Laura Porter

Overview:

My research focuses on developing and evaluating behavioral interventions to help patients and their family members cope with the symptoms and psychological demands associated with chronic and life-limiting illness.

Positions:

Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral Medicine & Neurosciences
School of Medicine

Professor in the School of Nursing

School of Nursing
School of Nursing

Member of the Duke Cancer Institute

Duke Cancer Institute
School of Medicine

Education:

Ph.D. 1996

State University of New York, Stony Brook

Grants:

Feasibility of a Couple-based Intervention for Parents of Children with Cancer

Administered By
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral Medicine & Neurosciences
Awarded By
National Institutes of Health
Role
Principal Investigator
Start Date
End Date

Caregiver-Assisted Pain Coping Skills Training for Dementia

Administered By
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral Medicine & Neurosciences
Awarded By
National Palliative Care Research Center
Role
Principal Investigator
Start Date
End Date

Yoga-based Symptom Management for Metastatic Breast Cancer

Administered By
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral Medicine & Neurosciences
Awarded By
National Institutes of Health
Role
Principal Investigator
Start Date
End Date

Coping Skills Training for Spinal Cord Stimulator Patients

Administered By
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral Medicine & Neurosciences
Awarded By
National Institutes of Health
Role
Principal Investigator
Start Date
End Date

Partner-Assisted Emotional Disclosure for GI Cancer

Administered By
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral Medicine & Neurosciences
Awarded By
National Institutes of Health
Role
Principal Investigator
Start Date
End Date

Publications:

CAN A SEXUAL HEALTH COMMUNICATION SKILLS INTERVENTION AFFECT BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS' ENGAGEMENT IN SEXUAL ACTIVITY? RESULTS FROM A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL

Authors
Reese, JB; Handorf, E; Sorice, KA; Pollard, WA; Beach, MC; Daly, MB; Porter, LS; Tulsky, JA; Lepore, SJ
MLA Citation
URI
https://scholars.duke.edu/individual/pub1484901
Source
wos-lite
Published In
Annals of Behavioral Medicine
Volume
55
Published Date
Start Page
S606
End Page
S606

IMPACTS OF THE SARS-COV-2 PANDEMIC ON DYADIC ADJUSTMENT AND COMMUNICATION IN PERSONS WITH CANCER AND THEIR CAREGIVING PARTNERS

Authors
Langer, S; Todd, M; Baucom, D; Romano, JM; Porter, LS
MLA Citation
Langer, Shelby, et al. “IMPACTS OF THE SARS-COV-2 PANDEMIC ON DYADIC ADJUSTMENT AND COMMUNICATION IN PERSONS WITH CANCER AND THEIR CAREGIVING PARTNERS.” Annals of Behavioral Medicine, vol. 55, 2021, pp. S274–S274.
URI
https://scholars.duke.edu/individual/pub1484902
Source
wos-lite
Published In
Annals of Behavioral Medicine
Volume
55
Published Date
Start Page
S274
End Page
S274

ADDRESSING SEXUAL CONCERNS IN BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS: PROGRESS FROM AN ONGOING RCT OF A NOVEL COUPLE-BASED INTERVENTION

Authors
Reese, JB; Lepore, SJ; Zimmaro, LA; Sorice, KA; Adekunle, F; Pollard, WA; Handorf, E; Daly, MB; Schover, LR; Westbrook, K; Porter, LS
MLA Citation
Reese, Jennifer B., et al. “ADDRESSING SEXUAL CONCERNS IN BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS: PROGRESS FROM AN ONGOING RCT OF A NOVEL COUPLE-BASED INTERVENTION.” Annals of Behavioral Medicine, vol. 55, 2021, pp. S555–S555.
URI
https://scholars.duke.edu/individual/pub1484903
Source
wos-lite
Published In
Annals of Behavioral Medicine
Volume
55
Published Date
Start Page
S555
End Page
S555

Distinct profiles of multiple co-occurring symptoms in patients with gastrointestinal cancers receiving chemotherapy.

<h4>Purpose</h4>Identify subgroups of gastrointestinal (GI) cancer patients with distinct multiple co-occurring symptom profiles and evaluate for differences among these subgroups in demographic and clinical characteristics and quality of life (QOL) outcomes.<h4>Methods</h4>Patients with GI cancers (n = 399) completed the Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale (MSAS) that was used to assess for multiple co-occurring symptoms. Latent class analysis (LCA) was used to identify subgroups of patients with distinct symptom profiles using symptom occurrence ratings. Differences in demographic and clinical characteristics and QOL outcomes among the subgroups were evaluated using parametric and nonparametric tests.<h4>Results</h4>All Low (36.6%), Moderate (49.4%), and All High (14.0%) classes were identified. Compared to the All Low class, patients in the other two classes were significantly younger and were more likely to report depression and back pain. Compared to the other two classes, patients in the All High class had fewer years of education and a higher number of comorbidities. Significant differences were found among the three classes for comorbidity burden and total number of MSAS symptoms (i.e., All Low < Moderate < All High), as well as for performance status (i.e., All Low > Moderate > All High). A higher symptom burden was associated with poorer QOL outcomes.<h4>Conclusions</h4>The first study to identify subgroups of patients with GI cancers based on distinct symptom profiles. LCA allowed for the identification of risk factors associated with a higher symptom burden. Clinicians can use this information to identify high-risk patients and develop personalized symptom management interventions.
Authors
Lin, Y; Bailey, DE; Docherty, SL; Porter, LS; Cooper, BA; Paul, SM; Kober, KM; Hammer, MJ; Wright, F; Dunn, LB; Conley, YP; Levine, JD; Miaskowski, C
MLA Citation
Lin, Yufen, et al. “Distinct profiles of multiple co-occurring symptoms in patients with gastrointestinal cancers receiving chemotherapy.Supportive Care in Cancer : Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 29, no. 8, Aug. 2021, pp. 4461–71. Epmc, doi:10.1007/s00520-020-05946-4.
URI
https://scholars.duke.edu/individual/pub1472672
PMID
33454824
Source
epmc
Published In
Supportive Care in Cancer : Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Volume
29
Published Date
Start Page
4461
End Page
4471
DOI
10.1007/s00520-020-05946-4

PARTNER2LOSE: A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL TO EVALUATE PARTNER INVOLVEMENT IN LONG-TERM WEIGHT LOSS

Authors
Voils, CI; Shaw, R; Adler, R; Jeanes, E; Lewis, MA; Sharp, W; Cronin, K; Hetzel, S; Mao, L; Johnson, H; Elwert, F; Pabich, S; Gavin, KL; Jr, YW; Porter, LS
MLA Citation
Voils, Corrine I., et al. “PARTNER2LOSE: A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL TO EVALUATE PARTNER INVOLVEMENT IN LONG-TERM WEIGHT LOSS.” Annals of Behavioral Medicine, vol. 55, 2021, pp. S556–S556.
URI
https://scholars.duke.edu/individual/pub1484904
Source
wos-lite
Published In
Annals of Behavioral Medicine
Volume
55
Published Date
Start Page
S556
End Page
S556