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Sunita Patel

Sunita Patel, Ph.D.

Clinical Expertise
  • Neuropsychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Behavioral Medicine
Research Focus
  • Risk and protective factors of neurocognitive and behavioral outcomes in cancer patients
  • Inflammatory biomarkers of neurobehavioral functioning
  • Interventions to improve cancer-related neurocognitive late effects
  • Validation of psychosocial and neurocognitive screening tools
  • Parent and family functioning in childhood cancer
Associate Clinical Professor, Departments of Population Sciences and Supportive Care Medicine

Clinical Teams

  • Supportive Care Medicine

Research Teams

Sunita Patel, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist whose research focuses on the risk and protective factors of cancer-related neurocognitive morbidities. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, and California Breast Cancer Research Program. She has conducted interdisciplinary projects to identify inflammatory biomarkers of cognitive dysfunction in adult-onset cancer patients, examined functional outcomes into long-term survivorship, and evaluated interventions to improve HRQOL in children with cancer. She has collaborated on funded multi-center studies focused on web-based caregiver interventions, neurocognitive late effects and neuroimaging correlates of treatment-associated cognition.


City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1500 East Duarte Road

Duarte, CA 91010

Patel, S.K. , Meier, A., Fernandez, N., Lo, T.Y., Moore, C., Delgado, N. Convergent and criterion validity of CogState computerized brief battery cognitive assessment in women with and without breast cancer. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 2017 Jan 12:1-12 [Epub ahead of print]
Mortimer, J., Waliany, S., Dieli-Conwright, C., Patel, S.K., Hurria, A., Chao, J., Tiep, B., and Behrendt, C.  Objective measures of physical and mental fatigue in women undergoing (neo) adjuvant therapy for early stage breast cancer. Cancer, 2017, Jan 6 [Epub ahead of print]
Vuotto SC, Krull KR, Li C, Oeffinger KC, Green DM, Patel SK, Srivastava D, Stovall M, Ness KK, Armstrong GT, Robison LL, Brinkman TM. Impact of chronic disease on emotional distress in adult survivors of childhood cancer: A report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Cancer,  2017, Feb, 123(3): 521-528, Epub 2016 Oct 20
Annett, R. D., Patel, S. K., Phipps. S. Monitoring and Assessment of Neuropsychological Outcomes as a Standard of Care in Pediatric Oncology. Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 2015 Dec;62 Suppl 5:S460-513
Kazak, A. E., Abrams, A. N., Banks, J., Christofferson, J., DiDonato, S., Grootenhuis, M.A., Kabour, M., Madan-Swain, A., Patel, S. K., Zadeh, S., Kupst, M. J. Psychosocial Assessment as a Standard of Care in Pediatric Cancer, Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 2015 Dec;62 Suppl 5:S426-59
Walsh, K., Noll, R., Annett, R., D.,  Patel, S. K., Patenaude, A., Embry, L. Standard of Care for Neuropsychological Monitoring in Pediatric Neuro-oncology: Lessons from the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). Pediatric Blood and Cancer,  2015, Oct 9 [Epub ahead of print]
Ullrich CK, Rodday AM, Bingen K, Kupst MJ, Patel SK, Syrjala KL, Harris LL, Recklitis CJ, Schwartz L, Davies S, Guinan EC, Chang G, Wolfe J, Parsons SK. Parent Outlook: How Parent View the Road Ahead as They Emark on Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Their Child. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2015 Sep 5. [Epub ahead of print]

Patel, S.K, Wong, A., Wong, F.L., Breen, E., Hurria, A., Smith, M., Kinjo, C., Paz, B., Kruper, L.,  Somlo, G., Mortimer, J., Palomares, M.,  Irwin. M., Bhatia, S.  *Inflammatory biomarkers, comorbidity, and neurocognitive functioning in women with newly diagnosed breast cancer.  Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 2015; 107 (8)
Baron, N.M., Compton, P., Macey P. M., Patel, S. K., Jacob, E., O’Neil, S., Ogren J., Finlay, J.L., Harper, R. M. Diffusion Tensor Imaging and Neurobehavioral Outcome in children with brain tumors treated with chemotherapy. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, July 2015
Patel, S. K., Fernandez, N., Dekel, Noya, Turk, A., Meier, A., Ross, P, Rosenthal, J. Socioeconomic status as a possible moderator of neurocognitive outcomes in children with cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 2015 Mar 17. doi: 10.1002/pon.3797. [Epub ahead of print]
Heinze, KE., Rodday, A.M., Nolan, M.T., Bingen K, Kupst MJ, Patel, S.K., Syrjala, K., Harris, L., Recklitis, C., Schwartz, L., Davies, S., Guinan, E.C., Noll, R., Change G., Parsons, S. K.  The impact of pediatric blood and marrow transplant on parents: introduction of the parent impact scale. Health and quality of life outcomes, 2015; 13:46
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