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

  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Ph.D (Clinical Psychology) 1998
  • University of Chicago, Department of Psychiatry: Clinical Psychology Internship, 1997-98
  • Loyola University of Chicago, B.Sc. (Applied Psychology), 1992

Clinical Interests

  • Psychological issues related to cancer experience
  • Anxiety, depression, coping issues

Research Interests

  • Quality of life issues related to cancer treatment
  • Adjustment to advanced cancer diagnosis and treatment


  • Introduction to Psychology, PSYC 100, 2009
  • Biopsychology, PSYC 301, 2003-2009
  • Sensation and Perception, PSYC 310, 2003-2009
  • Cross-cultural Psychology, PSYC 354, 2003-2009
  • Adult Psychopathology, PSYC 353, 2002-2003
  • Lifespan Development, PSYC 351, 2008
  • Clinical Psychology, PSYC 436, 2003
  • Human Sexuality, PSYC 332, 2003
  • Health Psychology, PSYC 355, 2002-2004

Selected Publications

  • Knight, S.J., Siston, A.K., Chmiel, J.S., Slimack, N., Elstein, A., Chapman, G., Nadler, R., Bennett, C.L.  (2004).  Ethnic variation in localized prostate cancer:  Preferences, optimism, and quality of life among black and white Veterans. Clinical Prostate Cancer, 3, 31-37.
  • Elstein,  A.S., Chapman, G.B., Chmiel, J., Knight, S.J., Chan, C., Nadler, R.B., Kuzel, T.M., Siston, A.K., Bennett, C.L.  (2004). Who is the judge? Agreement between prostate cancer patients and their clinicians about utilities and attribute importance. Health Expectations 7, 115-125.
  • 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.
  • Knight, S.J., Nathan, D.P., Siston, A.K., Kattan, M.W., Elstein, A.S., Collela, K.M., Wolf, M.S., Slimack, N.S., Bennett, C.L., & Golub, R.M. (2002). Pilot study of a utilities-based treatment decision intervention for prostate cancer patients. Clinical Prostate Cancer, 1, 105-114.
  • Stinson, T/Frey, P., Siston, A., Knight, S., Ferdman, E., Traynor, A., O’Gara, K., Bennett, C., & Winter, J.N. (2002). Lost opportunity costs contribute to family burden associated with outpatient autologous stem cell transplant. Bone Marrow Transplantation, 30, 741-748.
  • 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.

Selected Conferences & Presentations

  • Siston, A.K., Kim, S., Slimack N., Knight S., Chmiel, J., Chan, C., Bennett, C. (2000). Cancer specific quality of life assessments differ among localized prostate cancer patients treated with hormone/radiation therapy, radical prostatectomy, or watchful waiting. Proceedings of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, 19, 1750.  Presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology, New Orleans, LA.
  • Knight, S., Siston, A.K., Slimack, N., Chan, C., Chmiel, J., Kim, S., Bennett, C. (2000). Racial differences in quality of life among veterans with localized prostate cancer. Proceedings of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, 19, 17535.  Presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology, New Orleans, LA.

Other Activities

  • Psychosocial Advisory Committee: Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization (200-2001)