Heiðdís B Valdimarsdóttir, prófessor

Deild:Samfélagssvið / Sálfræðideild 


1989, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Ph.D., Psychology.

1981, University of Iceland, B.A., Psychology


Postdoctoral Training:

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Psychoimmunology, Department of Psychiatry, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY

Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychoimmunology, Department of Neurology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY


Academic Appointments:

2008-present, Professor, School of Health and Education

2008-present, Visiting Professor, University of Iceland

1998-present, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, Assistant Professor, Ruttenberg Cancer Center. 

1993-1998, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, Clinical Assistant Psychologist in Psychoimmunology, Department of Neurology.

1990-1991, School Clinical Psychologist, Reykjavik, Iceland

Hospital Appointments:

1993-1998, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, Clinical Assistant Psychologist, Psychiatry Service, Department of Neurology.

Kennsluferill í HR

2019-1E-708-TRAUÁföll og afleiðingar þeirra
2019-1E-604-BSC2BSc rannsóknarverkefni II
2019-1E-893-MSC3Rannsóknarverkefni III: Úrvinnsla gagna og greinarskrif
2018-3E-504-BSC1BSc rannsóknarverkefni I
2018-3E-892-MSC2Rannsóknarverkefni II: Framkvæmd og gagnaöflun
2018-3E-505-BFIMSálfélagslegir áhrifaþættir heilsu
2018-1E-808-TRAUÁföll og afleiðingar þeirra
2018-1E-604-BSC2BSc rannsóknarverkefni II
2018-1E-891-MSC1Rannsóknarverkefni I: Rannsóknaraðferðir og rannsóknarsnið
2018-1E-893-MSC3Rannsóknarverkefni III: Úrvinnsla gagna og greinarskrif
2017-3E-504-BSC1BSc rannsóknarverkefni I
2017-3E-892-MSC2Rannsóknarverkefni II: Framkvæmd og gagnaöflun
2017-3E-505-BFIMSálfélagslegir áhrifaþættir heilsu
2017-1E-808-TRAUÁföll og afleiðingar þeirra
2017-1E-604-BSC2BSc rannsóknarverkefni II
2017-1E-891-MSC1Rannsóknarverkefni I: Rannsóknaraðferðir og rannsóknarsnið
2017-1E-893-MSC3Rannsóknarverkefni III: Úrvinnsla gagna og greinarskrif

Kennsla utan HR

2000-, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. New York, NY, Graduate Course: Behavioral Medicine, Ruttenberg Cancer Center.

1998-, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. New York, NY, Postdoctoral Training, Cancer Prevention and Control, Ruttenberg Cancer Center.

1994-1998, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, Postdoctoral Training, Psychoimmunology, Department of Neurology.

1990-1992, University of Iceland, Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Psychology. Department of Psychology.

1990-, University of Iceland, Undergraduate Course: Health Psychology, Department of Psychology.


Recent and Current Grant Support:

The impact of Expressive Writing on Quality of Life among Prostate Cancer Survivors (Principal Investigator).  The Icelandic Research Foundation

Internet Decision Support for BRCA Mutation Carriers. The goal of this study is to disseminate an internet-based decision aid for women who have recently learned that they carry a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. National Cancer Institute R01 CA135179 7/1/09-6/30/14. Schwartz (PI), Valdimarsdottir (site PI).

Systematic light exposure to cancer related fatigue among bone marrow transplants. The goal of this study is to examining if bright white (BWL) light reduces fatigue among bone marrow transplant survivors who report clinically significant fatigue and explore if that is mediated by the effects of BWL in restoring circadian rhythms.  of  National Cancer Institute R01 1/11/2015- 1/11/2020. Redd PI Valdimarsdottir co-PI

Reducing cancer-related fatigue after radiotherapy: A randomized controlled trial of the effect of systematic bright white light exposure in reducing fatigue among long term breast cancer survivors. Danish Cancer Society. Zachiare (PI), Valdimarsdottir co-investigator

Developing and testing interactive decision-aid to assist newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients with the medical decisions. To goal of this study is to test the effectiveness of an interactive decision internet aid in assisting newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients with their treatment decisions.  RANNIS 2013-2016. PI Valdimarsdottir




Extramural Activities:

Editorial Board: Health Psychology
   Psychology and Health
   Annals of Behavioral Medicine

Consulting Editor: Advances in Mind-Body Medicine
   Annals of Behavioral Medicine
Anxiety Stress and Coping, An international Journal
Health Psychology
International Journal of Neuroscience
International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
   Journal of Applied Psychology
Journal of Behavioral Medicine
   Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology  
   Journal of Clinical Oncology
Journal of Psycho-Oncology
Psychology and Health
   Women and Health
Ad-Hoc Reviewer: National Institutes of Health: Ethics/Genome Study Section

Reviewer:  American Cancer Society: Cancer Control and Prevention: Psychosocial and Behavioral Research Committee

Scientific Societies: 

American Psychosomatic Society
American Psychological Association
International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology
Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society
Society of Behavioral Medicine



Stone A, Cox D, Valdimarsdottir HB, Neale J. (1987) Secretory IgA as a measure of immunocompetence. Journal of Human Stress. 13:136-140.

