Susan Lutgendorf

Dewey B. Stuit Professor

Research Interests

Psychoneuroimmunology, Psycho-oncology, Stress management and mindfulness for chronic illness

Training Areas

Clinical Science

Representative Publications

Chang, A., Sloan, E., Antoni, M.H., Knight, J, Telles, R., Lutgendorf, S.K. (2022) Biobehavioral Pathways and Cancer Progression: Insights for improving Well-Being and Cancer Outcomes.  Invited review for 20th Anniversary Special Issue of Integrative Cancer Therapies

Falcinelli, M, Thaker, PH, Lutgendorf, S.K., Conzen, S.D., Flaherty, R, Flint, M.S. The role of psychological stress in cancer initiation: clinical relevance and potential molecular mechanisms. (2021). Cancer Research. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472

Velez-Bermudez, M.S., Norton, A., Ament, A, Armer, J., Davis, L.Z., Deming, R.D., Lutgendorf, S.K. (2021) Above and Beyond Cancer: A Novel Approach to Growth and Resilience in Cancer Survivors. Journal of Psycho-oncology Research and Practice. 3(4)e065.  doi: 10.1097/OR9.0000000000000065 (student publication)

Lutgendorf, S.K., Ramirez, E., Schrepf, A., Valentine, M.C., Charlton, M., Zimmerman, M.Z., Goodheart, MN.J., Zia, S., Sood, A.K., Thaker, P.H. (2021). Rural residence is related to shorter survival in epithelial ovarian cancer patients. Gynecologic Oncology. S0090-8258(21)00601-6.  doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2021.07.035. 

Bindra, S., McGill, M.A., Triplett, M.K., Tyagi, A., Thaker, P.H., Dahmoush, MJ, Ogden, RT, Owusu-Ansah, E, Karan K, Cole, S., Sood, A.K., Lutgendorf, S., Picard, M. (2021). Tumor mitochondria exhibit abnormal phenotypes and blunted associations with positive and negative psychosocial factors. Scientific Reports, 11(1):11595. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-89934-6

Cuneo, M., Szeto, A. Schrepf, A., Kinner, E.M., Schachner, B. I., Ahmed, R., Thaker, P. H.,  Goodheart, M.,  Cole, S.W., McCabe, P.M., Sood, A.K., Mendez, A.J., Lutgendorf, S.K. (2021) Positive psychosocial factors are associated with oxytocin in the ovarian tumor microenvironment. Psychosomatic Medicine.83 (5) 417-422. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000935  (student publication)

Lutgendorf, S.K., Penedo, F., Goodheart, M.J., Arevalo, J.M.G., Thaker, P.H., Slavich, G.M., Sood, A.K., Cole, S.W. (2020) Biobehavioral Stress and the Epithelial Mesenchymal Transition in Ovarian Cancer. Cancer, 126(19) 4407-13.

Armer, J. S., Clevenger, L., Davis, L. Z., Cuneo, M., Thaker, P. H., Goodheart, M. J., Bender, D.P., Dahmoush, L., Sood, A.K., Cole, S.W., Slavich, G.M., Lutgendorf, S.K. (2018). Life Stress as a Risk Factor for Sustained Anxiety and Cortisol Dysregulation During the First Year of Survivorship in Ovarian Cancer. Cancer. doi: 10.1002/cncr.31570 (student publication)

Lutgendorf, S.K., Thaker, P.H., Arevalo, J.A., Goodheart, M.J., Slavich, G.M., Sood, A.K., Cole, S.W. (2018). Biobehavioral Modulation of the Exosome Transcriptome in Ovarian Carcinoma. Cancer, 124, 580-586.  doi: 10.1002/cncr.31078

Kinner E.M., Armer J.S., McGregor B.A., Duffecy J., Leighton S., Corden M.E., Gauthier Mullady J., Penedo F.J., Lutgendorf S.K. (2018) Internet-Based Group Intervention for Ovarian Cancer Survivors: Feasibility and Preliminary Results.  JMIR Cancer. 4(1):e1. doi: 10.2196/cancer.8430. (student publication).

Valdimarsdottir, H.B., Mariana G. Figuero, M.G., Holden, W., Lutgendorf, S.K., Chen, J., Hoffman-Peterson, A., Granski, J., Prescott, N., Vega, A., Stern, N., Winkel, G., Redd, W.H. (2018). Programmed Environmental Illumination during Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation Hospitalization for the Treatment of Multiple Myeloma Reduces Severity of Depression: A Preliminary Randomized Controlled Trial. Cancer Medicine

Cuneo, M.G.,   Schrepf A., Slavich G.M., Thaker P.H., Goodheart M., Bender D., Cole, S.W., Sood, A., Lutgendorf, S.K.  (2017) Neuroendocrine Dynamics in Five-Year Survivors of Ovarian Cancer. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 84, 139-42, doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2017.06.019 

Nagaraja, A. S., Dood, R. L., Armaiz-Pena, G., Kang, Y., Wu, S. Y., Allen, J. K., . . . Lutgendorf, S.K., Cole, S.W.,  Sood, A. K. (2017). Adrenergic-mediated increases in INHBA drive CAF phenotype and collagens. JCI Insight, 2, doi:10.1172/jci.insight.93076**

Lutgendorf, S.K., Shinn, E., Carter, J., Leighton, S., Baggerly, K., Guindani, M., Fellman, B., Matzo, M., Goodman, M.T., Tew, W., Lester, J., Moore, K.N.,  Karlan, B.Y., Levine, D.A., Sood, A. (2017) Quality of Life in  Long Term Survivors of Advanced-Stage Ovarian Cancer. Gynecologic Oncology,146, 101-108,   doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2017.05.008

Antoni, M.H., Bouchard, L.C., Jacobs, J.M., Lechner, S.C., Jutagir, D.R., Gudenkauf, L.M., Carver, C.S., Lutgendorf, S., Cole, S.W., Lippman, M., & Blomberg, B.B. (2016).  Stress management, leukocyte transcriptional changes and breast cancer recurrence in a randomized trial: An exploratory analysis. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 74:269-277. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2016.09.012.**

Muehsam, D., Lutgendorf, S., Mills, P.J., Rickhi B., Chevalier, G., Bat N., Chopra, D., Gurfein, B. (2017). The embodied mind: A review on functional genomic and neurological correlates of mind-body therapies. Neuroscience Biobehavioral Reviews, 73:165-181. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.12.027

Schrepf, A., O’Donnell, M.A., Luo, Y., Bradley, C.S., Kreder, K.J., Lutgendorf, S.K. (2016). Inflammation and Symptom Change in Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain Research Network Study Urology, 90:56-61. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2015.12.040

Cole, S.W., Nagaraja, A.S., Lutgendorf, S.K., McDonald, P.G., Sood, A.K. (2015). Sympathetic Nervous System Regulation of the Tumor Microenvironment. Nature Reviews Cancer. 15(9), 563-72. doi: 10.1038/nrc3978.

Davis, L.,  Slavich, G.M., Thaker, P.H.,  Goodheart, M.J., Bender D., Dahmoush, L., Farley, D., Markon, K.E., Penedo, F.J., Lubaroff, D.M., Cole, S.W., Sood, A.K., Lutgendorf, S.K. (2015). Eudaimonic Well-Being is Associated with Lower Tumor Norepinephrine in Epithelial Ovarian Cancer Patients. Cancer, 121(19):3543-50. doi: 10.1002/cncr.29516.

Research areas
  • Clinical Science
  • Health
  • Stress
Ph.D., University of Miami, 1994
Contact Information

479 Psychological and Brain Sciences Building (PBSB)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States