David Spiegel

The Dr David Spiegel PhD is Associate Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and  Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, with tenure., Stanford University School of Medicine. (1991 – present)

He has received numerous Honors and awards

  • Arthur M Sutherland Award for Lifetime Achievement, International Psycho-Oncology Society (2011)
  • Marmor Award for Advancement of the Biopsychosocial Model in Psychiatry, The American Psychological Association. (2004)
  • The Division 30 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Hypnosis., The American Psychological Association. (2003)
  • Ernest R. Hilgard Award for Scientific Excellence for 2002., The International Society of Hypnosis. (2003)
  • Distinguished Life Fellow,in recognition of significant contributions to Psychiatry., American Psychiatric Association. (2006)

Dr. Spiegel’s research interests involve stress and health: cognitive control over somatic functions, including cancer progression, the response to traumatic stress, and the perception of pain and anxiety. He is currently conducting a large scale study of the relationships among sleep disturbance, diurnal stress hormone patterns, and breast cancer survival, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. This work is based upon earlier evidence from his laboratory that loss of circadian variation in cortisol, indicative of HPA dysfunction, predicts early mortality with breast cancer.

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