Yasmin Asvat, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Psycho-Oncology Service

5841 S. Maryland Ave., MC 3077
Room M-348
Chicago, IL 60637
Office Phone: (773) 702-2458
Patient Appointments: (773) 702-2458

Education & Training

  • 2013 – Ph.D., University of South Florida, Clinical Psychology
  • 2012-2013 - Psychology Internship, University of Chicago Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
  • 2013-2015 - Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Psychosocial Oncology, Rush University Medical Center, Department of Behavioral Sciences
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois & Missouri

Clinical Interests

  • Psychosocial Oncology
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Health Behavior Change
  • Therapeutic modalities: Meaning-centered Psychotherapy in Cancer, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy


  • Spanish

Research Interests

  • Predictors of coping, adjustment, and quality of life in cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers
  • Development, evaluation, and dissemination of interventions that promote physical and psychological well-being among cancer patients and survivors
  • Resilience factors in cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers
  • Delivery of brief, targeted, psychological and behavioral interventions in the inpatient oncology setting


  • 2017-present: Supervisor & Invited Lecturer, CBT Training Series, Psychiatry Residency Program

Society Memberships

  • American Psychosocial Oncology Society
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • APA Division 38: Health Psychology
  • National Register of Health Services Psychologists

Selected Publications

  • Penalba, V., Asvat, Y., Vanderlan, J., & Deshields, T. (2017). Rates and predictors of follow-up with psychotherapy after pre-stem cell transplant psychosocial evaluation. Psycho-oncology. doi: 10.1002/pon.4473/
  • Lee, M.S., Asvat, Y., Gonzalez, B.D., Jacobsen, P.B., & Jim, H.S.L. (2016). Coping, stress, and insomnia in hematopoietic stem cell transplant candidates. Psycho-oncology, 26(4), 560-562. doi: 10.1002/pon.4134
  • Lattie, E.G., Asvat, Y., Shivpuri, S., Gerhart, J., O'Mahony, S., Duberstein, P., & Hoerger, M. (2016). Associations between personality and end of life care preferences among men with prostate cancer: A clustering approach. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 51, 52-59. doi:10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2015.08.005
  • Gerhart, J., Asvat, Y., Lattie, E., O’mahony, S., Duberstein, P., & Hoerger, M. (2016). Distress, delay of gratification and preference for palliative care in prostate cancer patients. Psycho-Oncology, 25, 91-96. doi:10.1002/pon.3822
  • Asvat, Y., Cao, D., Africk, J.J., Matthews, A., & King, A. (2014). Feasibility and effectiveness of a community-based smoking cessation intervention in a racially diverse, urban smoker cohort. American Journal of Public Health, 104(S4), S620-S627.
  • Asvat, Y., Malcarne, V.L., Sadler, G.R. & Jacobsen, P.B. (2014). Validity of the Multidimensional Fatigue Symptom Inventory-Short Form in an African American community-based sample. Ethnicity & Health, 19(6), 631-644. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2014.885933.
  • Phillips, K., Jim, H., McGinty, H., Cessna, J., Asvat, Y., Gonzalez, B., Hussin, M., Small, B., & Jacobsen, P. (2013). Cognitive functioning in adult cancer survivors previously treated with bone marrow transplant: A meta-analysis. Bone Marrow Transplantation, 48, 1350-1357.

Invited Presentations

  • Asvat, Y. (2015, October). “Life after Cancer: Optimizing Quality of Life for Cancer Survivors “. 18th International Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Conference. St. Louis, MO.
  • Asvat, Y. (2015, January). “Life after Cancer: Strategies for Taking Charge of your Health and Wellbeing.” Gilda’s Club. Chicago, IL.
  • Asvat, Y. (2014, September). “Management of Stress and Fatigue during Treatment for Multiple Myeloma.” Multiple Myeloma Support Group, Rush University Medical Center. Chicago, IL.
  • Asvat, Y. (2014, August). “Nuevos Paradigmas de Atención Integral en la Lucha contra el Cáncer (New Paradigms of Integrated Cancer Care)”. Outreach Office, Office of the First Lady of Panama. Panama City, Panama.