Stone A, Cox J, Valdimarsdottir H, Jandorf L, Neale J. (1987) Evidence that secretory IgA is associated with daily mood. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 52:988-993.

Neale J, Cox D, Valdimarsdottir HB, Stone A. (1988) The relation between immunity and health. Comment on Pennebaker, Kiecolt-Glaser, and Glaser. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.  56:636-637.

Stone A A, Schwartz JE, Valdimarsdottir HB, Napoli A, Neale JM, Cox DS. (1991) An alternative statistical treatment for summarizing the central tendency of replicate assay data.  Journal of Immunological Methods. 136:111-117.

Stone A A, Bovbjerg D, Gwaltney J, Napol A, Valdimarsdottir HB, Cox D, Hayden F, Neale JM.  (1992)  Development of common cold symptoms following experimental rhinovirus infection is related to prior stressful events.  Behavioral Medicine. 18:115-120.

Stone A, Valdimarsdottir HB, Burns J, Katkin E, Cox D, Lee S, Fine J, Ingle D, Bovbjerg D.  (1993)  Effects of Mental Stressors on Mitogen-induced Lymphocyte Responses in the Laboratory.  Psychology and Health. 8:269-284.

Glass D, McKnight JD, Valdimarsdottir HB.  (1993) Depression and burnout in university hospital nurses.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.  6:147-155.

Bovbjerg DH, Valdimarsdottir HB.  (1993)  Familial occurrence of cancer, psychological distress, and natural cytotoxic activity in healthy women.  Annals of Oncology. 4:745-752.

Valdimarsdottir HB. (1993) What is mental illness?  Handbook of Psychology. (Idunn: Reykjavik, Iceland).

Stone AA, Neale J, Cox D, Napoli A, Valdimarsdottir HB, Kennedy-Moore E. (1994) Daily events are associated with a secretory immune response to an oral antigen in men.  Health Psychology. 13:440-446.

Valdimarsdottir HB, Bovbjerg DH, Kash KM, Holland JC, Osborne MP, Miller DG. (1995)   Psychological distress in women with a familial risk of breast cancer.  Psycho-Oncology.  4:133-141

Valdimarsdottir HB, Bovbjerg DH. (1997) Positive and negative mood: Association with natural killer cell activity.  Psychology & Health.  12:319-327

Jacobsen PB, Valdimarsdottir HB, Brown KL, Offit K. (1997) Decision-making about genetic testing among women at familial risk for breast cancer. Psychosomatic Medicine. 59: 459-466.

Valdimarsdottir HB, Stone AA. (1997) Psychological factors and the secretory immune system.  Critical Reviews in Oral Biology Medicine. 8:461-474.

Zakowski SG, Valdimarsdottir HB, Bovbjerg DH, Borgen P, Kash K, Miller D, Mitnick J, Osborne M, VanZee K, Holland J. (1997) Predictors of intrusive thoughts and avoidance in women with family histories of breast cancer. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.  19, 362-370.

Valdimarsdottir HB, Bovbjerg DH.  (1997) Positive and negative mood: Association with natural killer cell activity.  Psychology & Health. 12:319-327.

Valdimarsdottir HB, Bovbjerg DH, Brown K, Jacobsen P, Schwartz M, Bleiker E, Offit K. (1999) Cancer-specific distress is related to women´s decision to undergo BRCA1 testing.  Cancer Research Therapy & Control. 8:61-68.

DiLorenzo TA, Bovbjerg DH, Montgomery G, Valdimarsdottir HB, Jacobsen PB. (1999) An evaluation of the reliability and generalizability of a shortened version of the profile of mood states.  British Journal of Health Psychology. 4:315-325.

Erblich J, Bovbjerg DH, Valdimarsdottir HB.  (2000) Looking Forward and Back:  Distress Among Women at Familial Risk of Breast Cancer.  Annals of Behavioral Medicine.  2:108-115.

Erblich J, Bovbjerg DH, Valdimarsdottir HB. (2000) Psychological distress, health beliefs, and frequency of breast self-examination.  Journal of Behavioral Medicine.  23:277-293.

Arnadottir G, Johnson F, Sigurdardottir V, Valdimarsdottir HB. (2000) Attitute towards BRCA1/2 testing among Icelandic women.   The Icelandic Medical Journal.  2:771-777.

Erblich J, Bovbjerg DH, Norman C, Valdimarsdottir HB, Montgomery GH. (2000) It won’t happen to me: lower perception of heart disease risk among women with family histories of breast cancer.  Preventive Medicine. 31:714-21.

