Karen Weihs, MD

Associate Professor, Psychiatry
Medical Director, Psychosocial Oncology Program Comprehensive Member

Arizona Cancer Center
University of Arizona Medical Center
1501 N Campbell Ave. Room 7306D
P.O. Box 245002
Tucson, AZ 85724-5002

(520) 626-8940
Email Address: 

Fax: (520) 626-6050

  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1979 (M.D.)
  • York Hospital, York, Pennsylvania 1979-1981 (Internship, Family Medicine)
  • Hunterdon Medical Center, 1982 (Residency, Family Medicine)
  • University of Wisconsin, 1986-1989 (Residency, Psychiatry)
  • University of Wisconsin, 1989-1991 (Residency, Child Psychiatry)
Honors & Awards: 
  • Regional Trustee, The American Medical Student Association, 1978
  • Outstanding Educator Award- Department of Family Medicine, Brown University , 1986
  • Charter Fellow, American Assn. of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training, 1990
  • Scientist Development Award for Clinicians, National Institutes of Mental Health, 1991-1996
  • Best Poster, Conference on the (Non) Expression of Emotions in Health and Disease, Tilburg, Holland 1996
  • Fellow, American Psychiatric Association, 2003
  • Fellow, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, 2004
  • Comprehensive Member, Arizona Cancer Center, 2004
  • The Outstanding Clinical Care Award, American Psychosocial Oncology Society, 2008
Major Areas of Research Interest: 

Psychosocial Oncology including biological mediators of psychosocial risk
Vulnerability to stress induced depression
Preventive Interventions for depression

Students will have the opportunity to participate in federally funded research projects to gain experience in research design, conduct, data analysis and publication

Selected Publications: 

Michael YL, Carlson NE, Chlebowski RT, Aickin M, Weihs KL, Ockene JK, Bowen DJ,
Ritenbaugh C: Influence of stressors on breast cancer incidence in the Women’s Health Initiative, Health Psychology, in press.

Weihs KL, Enright TM, Simmens S: Response to Coyne: Was it shown that close relationships predict breast cancer outcome? Psychosomatic Medicine, 70: 737-740, 2008.

Weihs KL, Enright T, Simmens S: Close relationships and emotional processing predict decreased mortality in women with breast cancer: Preliminary Evidence. Psychosomatic Medicine, 70(1): 117–124, 2008.

Politi MC, Enright TM, & Weihs KL: The effects of age and emotional acceptance on distress among breast cancer patients. Supportive Care in Cancer, 15(1), 73-79. DOI: 10.1007/s00520-006-0098-6, 2007.

NIH High School Student Research Program: 

-Taylor Jaye Miranda, Flowing Wells High School, 2011

Last Updated: 
November 18, 2015