Cancer, Cognition, Distress, Quality of Life, Creativity


Dr. Shapiro received her PhD in cognitive psychology from Temple University in 2002, and then completed a Department of Defense postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Abramson Cancer Center. She served as Research Assistant Professor at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where her research focused on cognitive outcomes of cancer and quality of life. Dr. Shapiro currently teaches Foundations of Cognitive PsychologyConducting Psychological Research, and Ethics and Ethical Conflicts in Psychological Science. 

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

  • Shapiro, P. J., & Weisberg, R. W. (1999). Creativity and bipolar diathesis: Common behavioural and cognitive components. Cognition and Emotion, 13, 741-762. doi:10.1080/026999399379069
  • Shapiro, P. J., & Weisberg, R. W. (2000). Positive affect and creativity: Symptom of psychopathology or component of creative process? Bulletin of Psychology and the Arts, 1, 58-61.
  • Shapiro, P. J., Coyne, J. C., Kruus, L. K., Palmer, S. C., Malkowicz, S. B., Vaughn, D. J. (2004). Interest in services among prostate cancer patients receiving androgen deprivation therapy. Psycho- Oncology, 13, 512-525. doi:10.1002/pon.769
  • Coyne, J. C., Palmer, S. C., Shapiro, P. J., & Thompson, R. (2004). Distress, psychiatric morbidity, and prescriptions for psychotropic medication in a breast cancer waiting room sample. General Hospital Psychiatry, 26, 121-128. doi:10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2003.08.012
  • Kenen, R. H., Shapiro, P. J., Friedman, S., & Coyne, J. C. (2007). Peer-support in coping with medical uncertainty: Discussion of prophylactic oophorectomy and hormone replacement therapy on a web-based message board. Psycho-Oncology, 16, 763-771. doi:10.1002/pon.1152
  • Lai, J., Butt, Z., Wagner, L., Sweet, J., Beaumont, L., Vardy, J., Jacobsen, P., Shapiro, P. J., Jacobs, S., Cella, D. (2009). Evaluating the dimensionality of perceived cognitive function: An illustration using the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy - Cognitive Function (FACT-Cog). Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 37, 982-95. doi:10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2008.07.012

Courses Taught

  • Foundations of Cognitive Psychology
  • Conducting Psychological Research
  • Capstone in Psychology: Creativity and Psychopathology
  • Ethics and Ethical Conflicts in Psychological Science
  • Professional Development