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Academic BioDr. Hoerger is Louisiana's leading expert in psycho-oncology research. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Oncology at Tulane University, a Contributing Member of the Tulane Cancer Center, a lifelong learner at the Freeman School of Business, and the Managing Director of Palliative Care Research at the University Medical Center of New Orleans.
As a clinical health psychologist trained in healthcare research administration and strategic management, Dr. Hoerger's career focuses on improving quality of life by reducing the emotional and physical burden of cancer. In his early career, Dr. Hoerger has published 80 articles and chapters in psychology and medicine, serves as a reviewer for 50 scientific journals, teaches research methodology and statistics, mentors research trainees, provides clinical services, and engages with the community on issues related to work, education, and health. Currently, he serves on the editorial boards of Health Psychology and Psychological Assessment, functions as Tulane's Organizational Lead for the NIH-sponsored Palliative Care Research Cooperative (PCRC), and has reviewed $100 million in research grants for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
Dr. Hoerger was Tulane's first faculty member to complete the NIH-sponsored Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center's Roadmap Award. His team leads a randomized clinical trial funded by the American Cancer Society to improve knowledge and attitudes related to palliative care in the racially and socioeconomically diverse community of New Orleans. Dr. Hoerger is the Founding Director of Louisiana's oldest Health Psychology doctoral training program and Founding Director of the Psycho-Oncology Research Program.