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April 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Brian Gonzalez, PhD (Moffitt Cancer Center) and Julienne Bower, PhD (University of California, Los Angeles)

Did You Know?

Smith Center is pleased to announce the launch of a special series of talks designed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the center. Each of the talks will highlight one of eight healing practices that research and practice tell us is important to the health and well-being of cancer patients/survivors, and their loved ones.

The topics include: Eating Well, Moving More, Managing Stress, Sleeping Well, Creating a Healing Environment, Sharing Love and Support, Exploring What Matters Now, and Expressing Oneself.

For each topic, we will have two expert speakers. One will provide a clear and concise review of the science behind the given topic: what we do and do not know about the topic, the impact of this practice on cancer-related quality of life and mortality specifically, and national recommendations for action. The second speaker will “translate” this information into an action plan (e.g., provide user-friendly tips about how to integrate this aspect of healing into your daily life). At the end, there will be time for a question and answer period.


Did You Know? will be hosted Monthly on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30pm.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • April 21 – Sleeping Well
    • with Brian Gonzalez, PhD (Moffitt Cancer Center) and Julienne Bower, PhD (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • May 19 – Finding Social Support
    • with Barbara Andersen, PhD (Ohio State University) and Susan Lutgendorf, PhD (University of Iowa)

In honor of our 25th Anniversary in 2021, we are suggesting donations for this series in fractions or multiples of the number “25.” E.G. $2.50, $12.50, $25, etc.


About Brian Gonzalez, PhD

Brian Gonzalez is an Associate Member at Moffitt Cancer Center, where he studies sleep and other quality of life issues in cancer survivors. He works to identify which survivors are at greatest risk of sleep disturbance and how to improve sleep in cancer survivors.
Dr. Gonzalez is passionate about helping minority and underserved cancer survivors improve their quality of life. Too many cancer survivors are affected by quality of life issues that are preventable or treatable. Dr. Gonzalez’s research focuses on identifying which survivors are at greatest risk of these issues. He works with multidisciplinary teams to design studies that identify multilevel risk factors for decreased quality of life. Dr. Gonzalez also develops culturally targeted interventions to improve quality of life, using inexpensive and widely disseminable Health strategies.

About Julienne Bower, PhD

Dr. Bower’s research focuses broadly on mind-body interactions among individuals confronting stressful life events, particularly diagnosis with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer. One area of her work examines immune effects on mood and behavior, including fatigue, depression, and sleep disturbance. Another line of research examines how positive psychological factors, such as benefit finding, positive affect, and goal engagement, influence physical health, with a focus on the biological pathways that link positive psychological states and health outcomes. Dr. Bower also conducts mind-body interventions (i.e., yoga, Tai Chi, and mindfulness meditation) with a focus on how these treatments influence immune and neuroendocrine function. 
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