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Dr. Heiðdís B Valdimarsdóttir

Reykjavík University
Department of Psychology

Dr. Heiðdís B Valdimarsdóttir is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Reykjavik University.

She got her PhD from Stony Brook University in New York in 1989. She has extensive experience in the psychological and biological evaluation of cancer patients and survivors and of individuals at familial/genetic risk for cancer. She has participated in numerous R01 awards, including studies focused on:
1) biological correlates of distress and psychobiological reactivity to acute stressors and among individuals at risk for cancer;
2) developing and testing culturally targeted genetic counseling interventions for minority women ;
3) developing and testing interactive decision tasks to help BRCA mutation carriers with the preventive and surveillance decisions;
4) examining the impact of expressive writing intervention in reducing psychological and biological indices of stress among cancer patients and
5) investigating the impact of bright white light therapy on sleep, fatigue, depression and circadian rhythms among cancer patients.