Prof. Merluzzi's research focuses on coping processes in people with cancer and cancer survivors from the perspective of social learning theory and, in particular, self-regulation and self-efficacy theories.
CURRENT AREAS OF RESEARCH
- Assessment of Self-efficacy for Coping with Cancer
- Transition to Survivorship, Coping and Social Support
- "Letting Go"- Religious/Spiritual Perspectives on Coping and Relinquishing Control
- Psychosocial Issues in Racial Health Disparities
Please visit the Laboratory for Psychooncology Research website for more information on these areas of research and on the following measures:
- Cancer Behavior Inventory (V3.0): A measure of self-efficacy for coping with cancer (27 items, 7 scales)
- Brief Cancer Behavior Inventory: A brief measure of self-efficacy for coping with cancer (12 items, unidimensional)
- Caregiver Inventory: A measure of self-efficacy for caregiving (21 items, 4 scales)
- Social Relationship Coping Efficacy Scale: A measure of self-efficacy for maintaining and enhancing social relationships and social support for persons with cancer (10 items, unidimensional)
Videos - more on the lab website
For more on measures, videos, and links to publications visit the Laboratory for Psychooncology Research Website
Merluzzi, T.V., Zhang, G., Philip, E.J., & Lee, D., Salamanca-Balen, N. (in press). Discerning critical stressors and resources in the lives of cancer patients: A Multivariate analysis of targets of intervention for enhancing supportive care and quality of life. Psycho-Oncology https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.5906
Salamanca-Balen, N., Qiu, M., & Merluzzi, T.V. (2022). COVID-19 pandemic stress, tolerance of uncertainty and well-being for persons with and without cancer. Psychology and Health. DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2021.2020273
Salamanca-Balen, N., & Merluzzi, T. V. (2021). Hope, uncertainty, and control: A theoretical integration in the context of serious illness. Patient Education and Counseling, 104(11), 2622–2627. doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2021.07.029.
Serpentini, S., Tosin, G., Guandalini, B., Ronconi, L., Cristaldi, G., Amatulli, R., Deledda, G., Riccardi, S., Sommacal, S., Iannopollo, L., Calvo, V., & Merluzzi. T.V. (2021). Assessment of self-efficacy for caregiving in oncology: Italian validation of the Caregiver Inventory (CGI-I). BMC Palliative Care, 20:166. doi.org/10.1186/s12904-021-00849-5.
Lee, H., Merluzzi, T.V., Choi, N.Y., & Lee, J. (2021). Self-efficacy for coping with cancer: Psychometric properties of the Cancer Behavior Inventory version 3.0 - Korean. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 52, 101957. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejon.2021.101957
Merluzzi, T.V., Philip, E.J., Gomer, B., Heitzmann, C.A., & Kim, D. (2021). Serious comorbidities and emotional distress: A coping mediation model for persons with cancer. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 55, 994-1004. https://doi.org/10.1093/abm/kaaa122
Salamanca-Balen, N., Merluzzi, T.V., & Chen, M. (2021). The effectiveness of hope-fostering interventions in palliative care: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Palliative Medicine, 35, 710-728. doi:10.1177/0269216321994728
Charos, D., Merluzzi, T. V., Kolokotroni, P., Lykeridou, K., Deltsidou, A., & Vivilaki, V. (2021). Breast cancer and social relationship coping efficacy: validation of the Greek version. Women & Health, 1–10. doi: 10.1080/03630242.2021.1994101
Merluzzi, T.V., Pustejovsky, J., Salsman, J.M., Sohl, S.J., Philip, E.J., & Berendsen, M. (2019). Interventions to enhance self-efficacy in cancer patients: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Psycho-Oncology, 28, 1781-1790. doi.org/10.1002/pon.5148
Salsman, J.M., Schalet, B.D., Merluzzi, T.V., Park, C.L., Hahn, E.A., Snyder, M.A., & Cella, D. (2019). Calibration and initial validation of a general self-efficacy item bank and short form for the NIH PROMIS®. Quality of Life Research, 28, 2513-2523. DOI:
Merluzzi, T.V., Chirico, A., Serpentini, S., Yang, M., & Philip, E.J. (2019). The role of coping in the relationship between stressful life events and quality of life in persons with cancer. Psychology and Health, 34, 497-513. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2018.1545905
Serpentini, S., Del Bianco, P., Chirico, A., Merluzzi, T.V., De Martino, R., Lucidi, F., De Salvo, G.L., Trentin, L., & Capovilla. E. (2019). Self-efficacy for coping in palliative care patients: Validation and utility of the Italian version of the Cancer Behavior Inventory (CBI-B/Italian). BMC Palliative Care, 18:34 doi.org/10.1186/s12904-019-0420-y
Nairn, R.C. & Merluzzi, T.V. (2019). Enhancing coping skills for persons with advanced cancer utilizing mastery enhancement: A pilot randomized clinical trial. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 42, 423-439. doi: 10.1007/s10865-018-0004-y
