Nora Sporn

B.A. (2009) University of Michigan
Primary office:

Research Lab: The Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health and The Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition
Advisor: Dr. Ann Davis, KUMC Pediatrics
Research Interests: Obesity prevention and treatment, health communication, health literacy, preventive medicine, health promotion.


Peer Reviewed Publications:

Davis, A. M., Sampilo, M., Gallagher, K. S., Dean, K., Saroja, M. B., Yu, Q., . . . Sporn, N. (2015). Treating rural paediatric obesity through telemedicine vs. telephone: Outcomes from a cluster randomized controlled trial. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 1357633X15586642.

Sporn, N.J., Smith, K. B., Pirl, W. F., Lennes, I. T., Hyland, K., & Park, E. R. (2014). Sexual health communication between cancer survivors and providers: How frequently does this occur and which providers are preferred? Psycho-Oncology.

Hendriksen, E., Williams, E., Sporn, N., Greer, J., DeGrange, A., & Koopman, C. (2014). Worried together: a qualitative study of shared anxiety in patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer and their family caregivers. Supportive Care in Cancer, 1-7. doi: 10.1007/s00520-014-2431-9

Traeger, L., Park, E. R., Sporn, N., Repper-DeLisi, J., Convery, M. S., Jacobo, M., & Pirl, W. F. Development of a targeted psychological skills training for oncology nurses in managing stressful patient and family encounters. Oncology Nursing Forum, 40(4), E327-36.


Lee, E., DeGrange, A., Williams, E., Sporn, N. & Hendriksen, E.S. (2015).  Manifestations of anxiety and coping strategies in patients with metastatic lung cancer and their family caregivers: a qualitative study.  Presented at the 27th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, New York.

Sporn, N., Davis, A.M., Dean, K. (2014, October). Associations between psychological symptoms and health indicators in rural children prior to participating in pediatric obesity treatment programs. Presented at the 2014 National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Lawrence, KS.

Sporn, N., Smith, K.B., Pirl, W.F., Lennes, I.T., Park, E.R. (2013, May). Sexual health communication needs and preferences among cancer survivors. Presented at the 2013 New England Cancer Survivorship Conference, Boston, MA.

Hendriksen E.S., DeGrange, A., Sporn, N., Greer, J., Pirl, W., Park, E., Safren, S.A., Prigerson, H. (2013, March). Predictors of elevated anxiety in patients with Stage IV cancer and their informal caregivers. Presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco, California.

Sporn, N.J., Hendriksen, E., Greer, J.A., Prigerson, H.G. (2012, November). Coping, Social Support, and Emotional Well-Being in Caregivers of Patients with Advanced Cancer. Poster presentation at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 46th Annual Convention, National Harbor, MD.

Sporn, N.J. (2009, April). The effects of sex object, thin-ideal, and body part images on women’s body image. Poster presentation at the 2009 University of Michigan Undergraduate Psychology Research Forum, Ann Arbor, MI.

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