancer Patients: Lessons from Available Research. Cancer 120(5):633-641, 3/1/2014. e-Pub 11/21/2013. PMCID: PMC4052456.
8. Sun CS, Cantor SB, Reece GP, Crosby MA, Fingeret MC, Markey MK. Assessing women's preferences and preference modeling for breast reconstruction decision-making. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open 2(3):e125, 3/2014. PMCID: PMC4120963.
9. Sun CS, Reece GP, Crosby MA, Fingeret MC, Skoracki RJ, Villa MT, Hanasono MM, Baumann DP, Chang DW, Cantor SB, Markey MK. Plastic surgeon expertise in predicting breast reconstruction outcomes for patient decision analysis. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open 1(8):e78 10.1097/GOX.0000000000000010, 11/2013. e-Pub 11/2013. PMCID: PMC4044723.
10. Fingeret MC, Nipomnick SW, Crosby MA, Reece GP. Developing a Theoretical Framework to Illustrate Associations Among Patient Satisfaction, Body Image and Quality of Life for Women Undergoing Breast Reconstruction. Cancer Treat Rev 39(6):673-81, 10/2013. e-Pub 2/2013. PMCID: PMC3681916.
11. Gritz ER, Danysh HE, Fletcher FE, Tami-Maury I, Fingeret MC, King RM, Arduino RC, Vidrine DJ. Long-term Outcomes of a Cell Phone-Delivered Intervention for Smokers Living With HIV/AIDS. Clin Infect Dis 57(4):608-15, 8/2013. e-Pub 5/2013. PMCID: PMC3719892.
12. Kawale M, Reece GP, Crosby MA, Beahm EK, Fingeret MC, Markey MK, Merchant FA. Automated Identification of Fiducial Points in 3D Torso Images. Biomedical Engineering and Computational Biology 5:57-68, 7/2013.
13. 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.
14. Rhondali W, Chisolm GB, Daneshmand M, Allo J, Kang DH, Filbet M, Fingeret MC, 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. Fingeret MC, Vidrine DJ, Reece GP, Gillenwater AG, Gritz ER. Multidimensional Analysis of Body Image Concerns Among Newly Diagnosed Patients with Oral Cavity Cancer. Head and Neck 32(3):301-309, 2010. PMCID: PMC2821979.
19. Bonnano A, Esmaeli B, Fingeret MC, Nelson D, Weber R. Social challenges of cancer patients with orbitofacial disfigurement. Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 26(1):18-22, 2010. PMCID: PMCNo PMCID Available.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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.
26. 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.
27. 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.
28. 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.
29. Cororve MB, Gleaves DH. A review of conceptualizations, assessment, and treatment strategies. Clin Psychol Rev 21:949-970, 2001.
30. Williams TL, Gleaves DH, Cepeda-Benito A, Erath SA, Cororve MB. The reliability and validity of a group administered version of The Body Image Assessment. Assessment 8:37-46, 2001. PMID: 11310725.
31. 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.
32. 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.
33. Gleaves DH, Williams TL, Harrison J, Cororve MB. Measuring dissociative experiences in a college population. J Trauma Dissociation 1:43-47, 2000.

