Patient & Family Support Services: Research


We believe in the clinician-scientist model in which clinical experience and research endeavors mutually inform and enhance each other for the benefit of our patients and families.

We strongly believe that our research endeavors should grow out of and be driven by our clinical experiences for the purpose of improving the lives of our patients and families, as well as the field.

Research ideas and collaborations that fit with our areas of interest and expertise are welcomed and encouraged, whether they come from trainees or seasoned investigators.

"We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology."

"Science is much more than a body of knowledge. It is a way of thinking. This is central to its success. Science invites us to let the facts in, even when they don’t conform to our preconceptions." --Carl Sagan

Studies Open for Active Recruitment

Positive Outcomes in Cancer Care: Emphasizing Quality of Life and Legacy

  • A randomized controlled-trial focused on support, reflections on life, and creating a legacy for hospice and palliative care patients.
  • Principal Investigator: Lori Montross-Thomas, PhD
  • American Cancer Society Grant, 2013-2018
  • Contact: Lori Montross-Thomas

The Most Loving Moment of Your Life: People’s End-of-Life Reflections on their Small Acts of Great Love

  • An interview study of 40 hospice patients to learn about their most memorable experiences of love across the lifespan, both given and received.
  • Principal Investigator: Lori Montross-Thomas, PhD
  • Stein Institute for Research on Aging, 2012-2015
  • Contact: Lori Montross-Thomas

A Legacy Project to Improve Dignity for Those Living with Dementia

  • A feasibility study providing dignity therapy to 30 people with dementia and their accompanying care partners
  • Principal Investigator: Lori Montross-Thomas, PhD
  •  International Alzheimer's Association Grant in collaboration with Alzheimer's Association San Diego Chapter, 2015-2017
  • Contact: Lori Montross-Thomas