Merluzzi, T.V., Serpentini, S., Philip, E.J., Yang, M., Salamanca-Balen, N., Heitzmann, C.A., & Catarinella, A. (2019). Social Relationship Coping Efficacy: A new construct in understanding social support and well-being in persons with cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 28, 85-91. doi:10.1002/pon.4913
Philip, E.J., Salamanca-Balen, N., Lewis, B., & Merluzzi, T.V. (2018). Lifestyle behaviors and psychosocial outcomes among long-term cancer survivors. Psycho-Oncology, 27, 2877-2880. doi: 10.1002/pon.4885
Salsman, J.M., Park, C.L., Hahn, E.A., Snyder, M.A., George, L.S., Steger, M.F., Merluzzi, T., Cella, D. (2018). Refining and supplementing candidate measures of psychological well-being for the NIH PROMIS: Qualitative results from a mixed cancer sample. Quality of Life Research, 27, 2471-2476. doi.org/10.1007/s11136-018-1896-2. https://rdcu.be/1diI
Merluzzi, T.V., Philip, E.J., Heitzmann Ruhf, C.A., Liu, H., Yang, M., & Conley, C.C. (2018). Self-efficacy for coping with cancer: Revision of the Cancer Behavior Inventory (Version 3.0). Psychological Assessment, 30(4), 486-499 doi.org/10.1037/pas0000483
Merluzzi, T.V. & Martinez Sanchez, M.A. (2018). Husbands’ perceptions of their wives’ breast cancer coping efficacy: Testing congruence models of adjustment. Cancer Management and Research, 10, 297-304. doi: 10.2147/CMAR.S157124
Merluzzi, T.V., & Philip, E.J. (2017). “Letting Go” - From ancient to modern perspectives on relinquishing personal control: Focus on religion and coping with cancer. Journal of Religion and Health, 56(6), 2039-2052. doi: 10.1007/s10943-017-0366-4
Chirico, A., Lucidi, F., Alivernini, F., Merluzzi, T.V., & Giordano, A. (2017). A meta-analytic review of the relationship of cancer coping self-efficacy with distress and quality of life. Oncotarget, doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.15758
Chirico, A., Serpentini, S., Merluzzi, T., Mallia, L., Del Bianco, P., Martino, R., Trentin, L., Bucci, E., Capovilla, E., Lucidi, F., Botti, G., & Giordano, A. (2017). Self-efficacy for coping moderates the effects of distress on quality of life in palliative cancer care. Anticancer Research, 37, 1609-1615 doi:10.21873/anticanres.11491 http://ar.iiarjournals.org/content/37/4/1609.full.pdf+html
Salsman, J.M., Pustejovsky, J.E., Park, C.E., Sherman, A.C., Merluzzi, T.V. Danhauer, S.C., Jim, H.S.L., & Fitchett, G. (2016). Reply to: The association between religion/spirituality and mental health in cancer. Cancer, 122, 2441-2.
Merluzzi, T.V., Philip, E.J., Yang, M., & Heitzmann, C.A. (2016). Matching of received social support with need for support in adjusting to cancer and cancer survivorship. Psycho-Oncology, 25, 684-690.
Serpentini, S., Capovilla, E., & Merluzzi, T.V. (2016). Lasciare andare: Potenzialita di applicazione in psiconcologia e nelle cure palliative. (“Letting go”: Potential application in psycho-oncology and palliative care). Mosciano, S.A., Italy: Artemia Edizioni.
Philip, E.J. & Merluzzi, T.V. (2016). Symptom burden and psychosocial stressors in post-treatment cancer survivors: Desire for support and challenges in identifying individuals in need. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 34, 223-239.
Chirico, A., Lucidi, F., Mallia, L., D’Aiuto, M. & Merluzzi, T.V. (2015). Indicators of distress in newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. PeerJ, 21, e1107. doi: 10.7717/peerj.1107. https://peerj.com/articles/1107/
Merluzzi, T.V., Philip, E.J., Zhang, Z., & Sullivan, C. (2015). Perceived discrimination, coping, and quality of life for African-American and Caucasian persons with cancer. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21(3), 337-44. doi: 10.1037/a0037543
Salsman, J.M., Fitchett, G., Merluzzi, T.V., Sherman, A.C., & Park, C.L. (2015). Religion, spirituality, and health outcomes in cancer: A case for a meta-analytic investigation. Cancer, 121, 3754-3759.
Jim, H.S.L., Pustejovsky J., Park, C.L., Danhauer S.C., Sherman, A.C., Fitchett, G., Merluzzi, T.V., Munoz, A.R., George, L., Snyder, M.A., & Salsman, J.M. (2015). Religion, spirituality, and physical health in cancer patients: A meta-analysis. Cancer, 121, 3760-3768.
Salsman, J.M., Pustejovsky, J.E., Jim, H.S.L., Munoz, A.R., Merluzzi, T.V., George, L., Park, C.L., Danhauer, S.C., Sherman, A.C., Snyder, M.A., & Fitchett, G. (2015). A meta-analytic approach to examine the relationship between religion/spirituality and mental health in cancer. Cancer, 121, 3769-3778.
Sherman, A.C., Merluzzi, T.V., Pustejovsky, J.E., Park, C.L., George, L., Fitchett, G., Jim, H.S.L., Munoz, A.R., Danhauer, S.C., Snyder, M.A., & Salsman, J.M. (2015). A meta-analytic review of religious or spiritual involvement and social health among cancer patients. Cancer, 121, 3779-3788.