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Bonnie A. McGregor

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Affiliate Associate Professor, Health Services


PhD   University of Miami (Florida), 2000   (Clinical Health Psychology)
MS   University of Miami (Florida), 1999   (Clinical Health Psychology)
BS   Pacific Lutheran University, 1984   (Biology)

Contact Info


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave. N. MP900
P.O. Box 19024
Seattle, WA 98109-1024

voice:   206-667-7924
fax:   206-667-7850


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

McGregor BA, Dolan ED, Murphy KM, Sannes TS, Highland KB, Albano DL, Ward AA, Charbonneau AM, Redman MW, Ceballos RM. Cognitive Behavioral Stress Management for Healthy Women at Risk for Breast Cancer: a Novel Application of a Proven Intervention. Ann Behav Med. 2015 Dec;49(6):873-84. doi: 10.1007/s12160-015-9726-z.  PMID: 26290001

Barrington WE, Beresford SA, McGregor BA, White E. Perceived Stress and Eating Behaviors by Sex, Obesity Status, and Stress Vulnerability: Findings from the Vitamins and Lifestyle (VITAL) Study. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014 May 12. pii: S2212-2672(14)00358-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2014.03.015. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24828150    PMCID: PMC4229482
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Carpenter KM, Stoner SA, Schmitz K, McGregor BA, Doorenbos AZ. An online stress management workbook for breast cancer. J Behav Med. 2014 Jun;37(3):458-68. doi: 10.1007/s10865-012-9481-6. Epub 2012 Dec 2.  PMID: 23212928    PMCID: PMC3622129
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Cadmus-Bertram L, Littman AJ, Ulrich CM, Stovall R, Ceballos RM, McGregor BA, Wang CY, Ramaprasad J, McTiernan A. Predictors of adherence to a 26-week viniyoga intervention among post-treatment breast cancer survivors. J Altern Complement Med. 2013 Sep;19(9):751-8. doi: 10.1089/acm.2012.0118. Epub 2013 May 10.  PMID: 23663078    PMCID: PMC3768230
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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. 2013 Mar;30 Suppl:S142-8. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2012.07.020. Epub 2012 Aug 13.  PMID: 22910186    PMCID: PMC3549315
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Prophylactic Oophorectomy Surgery And Quality Of Life (POS A QOL)

The broad objective of this pilot project is to examine changes in risk perceptions, emotional functioning, and health-related quality of life before and after prophylactic oophorectomy (PO) among women at elevated risk for ovarian cancer.

Health SMART

Chronic stress can impair immune function, including immune response to vaccines. This has important implications for cancer control and prevention because tumor vaccines are emerging as tools for cancer treatment and prevention, and the cohort that would benefit from the vaccines is likely to be stressed. The Health SMART study will conduct a randomized, clinical trial to test the efficacy of a cognitive behavioral stress management group intervention on immune response to vaccine and distress among women at elevated risk for breast cancer.

Breast cancer risk, distress, and biased cognitive processing of cancer

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.

Psychological stress, cortisol, and B lymphocyte decrements

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.