Arnadottir G, Sigurethardottir V, Jonsson FH, Valdimarsdottir HB. (2000) Interest in breast cancer genetic testing among Icelandic women. The Icelandic Medical Journal.   86(11):771-777.

Zakowski SG, Valdimarsdottir HB, Bovbjerg, DH. (2001) Emotional expressivity and intrusive thoughts in women with family histories of breast cancer: Application of a cognitive processing model. British Journal of Health Psychology.  6(2):151-165.

Valdimarsdottir HB, Zakowski SG, Gerin W, Mamakos J, Pickering T,  Bovbjerg DH. (2002) Heightened psychobiological reactivity to laboratory stressors in healthy women at familial risk for breast cancer. Journal of Behavioral Medicine.  25(1):51-65.

Batra S, Valdimarsdottir HB, McGovern M, Itzkowitz S, Brown K. (2002) Awareness of genetic testing for colorectal cancer predisposition among specialists in gastroenterology American Journal of Gastroenterology.  97:729-733.

Thompson HS, Valdimarsdottir HB, Guevarra J, Duteau‑Buck C, Bovbjerg DH, Richmond‑Avellaneda C, Amarel D, Godfrey D, brown K, & Offit K. (2002) Psychosocial predictors of BRCA counseling and testing decisions among urban African American women. Cancer Epidemiology and Biomarkers Prevention.  11:1579-1585.

Kaufman EM, Peshkin BN, Lawrence W, Shelby R, Isaacs C, Brown K, Rispoli J, O’Neill S, Hurley K, DeMarco T, Brogan B, Grumet S, Jandorf L, Valdimarsdottir HB, Schwartz MD. (2003) An Interactive Decision Aid for risk management making in female BRCA1/2 Carriers. Journal of Genetic Counseling. 12:101-129

Gold SM, Zakowski SG, Valdimarsdottir HB, Bovbjerg DH. (2003) Stronger endocrine responses after brief psychological stress in women at familial risk of breast cancer. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 28:584-593.

Schilz C, Riddle M. Valdimarsdottir HB, Abramson D, & Sklar C.  (2003) Impact of informing participants of study results on risk of second cancers in survivors of retinoblastoma. Medical Paediatric Oncology. 41:36-43.

Erblich J, Montgomery GH, Valdimarsdottir HB, Cloitre M, Bovbjerg DH. (2003) Biased cognitive processing of cancer- related information among women with family histories of breast cancer: Evidence from a cancer Stroop task.  Health Psychology. 3:237-244.

Kwate, NOA, Valdimarsdottir HB, Guevarra JS, Bovbjerg, DH. (2003) Experiences of racist events have negative health consequences for African American women. National Medical Association. 95:450-460.

Kim Y, Valdimarsdottir HB, Bovbjerg DH. (2003) Family histories of breast cancer, coping styles, and psychological adjustment.  Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 26(3): 225-243.

Thompson HS, Valdimarsdottir HB, Jandorf L, Redd W. (2003) Perceived disadvantages and concerns about abuses of genetic testing for cancer risk: differences across African American, Latina and Caucasian women. Patient Education and Counseling. 51: 217-227.

Thompson HS, Valdimarsdottir HB, Winkel GH, Jandorf L, Redd W. (2004) The Group-Based Medical Mistrust Scale: Psychometric properties and association with breast cancer screening.  Preventive Medicine. 38: 209-218.

Schnur JB, Valdimarsdottir HB, Montgomery G, Nevid JS, Bovbjerg DH. (2004) Social constraints and distress among women at familial risk for breast cancer. Ann Behav Med.  28(2): 142-148.

Thompson H, Wahl E, Fatone A, Brown K, Kwate N, Valdimarsdottir HB. (2004) Enhancing the readability of materials describing genetic risk for breast cancer. Cancer Control. 11(4): 245-253.

Erblich J, Brown K, Kim Y, Valdimarsdottir HB, Livingston BE, Bovbjerg DH. (2005)  Development and validation of a breast cancer genetic counseling knowledge questionnaire. Patient Educ Couns.  56(2): 182-191.

James GD, Berge-Landry Hv H, Valdimarsdottir HB, Montgomery GH, Bovbjerg DH.  (2004) Urinary catecholamine levels in daily life are elevated in women at familial risk of breast cancer. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 29(7): 831-838.

Gold M, Zakowski S, Valdimarsdottir HB, Bovbjerg DH.  (2004) Higher Beck depression scores predict delayed epinephrine recovery after acute psychological stress independent of baseline levels of stress and mood. Biol Psychol 67(3): 261-273.

Kim Y, DuHamel K, Valdimarsdottir HB, Bovbjerg DH.  (2005) Psychological distress among healthy women with family histories of breast cancer:  effects of recent life events.  Psychooncology.  14(7): 555-563.

