Dianne Shumay works with cancer center patients, survivors and their loved ones to help with a wide range of short term and long term needs, such as stress management and coping, behavioral and mind body approaches for symptoms such as pain, fatigue and insomnia. She also works with patients on goal setting for finding meaning, purpose and good quality of life, issues around grief and bereavement, navigating the healthcare system, strategies for decision making and communicating with provider teams.
Shumay's current research involves the longitudinal study of emotional distress in cancer survivors and the designing and testing of cognitive, behavioral and mindfulness interventions to target the psychological and physical symptoms of cancer and cancer treatment. Shumay is a Health Sciences Clinical assistant professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and associate director of Psycho-Oncology at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer. Shumay received her M.A. from Stanford University and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She completed a pre-doctoral internship with an emphasis in medical health psychology at the University of Florida and a visiting traineeship at Manchester College, Oxford University, UK. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in palliative care and hospice at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System.