Eliza "Leeza" Park

Leeza Park, MD, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member and Assistant Professor in the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Psychiatry. Park’s primary goals are to elucidate the unique mental health and palliative care needs of parents affected by advanced cancer and develop evidence-based interventions to improve their health outcomes.

MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
UNC-Chapel Hill
Clinical Research

Area of interest

I am an early stage clinical investigator who bridges the fields of psychiatry, oncology, and palliative care. My research focuses on the mental health and palliative care outcomes of patients and families affected by advanced forms of cancer. I have obtained CTSA KL2 and pilot funding to examine the psychological concerns, treatment decision-making, and end-of-life outcomes of parents with advanced cancer who have dependent children. Related to this work, I have been the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on studies addressing bereavement patterns among widowed parents due to cancer, use of anti-depressant medications in cancer patients, and predictors of maternal depression.

Awards and Honors

2004 Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship Award, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2005 Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
2006 Benjamin Rush Prize in Psychiatry, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
2008 Excellence in Teaching Award, Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program
2009 Excellence in Teaching Award, Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program
2009 DuPont-Warren Fellowship Award, Harvard Medical School
2009 Livingston Fellowship Award, Harvard Medical School
2010 Best Trainee Poster Award, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine
2010 Joseph J. Schildkraut Award for Excellence in Research, Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program
2011 William Webb Award, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine
2015 Fellow, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine
2015 Dlin/Fischer Clinical Research Award, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

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Link to Publications on PubMed Central