Gennarelli M, Jandorf L, Cromwell C, Valdimarsdottir HB, Redd W, Itzkowitz S. (2005) Barriers to colorectal cancer screening: Inadequate knowledge by physicians. Mt Sinai J Med. 72(1): 36-44.

Dettenborn L, James GD, van Berge-Landry H, Valdimarsdottir HB, Montgomery GH, Bovbjerg DH. (2005) Heightened cortisol responses to daily stress in working women at familial risk for breast cancer. Biol Psychol. 69(2): 167-179.

Kwate NA, Thompson HS, Valdimarsdottir HB, Bovbjerg DH. (2005) Brief report: etiological attributions for breast cancer among healthy African American and European American women. Psychooncology. 14(5): 421-425.

Guevarra JS, Kwate NA, Tang TS, Valdimarsdottir HB, Freeman HP, Bovbjerg DH. (2005) Acculturation and its relationship to smoking and breast self-examination frequency in African American women. J Behav Med. 28(2): 191-199.

Madalinska J,Hollenstein J, Bleiker E, van Beurden  M, Valdimarsdottir HB, Massuger L, Gaarenstroom K, Mourits M,  Verheijen RH, van Dorst EB, van der Putten H, van der Velden K, Boonstra H, Aaronson N.  (2005) Quality-of-life effects of prophylactic salpingo-oophorectomy versus gynecologic screening among women at increased risk of hereditary ovarian cancer. J Clin Oncol. 23(28): 6890-6898.

Schwartz MD, Peshkin BN, Tercyak KP, Taylor KL, Valdimarsdottir H. (2005) Decision making and decision support for hereditary breast-ovarian cancer susceptibility.  Health Psychol. 24(4suppl): S78-84.

Dettenborn L, James GD, Valdimarsdottir HB, Montgomery G, Bovbjerg D.  Breast cancer-specific intrusions are associated with increased cortisol responses to daily life stressors in healthy women without personal or family histories of breast cancer. (2006) J Behav Med 29(5): 477-485.

O’Neill S, DeMarco T,  Peshkin BN, Rogers S, Rispoli J, Brown K, Valdimarsdottir H, Schwartz MD. Tolerance for uncertainty and perceived risk among women receiving uninformative BRCA1/2 test results. (2006) Am J Med Genet C Semin Med Genet. 142C(4): 251-259.

Madalinska JB,  Beurden M, Bleiker E, Valdimarsdottir HB, Hollenstein J, Massuger, Aaronson NK. (2006) The impact of hormone replacement therapy on menopausal symptoms in younger high-risk women after prophylactic salpingo-oophorectomy.  J Clin Oncol. 24(22):3576-3582.

Shakhar K Valdimarsdottir HB, Guevarra JS, Bovbjerg DH. (2007) Sleep, fatigue, and NK cell activity in healthy volunteers: Significant relationships revealed by within subject analyses. Brain Behav Immun. 21(2):180-184.

Wright CE, Erblich J, Valdimarsdottir HB, Bovbjerg DH. (2007) Poor sleep the night before an experimental stressor predicts reduced NK cell mobilization and slowed recovery in healthy women. Brain Behav Immun. 21(3): 358-363.

Wright CE, Valdimarsdottir HB, Erblich J, Bovbjerg DH. (2007) Poor sleep the night before an experimental stress task is associated with reduced cortisol reactivity in healthy women. Biol Psychol. 74(3):319-27.

Tercyak KP, Peshkin BN, DeMarco TA, Patenaude AF, Schneider KA, Garber JE, Valdimarsdottir HB, Schwartz MD. (2007) Information needs of mothers regarding communicating BRCA1/2 cancer genetic test results to their children. Genet Test. 11(3): 249-255.

Rini C, Jandorf L, Valdimarsdottir H, Brown K, Itzkowitz SH. (2008) Distress among inflammatory bowel disease patients at high risk for colorectal cancer: a preliminary investigation of the effects of family history of cancer, disease duration, and perceived social support. Psychooncology. 17(4): 354-362.

Edwards TA, Thompson HB,  Kwate NO, Brown K, McGovern MM, Forman A, Kapil-Pair N, Jandorf L, Bovbjerg DH, Valdimarsdottir HB. (2008) Association between temporal orientation and attitudes about BRCA1/2 testing among women of African descent with family histories of breast cancer patient education and counseling. Patient Educ Couns.  72(2): 276–282.

Peshkin BN, DeMarco TA, Graves KD,  Brown K,  Nusbaum RH, Moglia D,  Forman A,  Valdimarsdottir H, Schwartz MD. (2008) Telephone genetic counseling for high-risk women undergoing BRCA1 and BRCA2 testing: rationale and development of a randomized controlled trial. Genet Test. 12(1): 37-52.

