Amy K. Siston, Ph.D

Clinical Associate, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience: Psychooncology Service

5841 S. Maryland Ave., MC 3077, Rm B311
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: 773-702-9720
Fax: 773-702-6454

Education & Training

  • PH.D., Illinois Institute of Technology, Clinical Psychology, 1998
  • Post-doctoral fellowship, RUSH University Medical Center: Psychosocial Oncology specialization, 1998-1999
  • Clinical Psychology Internship , University of Chicago, Department of Psychiatry: Behavioral Medicine Specialization, 1997-98
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois

Certification and Additional Qualifications

  • AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, 2018
  • Sexual Health Certificate Program/Sex Therapy Track: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2017

Clinical Interests

  • Psychosocial needs of cancer patients, cancer survivors, and caregivers
  • Psychological adjustment to cancer
  • Sexual function related to the cancer experience
  • Women’s health

Research Interests

  • Adjustment to advanced cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Sexual dysfunction as a result of disruption to normal sexual response cycle and its impact on partnered relationship


  • Lecturer, Health Psychology Seminar, Psychosocial Oncology and Sexual Health (Psychology interns/externs)
  • Lecturer, Cognitive Behavior Therapy Course,  Sexual Function and CBT  (psychology interns/externs)

Society Memberships

  • American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT)

Selected Publications

  • Lindau S.T.L., Abramsohn, E.M., Baron, S.R., Florendo, J., Haefner, H.K., Jhingran, A., Kennedy, V., Krane, M.K., Kushner, D.M., McComb, J., Merritt, D.F., Park, J.E., Siston, A.K., Straub, M., Streicher, L. (2016).Systematic Physical Examination of the Female Cancer Patient with Sexual Concerns: Recommendations from Members of the Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. doi:10.3322/caac.21337
  • Jeffery, D.D., Barbera, L., Andersen. B.L., Siston, A.K., Jhingran, A., Baron, S., Reese, J.B., Coady, D.J., Carter, J., Flynn, K.E. (2015). Self-Reported Measures of Sexual Function Among Female Cancer Patients: A Systematic Review, 2008-2014. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, doi: 10.1080/07347332.2015.1046012
  • Siston, A.K., Knight, S.J., Slimack, N. S., Chmiel, J. S., Nadler, R.B., Lyons, T.M., Kuzel, T.M., Moran, E.M., Sharifi, R., Bennett, C.L. (2003). Quality of Life Following a Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer among Men of Lower Socioeconomic Status: Results from the VA Cancer of the Prostate Outcomes Study  (VA CaPOS). Urology, 61, 172-178
  • Siston A. K., List, M., Daugherty, C., Banik, D., Menke, C., Cornetta, K., & Larson, R (2001). Psychosocial adjustment of patients and caregivers prior to allogeneic bone marrow transplantation.   Bone Marrow Transplantation, 27, 1181-1188.
  • Siston, A.K., List, M.A., Schleser, R., & Vokes, E. (1997). Sexual functioning and head and neck cancer. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 15, 107-122.

Selected Conferences & Presentations

  • 14th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig 2018), Ottawa, CANADA:“Psychological  Aspects of Managing Dyspnea”
  • The Cancer Support Center, Survivor Camp, Chicago Heights, IL: “Get Your Groove Back: Intimacy”
  • Ovarian Cancer National Conference, Chicago, IL: “Sexual Health After Cancer”
  • Hereditary Colon Cancer Family Day- Hereditary Colon Cancer Foundation-Gilda’s Club, Chicago, IL: “Family Communication Challenges”
  • 2015 Annual VHL Alliance Conference, Arlington Heights, IL: “The Emotional Roller Coaster: Psychosocial Challenges Faced by Patients with VHL and Techniques to Manage Them”

Other Activities

  • American Psychosocial Oncology Society: Professional Education Committee