Karen Hurley, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in hereditary cancer risk, and have counseled more than 400 individuals, families, and couples with a variety of cancer genetic syndromes. She accepts referrals for one-time consultations, brief supportive therapy, and long-term psychotherapy. Dr. Hurley also provides clinical supervision for mental health professionals and genetic counselors, conducts lectures, workshops and training, and consults on patient education materials and research proposals.
In 2014, Dr. Hurley received a "Spirit of Empowerment Award-Individual Commitment" from FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered).
Dr. Hurley frequently presents lectures, teleconferences and workshops to US and international audiences on psychosocial issues in hereditary cancer, including patient groups (FORCE, Bright Pink, Young Survivor Coalition), professional societies (International Psycho-Oncology Society, National Society of Genetic Counselors) and healthcare facilities (City of Hope, Fox Chase Cancer Ctr, Vermont Cancer Ctr).
Dr. Hurley’s national advisory board memberships include: FORCE, Bright Pink, Sharsheret, and the Cancer Support Community’s Breast & Gastric Cancer Registry Programs. Until recently, Dr. Hurley had adjunct faculty appointments at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and also at Teachers College-Columbia University, where she teaches in the MA program for Counseling & Clinical Psychology.
Dr. Hurley also consults for researchers based on her experience as an NCI-funded principal investigator, external grant reviewer (NCI, DOD, ACS) and graduate mentor. Her specialty areas in addition to hereditary cancer include: health behavior theory, instrument selection and interviewer training.
Dr. Hurley recently accepted a position at the Cleveland Clinic.