O’Neill S, Kaufman E, DeMarco T, Peshkin BN, McKenna K, Shelby R, Rispoli J, Valdimarsdottir HB, Schwartz MD. (2008) Physical activity and dietary changes following genetic testing. J Psychosoc Oncol. 26: 63-80.

Peshkin BN, DeMarco TA, Garber JE, Valdimarsdottir HB, Patenaude AF, Schneider KA, Schwartz MD, Tercyak KP. (2009) Brief assessment of parents’ attitudes toward testing minor children for hereditary breast/ovarian cancer susceptibility genes:  development and validation of the Pediatric BRCA1/2 Testing Attitudes Scale (P-TAS).  J Pediatr Psychol. Jul; 34(6): 627-38. Epub 2008 Apr 1.

Sussner KM, Thompson HS, Valdimarsdottir HB, Redd WH, Jandorf L. (2009) Acculturation and familiarity with, attitudes towards and beliefs about genetic testing for cancer risk within Latinas in East Harlem, New York City. J Genet Couns. Feb;18(1):60-71. Epub 2008 Aug 7.

Schwartz MD, Valdimarsdottir HB, DeMarco TA, Peshkin BN. (2009) Randomized trial of a decision aid for BRCA1/BRCA2 mutation carriers: impact on measures of decision making and satisfaction. Health Psychol. 28: 11-19.

Beehler GP, Baker JA, Falkner K, Chegerova T, Pryshchepava A, Chegerov V, Zevon M, Bromet E, Havenaar J, Valdimarsdottir HB, Moysich KB. (2008) A multilevel analysis of long-term psychological distress among Belarusians affected by the Chernobyl disaster. Public Health. Nov; 122(11):1239-49. Epub 2008 Jul 10

O’Neill, S.C, Rini, C., Goldsmith, R., Valdimarsdottir, H., Cohen, L.H., Schwartz, M.D. (2009) Distress Outcomes among Women Receiving Uninformative BRCA1/2 Results: 12-month outcomes.  Psychooncology. Oct; 18(10): 1088-96.

Rini C, O’Neill S, Valdimarsdottir, H, Goldsmith, R, DeMarco, Peshkin, M.S, Schwartz M.D.  Cognitive and Emotional Factors Predicting Decisional Conflict among High-Risk Breast Cancer Survivors Who Receive Uninformative BRCA1/2 Results.  Health Psychology Health Psychology. 2010 Sep;28(5):569-78.

Tiffani A. DeMarco, Rachel H. Nusbaum, Beth N. Peshkin, Andrea F. Patenaude, Katherine A. Schneider, Judy E. Garber, Heiddis B. Valdimarsdottir. Prevalence and correlates of mothers and fathers attending pretest cancer genetic counseling together. Patient Education and Counseling. 78 (2010) 29–33.

Hooker GW, Leventhal KG, Demarco T, Peshkin BN, Finch C, Wahl E, Joines JR, Brown K, Valdimarsdottir H, Schwartz MD. Longitudinal Changes in Patient Distress following Interactive Decision Aid Use among BRCA1/2 Carriers: A Randomized Trial. Med Decis Making. 2010 Sep 27.

 Sussner KM, Jandorf L, Thompson HS, Valdimarsdottir HB. Interest and Beliefs About BRCA Genetic Counseling Among At-Risk Latinas in New York City: Development of A Culturally-Tailored Narrative Educational Tool. Journal of Genetic Counseling. Accepted January 2010. Expected June 2010.

Goldsmith RE, Jandorf L, Valdimarsdottir H, Amend KL, Stoudt BG, Rini C, Hershman D, Neugut A, Reilly JJ, Tartter PI, Feldman SM, Ambrosone CB, Bovbjerg DH. Traumatic stress symptoms and breast cancer: the role of childhood abuse. Child Abuse Negl. 2010 Jun;34(6):465-70. Epub 2010 Apr 18.

O´Neill SC, Valdimarsdottir HB, Demarco TA, Peshkin BN, Graves KD, Brown K, Hurley KE, Isaacs C, Hecker S, Schwartz MD. BRCA1/2 test results impact risk management attitudes, intentions, and uptake. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2010 Apr 10.

Davis SN, Diefenbach MA, Valdimarsdottir H. Pros and cons ofassociations with screening knowledge and attitudes among urban African American men. J Natl Med Assoc. 2010 Mar;102(3):174-82

Shelton RC, Winkel G, Davis SN, Roberts N, Valdimarsdottir H . Validation of the group-based medical mistrust scale among urban black men. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Jun;25(6):549-55. Epub 2010 Mar 2.

Agustsdottir S, Kristinsdottir A, Jonsdottir K, Larusdottir SO, Smari J, Valdimarsdottir HB. The impact of dispositional emotional expressivity and social constraints on distress among prostate cancer patients in Iceland. Br J Health Psychol. 2010 Feb;15(Pt 1):51-61. Epub 2009 Apr 1.

