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Timothy Pearman

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Professor, Medical Social Sciences and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Supportive Oncology, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University


Areas of Focus

  • Quality of life for cancer patients
  • Psychological issues of patients dealing with medical illness, all stages and types of cancer
  • Treatment of psychosocial aspects of cancer, including depression and anxiety
  • Longer-term needs of cancer survivors, including surveillance, wellness and exercise
  • Patient-reported outcomes
  • Psychotherapy
  • Integrative medicine
  • Tobacco cessation


  • Measures and develops tools to examine quality of life (QOL) in cancer patients.
  • Tobacco cessation and exercise in cancer


Pearman is a board certified clinical health psychologist, a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Health Psychology (ACHP) and Director of the Supportive Oncology program at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center.

He has served on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Health Disparities and Equity Promotion (HDEP) subcommittee, as well as the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Subcommittee G (Education). Pearman completed a term as the APOS representative to the American College of Surgeons in 2021. He served on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)’s distress management expert panel. He served as the disease section leader for quality of life for the Scientific Review Committee of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is a member of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at Northwestern University and is a member of the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Committee. He has been a clinical associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Neurology at the Tulane University School of Medicine since 2000 and was the Director of the Tulane Cancer Center in New Orleans, LA from 2008-2011.