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David M. Latini, PhD

David Latini is a clinical psychologist focusing on quality of life and symptommanagement for bladder and prostate cancer survivors. His work has strong emphasis on improving access to cancer survivorship care for underserved groups, particularly persons with low health literacy and members of the LGBT community. In addition to his work in cancer survivorship, Dave works as a program evaluator for the VA’s Office of Academic Affiliations and Baylor College of Medicine on educational projects designed to increase interprofessional collaboration among medical, nursing, and other trainees in the VA system.

An important aspect of Dr. Latini’s work is the focus on understanding how to improve cancer outcomes for underserved groups, particularly people with low health literacy. He is currently funded to develop and evaluate a symptommanagement patient education program for low literacy men treated for localized prostate cancer. Building on his descriptive and intervention studies in prostate cancer, Dr. Latini is now conducting the basic psychosocial research necessary to understand the patient education needs of nonmuscle invasive bladder cancer patients. Later studies will modify his existing symptom management education program for prostate cancer patients to provide education for bladder cancer patients.

Dr. Latini’s work has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Mental Health, American Cancer Society, Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, Baylor College of Medicine, Mt. Zion Health Fund, and the pharmaceutical industry.