Demarco TA, Nusbaum RH, Peshkin BN, Patenaude AF, Schneider KA, Garber JE, Valdimarsdottir HB.  Prevalence and correlates of mothers and fathers attending pretest cancer genetic counseling together. Patient Educ Couns. 2010 Jan;78(1):29-33. Epub 2010 Jul

Sussner KM, Jandorf L, Valdimarsdottir HB. Educational needs about cancer family history and genetic counseling for cancer risk among frontline healthcare clinicians in New York city. Genet Med. 2011 May 6.

Fang F, Fall K, Sparén P, Adami HO, Valdimarsdóttir HB, Lambe M, Valdimarsdóttir U. Risk of infection-related cancers after the loss of a child: a follow-up study in Sweden. Cancer Res. 2011 Jan 1;71(1):116-22. E

Graves KD, Gatammah R, Peshkin BN, Krieger A, Gell C, Valdimarsdottir HB,. BRCA1/2 genetic testing uptake and psychosocial outcomes in men. Fam Cancer. 2011 Jun;10(2):213-23.

Wevers MR, Ausems MG, Verhoef S, Bleiker EM, Hahn DE, Hogervorst FB, van der Luijt RB, Valdimarsdottir HB, van Hillegersberg R, Rutgers EJ, Aaronson NK. Behavioral and psychosocial effects of rapid genetic counseling and testing in newly diagnosed breast cancer patients: design of a multicenter randomized clinical trial. BMC Cancer. 2011 Jan 10;11:6.

Wu LM, Austin J, Hamilton JG, Valdimarsdottir H, Isola L, Rowley S, Warbet R, Winkel G, Redd WH, Rini C. Self-efficacy beliefs mediate the relationship between subjective cognitive functioning and physical and mental well-being after hematopoietic stem cell transplant. Psychooncology. 2011 Jul 8. doi: 10.1002/pon.2012. [Epub ahead of print]

Sharff ME, DeMarco TA, Mays D, Peshkin BN, Valdimarsdottir HB, Garber JE, Schneider KA, Patenaude AF, Tercyak KP. Parenting through genetic uncertainty: themes in the disclosure of breast cancer risk information to children (2012) Genet Test Mol Biomarkers. Genet Test Mol Biomarkers. 2012 May;16(5):376-82.

Yael R. Cukier, Hayley S. Thompson, Katarina Sussner, Andrea Forman, Lina Jandorf, Tiffany Edwards, Dana H. Bovbjerg, Marc D. Schwartz and Heiddis B. Valdimarsdottir (2012) Factors Associated with Psychological Distress among Women of African Descent at High Risk for BRCA Mutations Journal of Genetic Counseling, Online First™, 27 June 2012

Mosher CE, Lepore SJ, Wu L, Austin J, Valdimarsdottir H. (2012) Social Correlates of Distress Following Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: Exploring the Role of Loneliness and Cognitive Processing. J Health Psychol. 2012 Jan 17.

Sussner KM, Jandorf L, Valdimarsdottir HB. (2012) Education needs about cancer family history and genetic counseling for cancer risk among frontline healthcare clinicians in New York City. Genetics in Medicine Sep;13(9):785-93.

Sussner KM, Jandorf L, Thompson HS, and Valdimarsdottir HB (2012). Barriers and facilitators to BRCA genetic counseling among at-risk Latinas in New York City. Psycho-Oncology  Sept 16.

Thompson HS, Sussner KM, Schwartz M, Edwards TA, Forman A, Jandorf L, Brown K, Bovbjerg DH, and Valdimarsdottir HB. (2012). Receipt of genetic counseling recommendation among Black women at high risk for BRCA mutations. Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers (11)1257-1262.

King L, O´Neill SC, Spellman E, Peshkin BN, Valdimarsdottir H, Willey S, Leventhal KG, Demarco T, Nusbaum R, Feldman E, Jandorf L, Schwartz MD. Intentions for bilateral mastectomy among newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. J Surg Oncol. 2012 Dec 27. doi: 10.1002/jso.23307.

Cukier, Y. R., Thompson, H. S., Sussner, K., Forman, A., Jandorf, L., Edwards, T., Bovbjerg, D. H., Schwartz, M. D., & Valdimarsdottir, H. B. (2013). Factors associated with psychological distress among women of African descent at high risk for BRCA mutations. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 22(1):101-7. doi: 10.1007/s10897-012-9510-1. PMID: 22736212

Farkas Patenaude, A., DeMarco, T. A , Peshkin, B. N., Valdimarsdottir, H., Garber, J. E., Schneider, K. A., Hewitt, L., Hamilton, J., & Tercyak, K. P. (2013). Talking to children about maternal BRCA1/2 genetic test results: a qualitative study of parental perceptions and advice. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 22(3), 303-314.

