Current Research and Scholarly Interests
Dr. Gerry is a licensed Clinical Psychologist on the faculty of Stanford University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Gerry is an expert in behavioral medicine and psycho-oncology research and practice. She has 26 peer-reviewed manuscripts and two Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO merit award (2012 and 2013) related to her current work. As a prior National Institute of Mental Health research fellow at Stanford, Dr. Gerry focused her research on the role of sleep, stress, coping, and health in chronic illness. She is particularly interested in examining how sleep disturbance, psychosocial stress, circadian hormone functioning, and coping are related to mental health, immune function, and survival in individuals with cancer. Dr. Gerry is also interested in the role of physical activity and sleep disturbance in fatigue, as well as stress hormone and immune functioning. Additional areas of interest include the role of mindfulness, hypnosis, and relaxation as interventions to reduce pain and anxiety associated with medical procedures.
In addition to her active research program, she is also involved in clinical practice at Stanford and greatly enjoys teaching and mentoring students and trainees. Dr. Gerry’s theoretical orientation to clinical practice includes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. She enjoys working with adults who have anxiety, depressive, and sleep disorders. Dr. Gerry has specialized expertise in working with individuals coping with acute and chronic illnesses, and also with individuals interested in improving their health behaviors and maximizing overall well-being.