Paige Green-McDonald , PhD, MPH
Research Area: Stress-mediated effects on cancer biology; stress measurement and methodology, psychoneuroimmunology
Paige McDonald is Chief of the Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch (BBPSB), Behavioral Research Program (BRP), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Dr. McDonald has served as a Program Director in the BBPSB since 2001. In that role, she cultivates the growth of the biobehavioral research portfolio that focuses on elucidating biological mechanisms of psychosocial effects on health and disease.
Prior to joining the NCI, Dr. McDonald was a research psychologist at Howard University Cancer Center (HUCC) and a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at Howard University College of Medicine. Her research interests included stress and immunity within a cancer risk context, the influence of behavioral factors on breast cancer risk and survival, and the perceptions and knowledge of breast cancer and early detection behaviors among women residing in public housing.
Dr. McDonald received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Her doctoral training included an emphasis on behavioral medicine and psychophysiology within the context of cardiovascular disease. Dr. McDonald completed her clinical psychology internship, with specialization in health psychology, at the Brown University Clinical Psychology Internship Consortium and postdoctoral fellowships at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the HUCC. In 2005, she received a Master of Public Health degree from Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. In 2009, she was elected to the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.
Selected Publications and Presentations
Stefanek, M. & McDonald, P. G. Brain, behavior, and immunity in cancer. Handbook of Behavioral Science and Cancer 2008.
Ferrer, R. A., McDonald, P.G., & Barrett, L. F. Affective science and cancer control: Towards a mutually beneficial research agenda. Pers on Psy Sci. .
Paskett, E. D., Alfano, C. M., Davidson, M. A., Andersen, B. L., Naughton, M. J., Sherman, A., McDonald, P. G., & Hays, J. Breast cancer survivors' health-related quality of life : racial differences and comparisons with noncancer controls. Cancer 2008; 113(11):3222-3230.
Antoni, M. H., Lutgendorf, S. K., Cole, S. W., Dhabhar, F. S., Sephton, S. E., McDonald, P. G., Stefanek, M., & Sood, A. K. The influence of bio-behavioural factors on tumour biology: pathways and mechanisms. Nat Rev Cancer 2006; 6(3):240-248.
McDonald, P. G., Antoni, M. H., Lutgendorf, S. K., Cole, S. W., Dhabhar, F. S., Sephton, S. E., Stefanek, M., & Sood, A. K. A biobehavioral perspective of tumor biology. Discov Med 2005; 5(30):520-526.