Hamilton, J. G., Wu, L. M., Austin, J. E., Valdimarsdottir, H., Basmajian, K., Vu, A., Rowley, S. D., Isola, L., Redd, W. H., & Rini, C. (2013). Economic survivorship stress is associated with poor health-related quality of life among distressed survivors of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Psycho-Oncology, 22(4), 911-921. doi: 10.1002/pon.3091.

Jandorf, L., Cooperman, J. L., Stossel, L. M., Itzkowitz, S., Thompson, H. S., Villagra, C., Thélémaque, L. D., McGinn, T., Winkel, G., Valdimarsdottir, H., Shelton, R. C., & Redd, W. (2013). Implementation of culturally targeted patient navigation system for screening colonoscopy in a direct referral system. Health Education Research, 28(5), 803-15.

King, L., O´Neill, S. C., Spellman, E., Peshkin, B. N., Valdimarsdottir, H., Willey, S., Leventhal, K. G., DeMarco, T., Nusbaum, R., Feldman, E., Jandorf, L., & Schwartz, M. D. (2013). Intentions for bilateral mastectomy among newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Journal of Surgical Oncology, 107(7):772-6.

Sussner, K. M., Jandorf, L., Thompson, H. S., & Valdimarsdottir, H. B. (2013). Barriers and facilitators to  BRCA genetic counseling among at-risk Latinas in New York City. Psycho-Oncology, 22(7), 1594-1604.

Tercyak, K. P., Mays, D., DeMarco, T. A., Peshkin, B. N., Valdimarsdottir, H. B., Schneider, K. A., Garber, J. E., & Patenaude, A. F. (2013). Decisional outcomes of maternal disclosure of BRCA1/2 genetic test results to children. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 22(7)

Thorsteinsdottir, T., Hedelin, M., Stranne, J., Valdimarsdóttir, H., Wilderäng, U., Haglind, E., & Steineck, G. (2013). Intrusive thoughts and quality of life among men with prostate cancer before and three months after surgery. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 11(1), 154.

Jensen-Johansen MB, Christensen S, Valdimarsdottir H, Zakowski S, Jensen AB, Bovbjerg DH, Zachariae R (2013) Effects of an expressive writing intervention on cancer-related distress in Danish breast cancer survivors - results from a nationwide randomized clinical trial. Psychooncolgy, 22(7)

Patenaude A, DeMacro TA, Valdimarsdottir H, (2013) Talking to Young Children about Maternal BRCA1/2 Genetic Test Results: A Qualitative Study of Parental Perceptions and Advice. Patient  Education and Counseling, 22(3) 303-314.

Rini C, Austin J, Wu LM, Winkel G, Valdimarsdottir H (2013). Harnessing Benefits of Helping Others: A Randomized Controlled Trial Testing Expressive Helping to Address Survivorship Problems After Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant. Health Psychol. 2013 Nov 25. [Epub ahead of print]

MD. Schwartz, HB Valdimarsdottir, BN. Peshkin,  JMandelblatt, R. Nusbaum et al.  (2014). Randomized Trial of Telephone versus In-Person Genetic Counseling for Hereditary Breast-Ovarian Cancer.   Journal of Clinical Oncology, 32(7):618-26. Epub 2014 Jan 21.

Miller, S. J., Iztkowitz, S. H., Redd, W. H., Thompson, H. S., Valdimarsdottir, H. B., & Jandorf, L. (2014). Colonoscopy-specific fears in African Americans and Hispanics. Behav.Med..

Redd, W. H., Valdimarsdottir, H., Wu, L. M., Winkel, G., Byrne, E. E., Beltre, M. A., Liebman, E. S., Erazo, T., Hayes, J. A., Isola, L., Scigliano, E., Meschian, Y., Lutgendorf, S., & ncoli-Israel, S. (2014). Systematic light exposure in the treatment of cancer-related fatigue: a preliminary study. Psychooncology..

Schwartz, M. D., Valdimarsdottir, H. B., Peshkin, B. N., Mandelblatt, J., Nusbaum, R., Huang, A. T., Chang, Y., Graves, K., Isaacs, C., Wood, M., McKinnon, W., Garber, J., McCormick, S., Kinney, A. Y., Luta, G., Kelleher, S., Leventhal, K. G., Vegella, P., Tong, A., & King, L. (2014). Randomized noninferiority trial of telephone versus in-person genetic counseling for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. J.Clin.Oncol., 32, 618-626.

Sussner, K. M., Edwards, T., Villagra, C., Rodriguez, M. C., Thompson, H. S., Jandorf, L., & Valdimarsdottir, H. B. (2014). BRCA Genetic Counseling Among At-Risk Latinas in New York City: New Beliefs Shape New Generation. J.Genet.Couns..

