Anne Coscarelli, PhD

  • Director, Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology (formerly UCLA Ted Mann Family Resource Center), Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology UCLA
  • Clinical Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Coscarelli received a PhD in clinical psychology with an emphasis in the psychology of women in 1980 and later received the “Outstanding Alumna of the Year Award” for her research in the area of psychosocial oncology. For 26 years Dr. Coscarelli has held faculty appointments at UCLA.  She continues to serve as the founding Director of the Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology formerly theTed Mann Family Resource Center since 1992 when she was recruited by the Dean of the School of Medicine and the Director of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA. The Center is a unique model oriented toward comprehensive care of the patient and family integrating the psychological and mind-body perspective into what is traditionally exclusively biomedical care.  Her goal has been to translate research conducted in multidisciplinary fields into the practice of caring for the whole patient with cancer.  She has staffed the Center with a team of dedicated professionals who understand the biology of cancer, the psychological impact of the disease and who value the importance of healing—patient and family.  Dr. Coscarelli has designed programs oriented toward maximizing healing and providing care that recognizes the importance of the mind-body connection.  Dr. Coscarelli developed a program entitled, “Mind-Body Approaches to Coping with Cancer.”   As early as 1985, Dr. Coscarelli published a research study in the most prestigious journal in clinical psychology illustrating an integrative medicine approach.  The study demonstrated the value of relaxation training, cognitive coping and physical activity management on the well-being and quality of life of patients with cancer and their families.  Dr. Coscarelli, as part of a multidisciplinary team, received grants from the National Cancer Institute, the Veterans Administration, UCLA and private foundations.  She developed a unique quality of life tool to assess the diverse needs of individuals with cancer that is known nationally and internationally through medical and psychological publications. The tool was adapted for patients with HIV infection.  She has numerous publications in medical and psychological journals and is committed to finding compassionate ways to support the well-being of individuals as they make their cancer journey. Dr. Coscarelli believes that the cancer experience is not simply a biomedical one, and truly comprehensive care must address the psychology of the illness. Dr. Coscarelli is highly committed to advancing the care of individuals who survive cancer and as a result is on the Advisory Boards for the UCLA-LIVESTRONG Cancer Survivorship Center of Excellence and the Susan G. Komen Support Research for Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Cancer Survivors.  Dr. Coscarelli actively teaches nurses, physicians and mental health providers in the psychology of cancer, survivorship issues, mind-body medicine, and compassionate end of life care. Dr. Coscarelli received the “Distinguished Service to the Profession of Psychology” award in 2007 from the Los Angeles County Psychological Association.

Selected Publications

Heinrich, R.L., & Schag, CC (1985).  Stress and activity management:  Group treatment for cancer patients and spouses.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1985; 53: 439-446.

Schag CAC, Ganz PA, Polinsky ML, Fred C, Hirji K, Petersen L. Characteristics of women at risk for psychosocial distress in the year after breast cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 1993; 11:783-793.

Schag CAC, Ganz PA, Wing, DS, Sim M.-S, Lee JJ. Quality of life in adult survivors of lung, colon and prostate cancer. Quality of Life Research.1994; 3:127-141.

Ganz PA, Coscarelli A, Fred C, Kahn B, Polinsky ML, Petersen L. Breast cancer survivors: psychosocial concerns and quality of life. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. 1996; 38:183-199.

Sarna, L, Grannis, F, Coscarelli, A Medical and psychosocial issues in lung cancer survivors. In (ed) Ganz, PA, Cancer Survivorship:  Today and Tomorrow, New York: Springer, 2007.

Note: Dr. Coscarelli published under the name of Schag, CAC up until 1995.

Contact Information

Anne Coscarelli, PhD

Simms/Mann –UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology
formerly Ted Mann Family Resource Center
Box 956934
Los Angeles, CA 90095-6934
On-campus mail: 200 Med Plaza Suite 502 693424
Tel: (310) 794-7678
Fax: (310) 794-9615
E-mail: acoscarelli@mednet.ucla.edu
Web: CancerResources.mednet.ucla.edu

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