Our Team


Laura Dunn, MD

Director of Psycho-Oncology

Laura B. Dunn, M.D. is Director of Psycho-Oncology and Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF, and is the Gloria Hubner Endowed Chair in Psycho-Oncology. 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.


Dianne Shumay, PhD

Clinical Psychologist
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.

Patty Moran, PhD

‎Clinical Psychologist

Patty Moran, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer, and a Research Specialist at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at UCSF. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Iowa in 2000, with a focus on health psychology. She completed an American Psychological Association-approved clinical internship with a Behavioral Medicine Specialization at the Palo Alto VA Hospital, and a post-doctoral fellowship in Psychology and Medicine at UCSF.

In Psycho-Oncology, Dr. Moran uses cognitive-behavioral, emotion-focused, and mindfulness-based approaches to help cancer patients and their family members cope with a wide array of concerns and symptoms related to cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

At the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Moran has been the Project Director for several NIH-funded studies, including two Center of Excellence in Research grants on mindfulness-based interventions for HIV and obesity, as well as a study examining care preferences and coping at the end-of-life in patients and caregivers with cancer and HIV.


Jamie Alexis Cohen, PsyD

‎Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Cohen earned her Psy.D. from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium in Palo Alto, CA. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Northport VA Medical Center in New York, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship with an emphasis in primary care psychology at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Her clinical interests include motivational processes involved in adaptive health behavior change, facilitating integrative and interdisciplinary approaches to comprehensive healthcare, as well as assisting patients and their families cope with the challenges associated with cancer diagnosis, care, and survivorship. As a member of the psycho-oncology team, some of the services she is honored to assist patients with include goal-setting and problem navigation in the context of cancer treatment, as well cognitive, behavioral, and mindfulness-based interventions for managing pain, insomnia, fatigue, stress, and more.


Missy Buchanan

Psycho-Oncology Practice Assistant