Tamara Somers

Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Tamara Somers
Tamara Somers


Tamara J. Somers, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist and Faculty Member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Somers conducts research developing, testing, and implementing behavioral interventions for pain and other symptoms in patients with chronic disease (e.g., cancer, arthritis). She is particularly interested in developing behavioral interventions that are personalized to the needs of individual patients and using innovative delivery methods (mobile health) to deliver the interventions. Grant awards from the NIH, American Cancer Society, and other funding agencies support her research. Dr. Somers also co-directs a clinical psychology training program at the Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) that trains graduate students, clinical psychology interns, and post-doctoral fellows in psychosocial and behavioral symptom management interventions. She is the Director of Research for the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program at DCI. Dr. Somers maintains a small clinical practice at the Duke Faculty Practice at Erwin Square. 


Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine

2019 School of Medicine

Member of the Duke Cancer Institute in the School of Medicine

2013 School of Medicine


Ph.D. 2007

2007 University of Pittsburgh

Publications, Grants & Awards

DCI Centers, Cancer Types & Labs

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