• Dr. Huang is Assistant Professor in the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care at UAB. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology at University of Alabama and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Palliative Psychology and Psycho-oncology at UAB. Dr. Huang serves as Director of Psychology and Counseling Program at UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care. In this role, Dr. Huang builds the infrastructure to integrate psychological services with oncology, geriatrics, and intensive care through health learning system and increases service volume to 5,000 visits across inpatient and outpatient services at UAB to meet the psychosocial care needs of seriously ill patients and caregivers.

    In 2018, Dr. Huang founded the Psycho-Oncology Counseling Residency Program (PCRP), the first subspecialty mental health advance practice provider (APP) residency program to cultivate next generation psycho-oncologists. Building upon the co-production model, PCRP offers a 2-year curriculum that provides diverse clinical rotation opportunities in Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic, Hematology and Oncology Specialty Unit, Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Palliative Care Consultation Services, and Brain Aging and Memory Clinic. Funded by Women's Breast Health Fund (WBHF), Dr. Huang launched Psychosocial Oncology Training Academy (POTA), the first community-based interprofessional training program targeting community primary care and mental health clinicians to improve access and quality of psychosocial cancer care for breast cancer survivors and caregivers.

    As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Huang provides counseling to patients and families facing serious illness and spearheads the UAB Psycho-Oncology Distress Screening and Management Program (DSMP) since 2019. The DSMP provides more than 32,000 depression screening per year and connects patients with in-person and telehealth psycho-oncology services to optimize comprehensive cancer care. Her interests include the implementation of system-wide best practices to improve access and quality of psychosocial cancer care, interprofessional education (IPE), mixed-method research, and trauma-informed palliative care.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 Evaluating the implementation and impact of navigator-supported remote symptom monitoring and management: a protocol for a hybrid type 2 clinical trialBMC Health Services Research.  22. 2022
    2021 Examining the association among fear of COVID-19, psychological distress, and delays in cancer careCancer Medicine.  10:8854-8865. 2021
    2021 Association of fear of COVID-19 with delays in care or treatment interruptions in patients with cancer.Journal of Clinical Oncology.  39:98-98. 2021
    2021 System-wide depression screening implementation in ambulatory oncology care: Key strategies and early implementation outcomes.Journal of Clinical Oncology.  39:260-260. 2021
    2021 Witnesses and Victims Both: Healthcare Workers and Grief in the Time of COVID-19Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.  62:647-656. 2021
    2021 The Impact of Depression on Health Care Utilization in Patients with CancerJournal of Palliative Medicine.  24:755-759. 2021
    2021 QIM21-084: Perceived Needs and Patient Satisfaction of Psychosocial Distress Screening and Management in Inpatient Hematology Oncology Specialty CareJournal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network : JNCCN.  19:qim21-qi084. 2021
    2021 Empowering the People: Introducing an Advance Care Planning Conversation to Improve Cultural Sensitivity Among African American Heart Failure Patients (W215C)Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.  61:642-643. 2021
    2021 Implementing a Clinic-Based Telehealth Support Service (FamilyStrong) for Family Caregivers of Individuals with Grade IV Brain TumorsJournal of Palliative Medicine.  24:347-353. 2021
    2020 Leveraging Payment Reform to Implement Sustainable Depression Screening and Treatment (QI605)Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.  59:502. 2020
    2020 My Heart Will Go On: Analyzing the Heartbeat Project as a Tool in Palliative and Bereavement Care (FR474)Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.  59:482-483. 2020
    2019 The project ENABLE Cornerstone randomized pilot trial: Protocol for lay navigator-led early palliative care for African-American and rural advanced cancer family caregiversContemporary Clinical Trials Communications.  16. 2019
    2019 The impact of depression in cancer patients on healthcare utilization.Journal of Clinical Oncology.  37:243-243. 2019
    2019 Distress management, version 3.2019Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network : JNCCN.  17:1229-1249. 2019
    2018 Assessment of metabolic syndrome risk factors among rural-dwelling older adults requires innovation: partnerships and a mobile unit can helpQuality in Ageing and Older Adults.  19:251-260. 2018
    2018 Lay patient navigators’ perspectives of barriers, facilitators and training needs in initiating advance care planning conversations with older patients with cancerJournal of Palliative Care.  33:70-78. 2018
    2018 Assessing Health Literacy in Outpatient Palliative Care: A Pilot Study Comparing Two Health Literacy Measures (FR419A)Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.  55:603-604. 2018
    2018 Association between Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms and Health Care Utilization in Geriatric Patients with Cancer: Findings from the Patient Care Connect Program (FR440C)Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.  55:614-615. 2018
    2018 Trauma-informed Palliative Care: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Assessing and Treating Patients and Families with Trauma- and Stress-Related Symptoms (SA505)Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.  55:639-640. 2018
    2017 Geriatric syndromes and association with distress in older cancer patients.Journal of Clinical Oncology.  35:189-189. 2017
    2017 Implementation and Impact of Patient Lay Navigator-Led Advance Care Planning ConversationsJournal of Pain and Symptom Management.  53:682-692. 2017
    2017 Association Between Mental Health Diagnoses and Process of Care at the End Of Life: Findings from the BEACON Trial (S771)Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.  53:449. 2017
    2016 Patient-centered support in the survivorship care transition: Outcomes from the Patient-Owned Survivorship Care Plan InterventionCancer.  122:3232-3242. 2016
    2016 A pilot feasibility intervention to increase advance care planning among African Americans in the deep southJournal of Palliative Medicine.  19:164-173. 2016
    2016 Evaluation of patient characteristics that are associated with response to a survivorship care planning intervention.Journal of Clinical Oncology.  34:8-8. 2016
    2015 Technology-Delivered Mental Health Interventions for People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA): a Review of Recent AdvancesCurrent HIV/AIDS Reports.  12:472-480. 2015
    2015 Technology-Delivered Mental Health Interventions for People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA): a Review of Recent AdvancesCurrent HIV/AIDS Reports.  12:472-480. 2015
    2015 Rewards and unique challenges faced by African-American custodial grandmothers: The importance of future planningAging and Mental Health.  19:844-852. 2015
    2015 Abstract P1-09-07: Patient centered support in the survivorship care transition: Outcomes from the patient-owned survivorship care plan interventionCancer Research.  p1-09-07-p1-09-07. 2015
    2015 Concordance Between Structured and Unstructured Debriefing on Symptom Burden in Breast Cancer: A Mixed Methods Analysis (S755)Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.  49:436. 2015
    2013 A meta-analysis of the factor structure of the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS): The effects of languageInternational Psychogeriatrics.  25:71-81. 2013
    2012 Health disparities grants funded by national institute on aging: Trends between 2000 and 2010Gerontologist.  52:748-758. 2012
    2012 Secrets to a Long, Healthy Life: Uncovering Myths About LongevityContemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books.  57. 2012
    2012 Self-rated mental health among Asian American adults: Association with psychiatric disordersAsian American Journal of Psychology.  3:44-52. 2012
    2011 Race/Ethnicity and the Factor Structure of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale: A Meta-AnalysisCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.  17:381-396. 2011
    2010 Health status of older Asian Americans in CaliforniaJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.  58:2003-2008. 2010

    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, University of Alabama 2015
  • Master of Education in Counseling Psychology, National Taiwan Normal University 2005
  • Full Name

  • Chao-Hui Huang
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