Invited Articles

1. Fingeret MC, Teo I, Goettsch K. Body Image: A Critical Psychosocial Issue for Patients with Head and Neck Cancer. Curr Oncol Rep 17(1):422, 1/2015. PMID: 25416316.
2. Shih T, Fingeret M, Reece G. Economic and Psychosocial Outcomes in Breast Oncology: Applications and Potential Pitfalls. Breast Diseases: A Year Book Quarterly 19:305-306, 2009. PMCID: PMCNo PMCID Available.
3. Dabeer M, Fingeret M, Merchant F, Reece G, Beahm E, Markey M. A Research Agenda for Appearance Changes Due to Breast Cancer Treatment. Breast Cancer: Basic and Clinical Research 2:1-3, 2008. PMCID: PMCNo PMCID Available.
4. Fingeret MC, Gritz ER, Cinciripini PM. State-of-the-art treatment for smoking cessation cancer patients. Tex Psychol 58:18-20, 2007. PMCID: PMCNo PMCID Available.
Other Articles
1. Sun, CS, Markey, MK, Merchant, FM, Ravi-Chandar, K, Fingeret, MC, Reece GP. 3D Computer technology Addresses Body Image Issues of Breast Reconstruction. SPIE Newsroom, http://spie.org/x102599.xml, 7/2013.
2. Fingeret, MC. Coping with Body Image Changes. Support for People with Head and Neck Cancer, Inc. 20(6):1-3, March, 2011.
3. 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. Reece G, Merchant F, Khatam H, Ravi-Chandra K, Weston J, Fingeret M, Lane C, Duncan K, Markey M. 3D Surface Imaging of the Human Female Torso in Upright to Supine Positions. Proceedings of the Biomedical Engineering Society 2014 Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX(1408), 10/2014.
2. Teo I, Heinberg L, Christie I, Guindani M, Fingeret M. Body image coping in cancer patients: How do patients adapt to disfiguring surgeries. Psychooncology 22(2):39-40, 2013.
3. Fingeret MC, Lee J, Teo I, Reece GP, Markey M. Quantifying Facial Expression of Head and Neck Cancer Patients Undergoing Reconstructive Surgery: How Does Smiling Intensity Relate to Psychosocial Functioning?. Psychooncology 22(3):311-312, 2013.
4. Lee J, Fingeret MC, Teo I, Hanasono M, Skoracki R, Markey M. Quantitative Measures of Facial Expression for Patients with Head and Neck Cancer. Engineering in Medicine and Biological Society (EMBC), 2013 35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE:3706-3709, 2013.
5. Fingeret MC. Body Image Therapy Services: Enhancing Psychosocial Care of Patients with Tumors Affecting the Face and Breast. Proceedings of the 8th Annual Conference of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society Anaheim CA, 2/2011.
6. Bose A, Shah SK, Reece GP, Crosby MA, Beahm EK, Fingeret MC, Markey MK, Merchant FA. Automated spatial alignment of 3D torso images. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc 2011:8455-8, 2011.
7. Fingeret, M. C. Body Image Therapy Services: Enhancing Psychosocial Care of Patients with Tumors Affecting the Face and Breast. Psycho-Oncology 20(Suppl. I):34-45, 2011.
8. Perkins HY, Jones ML, Baum GP, Harrison C, Fingeret MC, Basen-Engquist K. Physical self-perceptions, body size and exercise among breast cancer survivors. Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise 43(5):S221, 2011.
9. Fingeret MC. Identification and Treatment of Body Image Difficulties Encountered by Patients with Facial Cancer: New Directions in Research and Clinical Practice. Proceedings of the 4th Appearance Matters Conference hosted by the Center for Appearance Research Bristol, England, 6/2010.
10. Fingeret MC, Weston J, Yuan Y, Weber RS. The Nature and Extent of Body Image Concerns Among Surgically Treated Patients with Head and Neck Cancer: New Findings to Promote Improved Psychosocial Care. Proceedings of the American Head and Neck Society 2010 meeting held during the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting Las Vegas, NV, 4/2010.
11. Fingeret MC, Weston J, Weber RS, Reece GP, Gritz ER. Addressing Body Image Concerns of Patients with Facial Cancer: Important Steps in Research and Clinical Practice. Proceedings of the 7th Annual Conference of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, New Orleans, LA, 2/2010.
12. Fingeret, MC., Li, Y., Palla, S., Reece, G.P., Gillenwater, A.G., & Gritz, E.R. A Prospective Examination of Body Image Outcomes for Patients with Oral Cancer. Proceedings of the 6th Annual Meeting of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, Charlotte, N.C. 2009.
13. Fingeret MC, Vidrine DJ, Reece GP, Gillenwater AG, Gritz ER. Body image and quality of life outcomes in oral cavity cancer patients before surgical treatment. Proceedings of the 28th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC, 3/2007.
14. Fingeret MC, Vidrine DJ, Reece GP, Gillenwater AG, Gritz ER. Smoking status, body image, and quality of life outcomes in oral cavity cancer patients before surgical treatment. Proceedings of the 13th Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Austin, TX, 2/2007.
15. Fingeret MC, Vidrine DJ, Arduino RC, Gritz ER. The effects of body image on smoking cessation in individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Orlando, FL, 2/2006.
16. 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.
17. Gritz ER, Fingeret MC, Vidrine DJ. Smoking cessation: a critical component of successful treatment for head and neck cancer. American Society of Clinical Oncology 2005 Educational Book, 41st Annual Meeting ASCO, Orlando, FL:461-465, 2005.

Book Chapters

1. Fingeret, MC. Psychosocial Impact of Breast Cancer Treatment. In: Advanced Therapy of Breast Disease, 3rd Ed. Ed(s) G Babiera, F Estavba, R Skoracki. People's Medical Publishing House, USA, 1289-1304, 2012.
2. Gritz ER, Lam CY, Vidrine DJ, Fingeret MC. Cancer Prevention: Tobacco dependence and its treatment. In: Principles and Practices of Oncology, 9th Ed. Ed(s) Ed(s) VT DeVita, Jr., TS Lawrence, SA Rosenberg. Lippincott, Williams Wilkins: Philadelphia, 529-542, 2011. ISBN: 9781451105452.
3. Fingeret, MC. Psychosocial Impact of Skin Cancer Treatment. In: Cutaneous Malignancy of the Head & Neck: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Ed(s) RS Weber, BA Moore. Plural Publishing: San Diego, Ca, 29-40, 2011.
4. Fingeret, MC. Body Image and Disfigurement. In: M. D. Anderson Manual of Psychosocial Oncology. Ed(s) J Duffy, A. Valentine. McGraw-Hill: Columbus, OH, 271-288, 2010.
5. Gritz ER, Lam CY, Vidrine DJ, Fingeret MC. Cancer prevention: Tobacco dependence and its treatment. In: Principles and Practices of Oncology, 8th Ed. Ed(s) VT DeVita, Jr., TS Lawrence, SA Rosenberg. Lippincott, Williams Wilkins: Baltimore, MD., 593-607, 2008.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Love Your Body Day, Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support
Funding Source: Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 8/2014 - 7/2015
 
Title: Body Image Research and Therapy Program, Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support
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, Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support
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, Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support
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, Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support
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, Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Principal Investigator-MDACC
Principal Investigator: Mia Markey
Duration: 8/1/2010 - 5/31/2016
 
Title: Body Image Functioning in Cancer Patients Undergoing Facial Reconstruction, Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support
Funding Source: American Cancer Society (ACS)
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 1/1/2010 - 12/31/2015
 
Title: Body Image Therapy Services, Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support
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, Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support
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, Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support
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, Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support
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, Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Postdoctoral Fellow
Principal Investigator: R. Chamberlain
Duration: 12/1/2005 - 8/31/2007

Last updated: 5/13/2015