As a health psychologist, my goal is to help patients manage the psychological and social (psychosocial) aspects that often accompany a medical condition. I specialize in the assessment and care of organ transplant patients.
The mind and body are closely connected; issues with one aspect can greatly impact the other. My philosophy is that any psychosocial issues a patient may experience throughout the transplant process should be addressed. Before transplant, I evaluate patients in an effort to identify and reduce any psychological and behavioral issues that may act as barriers to a successful outcome. I also provide psychological treatment for patients who have difficulty adjusting to life after a transplant.
My research stems from my work with organ transplant patients. I study the relationship between chronic illness or transplant and psychological aspects, such as depression, anxiety and quality of life.
I also serve on the OSU Comprehensive Transplant Center's Patient Selection Committees for Heart, Lung, Kidney, Pancreas, and Liver transplant.
- Specialize in health psychology for organ transplant patients
- Research focus: psychological effect of chronic illness, transplant
Specialties and conditions I treat
- Behavioral Medicine
- Health Behavior
- Cognitive Therapy
More about my work
Virginia Commonwealth University
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As of 03/25/2016, Dr. Kuntz has reported no financial relationships with medical device, research and/or drug companies.