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Julia Rowland, PhD

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Director, Office of Cancer Survivorship

Julia H. Rowland, PhD, Director, Office of Cancer Survivorship

Julia Rowland, PhD, was appointed director of NCI’s Office of Cancer Survivorship in September 1999. Before coming to DCCPS, she was the founding director of the Psycho-oncology Program at the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University (1990- 1999). Prior to that, she trained and worked for 13 years in psycho-oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). Dr. Rowland received her PhD in developmental psychology from Columbia University in 1984 and was one of the first two post-doctoral fellows at MSKCC to receive NIH-supported training in the then newly-emergent field of psychosocial oncology. While at MSKCC, where she held joint appointments in pediatrics and neurology, Dr. Rowland helped establish and was the first director of the Post-treatment Resource Program.

Her research has focused on both pediatric and adult cancer survivorship. She has published extensively on women’s reactions to breast cancer, as well as on the roles of coping, social support, and developmental stage in a patient’s adaptation to cancer. She coedited the groundbreaking text, Handbook of Psychooncology: Psychological Care of the Patient with Cancer (1989), and is the author of more than 75 scientific articles, reviews, and book chapters. She is also a frequent speaker to both lay and professional audiences on issues related to quality of life and health after cancer.

Dr. Rowland is a member of several advisory boards, including that of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. Her service on journal editorial boards includes being editor of the survivorship department for Cancer Investigation, and contributing editor for Breast Diseases: A Yearbook Quarterly. Since coming to NCI, Dr. Rowland has been awarded an NIH Plain Language Award and was appointed co-champion of NCI’s Extraordinary Opportunity in Cancer Survivorship.