Director of Psycho-Oncology
Laura B. Dunn, M.D. is Director of Psycho-Oncology and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF. She earned her medical degree at UCSF and completed her residency training in Psychiatry at University of California, San Diego, followed by a Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry, also at UCSD. She is a Board Certified psychiatrist and Board Certified geriatric psychiatrist. Her psycho-oncology research focuses on identifying patterns and predictors of the longitudinal course of psychological symptoms in cancer patients, as well as on developing and testing novel interventions for psychological and psychiatric symptoms in cancer patients. Dr. Dunn is also an internationally recognized expert in ethical issues in psychiatric research, and has published numerous papers on ethical aspects of research.
Associate Director of Psycho-Oncology
Dianne Shumay is a Health Sciences Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF and Associate Director of Psycho-oncology at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer. Dr. Shumay received her M.A. from Stanford University and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She completed a pre-doctoral internship with an emphasis in medical health psychology at the University of Florida and a visiting traineeship at Manchester College, Oxford University, UK. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in palliative care and hospice at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. Her current research involves the longitudinal study of emotional distress in cancer survivors and the designing and testing of cognitive, behavioral and mindfulness interventions to target the psychological and physical symptoms of cancer and cancer treatment. Dr. Shumay works with Cancer Center patients, survivors and their loved ones to help with a wide range of short term and long term needs, such as stress management and coping, behavioral and mindbody approaches for symptoms such as pain, fatigue and insomnia, goal setting for finding meaning, purpose and good quality of life, issues around grief and bereavement, navigating the healthcare system, strategies for decisionmaking and communicating with provider teams, and more.
Palliative Medicine specialist
Dr. Brook Calton is a Palliative Medicine specialist at UCSF. She completed medical school, Internal Medicine-Primary Care Residency, and Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship at UCSF. Dr. Calton feels it’s a true privilege to get to know and care for her patients in SMS and her home-based palliative medicine practice at UCSF. Dr. Calton maintains a strong interest in medical education and leads several projects on serious illness communication for medical students and residents. Outside of medicine, she enjoys travelling, spending time with her husband, cat "Fenway", and friends, and searching for the best pizza in the Bay Area.
Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow
Naomi Sadeh, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow in the Clinical Psychology Training Program in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. Dr. Sadeh received a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed her pre-doctoral internship in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at UCSF. Dr. Sadeh’s research focuses on identifying risk factors for self- and other-directed violence, antisocial behavior, and personality pathology. She co-facilitates psychotherapy groups for cancer patients and survivors at the Cancer Center.
Psycho-Oncology Practice Assistant