Karen Syrjala, PhD

Dr. Karen Syrjala PhD
faculty member

Karen Syrjala, PhD

Professor Emeritus
Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch

Professor Emeritus
Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch

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Dr. Karen Syrjala is a clinical psychologist who works to reduce the physical and emotional consequences of cancer. Her research focuses on defining the long-term complications of cancer treatment, including blood stem cell transplantation. She leads clinical trials to improve outcomes during and after cancer treatment. Those studies have focused on symptom management for pain, musculoskeletal symptoms, fatigue, emotional distress, insomnia and sexual function. Dr. Syrjala co-directed Fred Hutchinson’s Survivorship Program and directed the Biobehavioral Sciences Program, which studies ways to integrate behavioral and biological treatments to help patients adjust to the health, physical and psychological challenges they face after cancer therapy.

Other Appointments & Affiliations

Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University of Washington School of Medicine


Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Pain/Behavioral Medicine, 1985

PhD, Clinical Psychology, Boston University, 1983

MA, Clinical Psychology, Boston University, 1980

BA, Psychology and English, Wellesley College, 1973

Research Interests

Determining acute, long term and late complications of cancer treatment for hematopoietic cell transplantation and other cancer survivors, along with clinical trials to improve outcomes during and after cancer treatment.

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