Assistant Professor – InstructionalPamela Shapiro Ph.D. 7905
521 Weiss Hall
1701 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122


Cancer, Cognition, Distress, Quality of Life, Creativity


Dr. Shapiro received her PhD in cognitive psychology from Temple University in 2002, and then completed a Department of Defense postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine and the Abramson Cancer Center. Most recently, she served as Research Assistant Professor at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where her research focused on cognitive outcomes of cancer and quality of life. Her courses at Temple include Foundations of Cognitive Psychology, Conducting Psychological Research, Topics in Psychology: Creativity and Psychopathology, and a Psychology Capstone focused on ethical standards in psychology.

Selected Publications

  • Shapiro, P. J., & Weisberg, R. W. (1999). Creativity and bipolar diathesis: Common behavioural and cognitive components. Cognition and Emotion, 13, 741-762.
  • Shapiro, P. J., & Weisberg, R. W. (2000). Positive affect and creativity: Symptom of psychopathology or component of creative process? Bulletin of Psychology and the Arts, 1, 58-61.
  • Sullivan, P. A., Shapiro, P. J., Thompson, R. (2002). Psychological reactions to terrorist attacks: Response to Schlenger et al. Journal of the American Medical Association, 288, 2684.
  • Shapiro, P. J., Coyne, J. C., Kruus, L. K., Palmer, S. C., Malkowicz, S. B., Vaughn, D. J. (2004). Interest in services among prostate cancer patients receiving androgen deprivation therapy. Psycho-Oncology, 13, 512-525.
  • Coyne, J. C., Palmer, S. C., Shapiro, P. J., & Thompson, R. (2004). Distress, psychiatric morbidity, and prescriptions for psychotropic medication in a breast cancer waiting room sample. General Hospital Psychiatry, 26,121-128.
  • Coyne, J. C., Palmer, S. C., Shapiro, P. J. (2004). Prescribing antidepressants to advanced cancer patients with mild depressive symptoms is not justified: Response to Fisch et al. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 22, 205-206.
  • Kenen, R. H., Shapiro, P. J., Friedman, S., & Coyne, J. C. (2007). Peer-support in coping with medical uncertainty: Discussion of prophylactic oophorectomy and hormone replacement therapy on a web-based message board. Psycho-Oncology , 16, 763-771.
  • Kenen, R. H., Shapiro, P. J., Friedman, S., Hansoo, L., & Coyne, J. C. (2007). Women with BRCA1/2 mutations renegotiating a post-prophylactic mastectomy identity: Self-image and self-disclosure. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 16, 789-798.
  • Lai, J., Butt, Z., Wagner, L., Sweet, J., Beaumont, L., Vardy, J., Jacobsen, P., Shapiro, P. J., Jacobs, S., Cella, D. (2009). Evaluating the dimensionality of perceived cognitive function: An illustration using the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy – Cognitive Function (FACT-Cog). Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 37, 982-95.
  • Shapiro, P. J. (2010). Cancer brain fog. Coping with Cancer Magazine, May/June, 24 (3), 8.

Courses Taught

  • Creativity and Psychopathology
  • Foundations of Cognitive Psychology
  • Conducting Psychological Research
  • Psychology as a Social Science
  • Research Ethics