Bonnie A. McGregor is a licensed clinical psychologist and has experience with both psychological interventions and immune function assessment. Before becoming a clinical psychologist, she worked for 10 years conducting immune function assays as a senior research laboratory technician at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Dr. McGregor is interested in how psychological factors affect health. In particular, she is interested in how psychological interventions with cancer patients and those at risk for cancer can affect not only distress and posttraumatic growth, but also nervous, endocrine, and immune system functioning. At the same time, Dr. McGregor is also studying psychological factors that contribute to distress among women at risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
Effect of psychological interventions on distress, posttraumatic growth, nervous, endocrine, and immune system functioning among cancer patients and those at risk for cancer; psychological factors contributing to distress among women at risk for breast and ovarian cancer
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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave. N. MP900
P.O. Box 19024
Seattle, WA 98109-1024
MS University of Miami (Florida), 1999 (Clinical Health Psychology)
BS Pacific Lutheran University, 1984 (Biology)
McGregor BA, Syrjala KL, Dolan ED, Langer SL, Redman M. The effect of pre-transplant distress on immune reconstitution among adult autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation patients. Brain Behav Immun. 2012 Aug 13. doi:pii: S0889-1591(12)00203-6. 10.1016/j.bbi.2012.07.020. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 22910186 PMCID: PMC3549315
Carpenter KM, Stoner SA, Schmitz K, McGregor BA, Doorenbos AZ. An online stress management workbook for breast cancer. J Behav Med. 2012 Dec 2. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23212928 PMCID: PMC3622129
Barrington WE, Ceballos RM, Bishop SK, McGregor BA, Beresford SA. Perceived stress, behavior, and body mass index among adults participating in a worksite obesity prevention program, Seattle, 2005-2007. Prev Chronic Dis. 2012 Oct;9:E152. doi: 10.5888/pcd9.120001. PMID: 23036611 PMCID: PMC3477899
Eaton LH, Doorenbos AZ, Schmitz KL, Carpenter KM, McGregor BA. Establishing treatment fidelity in a web-based behavioral intervention study. Nurs Res. 2011 Nov-Dec;60(6):430-5. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0b013e31823386aa. PMID: 22048559 PMCID: PMC3235349
PI: Patrick Dates: 7/1/2010 - 6/30/2011
PI: Beresford Dates: 12/1/2008 - 11/30/2013
The proposed study will measure and characterize the acute stress response associated with taking the cancer word Stroop task among women with and without a family history of breast cancer. The study will also test the effects of an existing 10-week CBSM intervention on distress and cancer Stroop task performance among the family history positive women.
The present longitudinal study will assess the effects of academic stress on salivary cortisol and B lymphocyte number among 40 comparison participants and 40 students over the course of their first year of graduate school which culminates with the qualifying examinations.