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Julie Schnur '03Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Oncological Sciences at Mount Sinai Medical Center

When Julie Schnur, ’03Ph.D. made the decision to attend St. John’s for her doctoral degree in clinical psychology, it was an easy one, “I researched a number of doctoral programs in clinical psychology, but St. John’s was my first choice for several reasons, mainly because of the program’s strong emphasis on students receiving extensive clinical experience and the proximity of its on-site Center for Psychological Services.”

Dr. Schnur currently works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences at Mount Sinai Medical Center and believes that the education she received from St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences gave her the skills necessary for her current position of improving the quality of life for individuals suffering from cancer and its treatment: “My favorite thing about being a student at St. John’s was the top-notch, in-depth clinical supervision I received. I currently conduct research on psychotherapeutic interventions for cancer patients. My clinical training has given me the skills I need to help women cope with the stressful and often frightening experience of cancer,” says Dr. Schnur.

Dr. Schnur’s training in both psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral approaches has directly contributed to her current grant from the National Cancer Institute: “The grant is designed to create methods of reducing side-effects and emotional distress in breast cancer radiotherapy patients, as well as improving therapist-patient relationship factors which help in mediating intervention effects.”

Dr. Schnur believes that the research based curriculum in the clinical psychology program aided in preparing her for the extensive research that she is now conducting, “All of the skills I learned at St. John’s are directly helpful now. My research training has given me the skills to rigorously study factors that contribute to the distress, as well as psychological interventions to help ameliorate that distress.”