Wevers, M. R., Aaronson, N. K., Verhoef, S., Bleiker, E. M., Hahn, D. E., Kuenen, M. A., van, d. S.-M., Brouwer, T., Hogervorst, F. B., van der Luijt, R. B., Valdimarsdottir, H. B., (2014). Impact of rapid genetic counselling and testing on the decision to undergo immediate or delayed prophylactic mastectomy in newly diagnosed breast cancer patients: findings from a randomised controlled trial. Br.J.Cancer, 110, 1081-1087.

Wu, L., Austin, J., Valdimarsdottir H, Isola, L., Rowley, S. D., Diefenback, M., Cammarata, M., Redd, W., & Rini, C. (2014). Cross-sectional study of patient-reported neurobehavioral problems following hematopoietic stem cell transplant and health-related quality of life. Psychooncology.

Butrick, M., Kelly, S., Peshkin, B. N., Luta, G., Nusbaum, R., Hooker, G. W., … Schwartz, M. D. (2015). Disparities in uptake of BRCA1/2 genetic testing in a randomized trial of telephone counseling. Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics, 17(6), 467–475.

Miller, S. J., Iztkowitz, S. H., Redd, W. H., Thompson, H. S., Valdimarsdottir, H. B., & Jandorf, L. (2015). Colonoscopy-specific fears in African Americans and Hispanics. Behavioral Medicine (Washington, D.C.), 41(2), 41–48.

Rini, C., Emmerling, D., Austin, J., Wu, L. M., Valdimarsdottir, H., Redd, W. H., … Warbet, R. (2015). The effectiveness of caregiver social support is associated with cancer survivors’ memories of stem cell transplantation: A linguistic analysis of survivor narratives. Palliative & Supportive Care, 1–10.

Tong, A., Kelly, S., Nusbaum, R., Graves, K., Peshkin, B. N., Valdimarsdottir, H. B., … Schwartz, M. D. (2015). Intentions for risk-reducing surgery among high-risk women referred for BRCA1/BRCA2 genetic counseling. Psycho-Oncology, 24(1), 33–39.

Wevers, M. R., Ausems, M. G. E. M., Verhoef, S., Bleiker, E. M. A., Hahn, D. E. E., Brouwer, T., … Aaronson, N. K. (2015). Does rapid genetic counseling and testing in newly diagnosed breast cancer patients cause additional psychosocial distress? results from a randomized clinical trial. Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics.

BN Peshkin, S Kelly , H  Nusbaum, M Similuk,  T DeMarco,  HB. Valdimarsdottir, AD Forman,  J Rispoli , C  Davis,  SR McCormick,  W McKinno,  KD Graves,  C Isaacs.  J Garber,  M Wood, L Jandorf,  M Schwartz (in Press). Patient Perceptions of Telephone vs. In-Person BRCA1/BRCA2 Genetic Counselling

RA. Campo, LM Wu,  J Austin, H Valdimarsdottir (under review). Personal Resilience Resources in cancer survivors and emotional adjustment 

B. Baldursdaottir,  A. Ktrettek , R. Taehtinen, Valdimarsdottir, Physical activity and sleep quality (under review) Global Health Promotion

TJ Williamson, AL. Stanton, HB. Valdimarsdottir, LM Wu, JL. Krull, CM Rin. (Under editorial review). Helping yourself by offering help: Mediators of expressive helping in survivors of hematopoietic stem cell transplant.  Health Psychology





International Collaboration

The Netherlands:  Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital.

The impact of prophylactic oophorectomy in women from hereditary breast/ovarian cancer families on psychosocial health and symptom experience.  Grant awarded by the Dutch Cancer Society (PI. Dr. Neil Aaronson, Psychosocial Research and Epidemiology).

Long-term psychosocial impact of genetic testing among familial adenomatous polyposis (FAB) families Grant awarded by the Dutch Cancer Society (PI- Dr. Eveline Bleiker).

Iceland:  University of Iceland.  

The effects of emotional Psychosocial predictors of mammogram adherence: A longitudinal population based study.  Grant supported by the Icelandic Cancer Society and The Icelandic Scientific Association (PI: Arnadottir).

Effects of emotional expressive intervention on Treatment decision and quality of life among Icelandic and Swedish prostate cancer patients (PI: Dr.  Valdimarsdottir and Sjofn Agustsdottir).

Sweden:  Karolinska Institute and University of Goteborg

Collaborating on the study examining the effects of emotional expressive intervention on treatment decision and quality of life among Icelandic and Swedish prostate cancer patients Collaborators: Gunnar Steineck, Thordis Thorsteinsdottir, Unnur Valdimarsdottir et al.

Denmark: Aarhus University Hospital: Psychooncology Research Unit.

Effects of expressive writing on quality of life and prognosis of primary breast cancer – a population based controlled randomized trial. Grant  supported by the Danish cancer Society (PI. Dr. Robert Zachariae).