Patty Moran, PhD

Research Specialist
Department of Medicine, UCSF


Patty Moran, PhD is Research Specialist in the Department of Medicine at UCSF. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Iowa in 2000, with a focus on health psychology. She completed an American Psychological Association-approved clinical internship with a Behavioral Medicine Specialization at the Palo Alto VA Hospital, and a post-doctoral fellowship in Psychology and Medicine at UCSF.

Dr. Moran’s research interests include mindfulness-based interventions for health conditions, psychological adjustment in chronic or serious illness, and coping at the end-of-life. She has been the Project Director for several NIH-funded studies, including two Center of Excellence in Research grants on mindfulness-based interventions for HIV and obesity, as well as a study examining care preferences and coping at the end-of-life in patients and caregivers with cancer and HIV. In addition, Dr. Moran mentors post-docs on clinical trial methods and the logistics of study implementation.

Dr. Moran is also a Clinical Psychologist in the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer, where she uses cognitive-behavioral, emotion-focused, and mindfulness-based approaches to help cancer patients and their family members cope with a wide array of concerns and symptoms related to cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

In collaboration with the UCSF Cancer Resource Center, Dr. Moran facilitates the General Cancer Support Group, a weekly, 90-minute group that is open to adults with all types and stages of cancer.


  1. Patterson, S., Moran, P., Epel, E., Sinclair, E., Kemeny, M.E., Deeks, S.G., Bacchetti, P., Acree, M.A., Epling, L., Kirschbaum, C., Hecht, F.M. (2013) Cortisol Patterns Are Associated with T Cell Activation in HIV. PLoS ONE 8(7): e63429. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0063429
  2. Rabkin, J.G., McElhiney, M., Moran, P., Acree, M., Folkman, S. (2009). Depression, Distress and Positive Mood in Late-Stage Cancer: A Longitudinal Study.  Psycho-Oncology, 18(1), 79-86.
  3. Moran, P.J., & Mohr, D.C. (2005). The validity of Beck Depression Inventory and Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression items in the assessment of depression among patients with multiple sclerosis.  Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 28, 35-41.
  4. Mohr, D.C., Moran, P.J., Kohn, C., Hart, S., Armstrong, K., Dias, R., Bergsland, E., & Folkman, S. (2003). Couples therapy at end-of-life. Psycho-Oncology, 12, 620-627.
  5. Funk, G.F., Karnell, L.H., Christensen, A.J., Moran, P.J., & Gliklich, R.E. (2003). Comprehensive head and neck oncology health status assessment. Head and Neck, 25, 561-575.
  6. Christensen, A.J., Moran, P.J., Wiebe, J.S., Ehlers, S., & Lawton, W.J. (2002) Effect of a behavioral self-regulation intervention on patient adherence in hemodialysis, Health Psychology, 21, 393-397.
  7. Moran, P.J., Christensen, A.J., Ehlers, S.L., & Bertolatus, J.A. (1999). Family environment, intrusive ideation and adjustment among renal transplant candidates. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 21, 311-316.
  8. Christensen, A.J., Moran, P.J., Ehlers, S.L., Burke, R.E., & Raichle, K. (1999). Smoking and drinking behavior in patients with head and neck cancer: Effects of behavioral self‑blame and perceived control. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 22, 407-418.
  9. Christensen, A.J., Edwards, D.L., Moran, P.J., Burke, R., Lounsbury, P., & Gordon, E.E.I. (1999). Cognitive distortion and functional impairment in patients undergoing cardiac rehabilitation. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 23, 159-168.
  10. Jalukar, V., Funk, G.F., Christensen, A.J., Karnell, L.H., & Moran, P.J. (1998). Health states following head and neck cancer treatment: Patient, health care professional, and public perspectives. Head and Neck, 20, 600-608.
  11. Moran, P.J., Christensen, A.J., & Lawton (1997). Social support and conscientiousness in hemodialysis adherence. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 19, 333‑338.
  12. Christensen, A.J., Moran, P.J., Lawton, W.J., Stallman, D. & Voights, A.L. (1997). Monitoring attentional style and medical regimen adherence in hemodialysis patients. Health Psychology, 16, 256‑262.
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