Meagan L. Dwyer, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Meagan L. Dwyer, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the University of Kansas Medical Center's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a licensed psychologist in the states of Kansas and Missouri. Dr. Dwyer serves as the Director of the Onco-Psychology Program at the NCI-Designated University of Kansas Cancer Center.
Dr. Dwyer obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (summa cum laude with departmental honors) from Missouri State University (2000-2004) followed by her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (2004-2006). She then completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (2006-2010) at Saint Louis University. She attended an APA accredited internship at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans, LA (2009-2010), with a focus on behavioral medicine and empirically supported treatments for PTSD. Dr. Dwyer then became the Psycho-Oncology Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (2010-2011).
Dr. Dwyer joined the faculty at the University of Kansas Medical Center in the fall of 2011. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS). Dr. Dwyer has research and clinical experience and interests focused on trauma/PTSD and health psychology, particularly oncology. She is also interested in end-of-life issues, quality of life, and the interrelationships between psychological and physical health. Dr. Dwyer has expanded research into professional practice topics, particularly the impact of healthcare-related work on professional providers and training and program development within psycho-oncology. She is also engaged in adapting and developing distress screenings for both academic and clinical application.
Dr. Dwyer has worked in community outreach in partnership with American Cancer Society, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Kansas City Hospice House. Currently serving as Director of the Onco-Psychology program, she provides services to cancer patients and their families, with a particular focus on patients within the KU Cancer Center Blood and Marrow Transplant program. She practices within the areas of psychotherapy and psychological assessment with a focus on empirically supported treatments for psychiatric disorders within the context of adult health psychology. She enjoys teaching applications of psychological science in the practice of health care, and regularly supervises psychology practicum students, clinical psychology interns and psychology post-doctoral residents. She has collaborated with psychiatry residents in their independent research projects.
Dr. Dwyer has been an invited speaker for the Greater Kansas City Area Psychological Association, Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care Group, Oncology Nursing Society and KUMC Continuing Education Community Outreach.
To learn more, visit Dr. Dwyer's University of Kansas Health System bio.