Michael Hoerger, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry Tulane Cancer Center Contributing Member in the Clinical Program

School of Medicine
Michael Hoerger, PhD


Dr. Hoerger completed an NIH National Research Service Award fellowship in Healthcare Decision Making at the University of Rochester Medical Center in 2013. He received his B.S. in psychology from Michigan State University in 2005 and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Central Michigan University in 2010, while completing an American Psychological Association accredited internship at URMC the same year. Dr. Hoerger came to Tulane in 2013. His research focuses on translational psychological science, aimed at using basic psychological discoveries to improve public health for the nation. Much of his research focuses on how personality and emotion science can be applied to enhance decision-making in high-stakes contexts, such as healthcare. By helping patients with cancer and their families to make healthcare decisions, Dr. Hoerger hopes to reduce the emotional burden of the decision-making process while simultaneously enhancing healthcare outcomes. He welcomes interdisciplinary collaborations. Beyond research, he has participated actively in teaching, mentoring, providing clinical services to underserved members of the community, and engaging with the community on issues related to work, education, and health.


Hoerger, M., Chapman, B. P., Prigerson, H. G., Fagerlin, A., Mohile, S. G., Epstein, R. M., Lyness, J. M., & Duberstein, P. R. (in press). Personality change pre- to post- loss in spousal caregivers of patients with terminal lung cancer. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Hoerger, M., Epstein, R. M., Winters, P. C., Fiscella, K., Duberstein, P. R., Gramling, R., Butow, P. N., Mohile, S. G., Kaesberg, P. R., Tang, W., Plumb, S., Walczak, A., Back, A. L., Tancredi, D., Venuti, A., Cipri, C., Escalera, G., Ferro, C., Gaudion, D., Hoh, B., Leatherwood, B., Lewis, L., Robinson, M., Sullivan, P., & Kravitz, R. L. (2013). Values and Options in Cancer Care (VOICE): Study design and rationale for a patient-centered communication and decision-making intervention for physicians, patients with advanced cancer, and their caregivers. BMC Cancer, 13.

Hoerger, M., Chapman, B., Ma, Y., Tu, X., Useda, J. D., Hirsch, J., & Duberstein, P. (2011). Agreement between informant and self-reported personality in depressed older adults: What are the roles of medical illness and cognitive function? Psychology and Aging, 26, 1000-1006.

Janosky, J. E., Leininger, S. L., Hoerger, M., & Libkuman, T. M. (2009). Single subject designs in biomedicine. New York: Springer.