Kurrie Wells, PhD
Director of Mind-Body Medicine
Eastern Regional Medical Center
"I am proud to play a part of the integrated team of doctors and other care providers at CTCA, and to serve our patients and their families."
- Kurrie Wells, Ph.D.
- Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology - Rush University Medical Center
- Predoctoral Fellowship - Temple University Hospital
- Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Health Psychology - University of Miami
- Master of Science in Experimental Psychology - Villanova University
“I am proud to play a part of the integrated team of doctors and other care providers at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and to serve our patients and their families,” says Dr. Kurrie Wells, Director of Mind-Body Medicine at CTCA at Eastern Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Wells earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, where she was a member of several national honor societies. She then earned a Master of Science in Experimental Psychology, also at Villanova University, in 1999.
In 2006, she earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL, where she received several commendations for excellence in clinical skills, research, teaching and academic achievement.
Dr. Wells completed a predoctoral internship at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, focusing on the cardiac transplant, burn unit, physical medicine and rehabilitation, outpatient psychiatry, and crisis response center services. There, she received the Hedy K. Singer, PhD, Memorial Award for Excellence in Psychotherapy.
In 2009, Dr. Wells completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical health psychology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
During her academic training, Dr. Wells also gained significant clinical experience. While at the University of Miami, she was a research assistant and therapist on a clinical trial involving stress management intervention for women being treated for breast cancer.
From 2004 to 2006, she served as a crisis clinician with Princeton Healthcare System/Princeton House Behavioral Health, providing emergency psychiatric assessments of adolescent and adult patients. From 2006 to 2007, she was a clinical interviewer with MedAvante, Inc., where she conducted psychiatric assessments with patients enrolled in CNS clinical drug trials.
In 2010, Dr. Wells was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Hematology and Oncology and the Department of Behavioral Sciences’ Division of Psychosocial Oncology and Cancer Integrative Medicine at Rush University Medical Center, with her team twice receiving university awards. In this role, she functioned as the psychologist for hematology patients being treated at the FACT accredited Coleman Foundation Blood and Marrow Transplant Center.
Dr. Wells has conducted research on the psychological and physiological impact of stress and coping in patients being treated for cancer. While at Rush, she was the principal investigator on a project investigating the impact of stress and social support on immune recovery and health outcomes after stem cell transplant (supported by a grant from The Charles and Margaret Roberts Trust). Her work is published in several academic journals, and her research has been presented at several national meetings. She holds active licenses in clinical psychology in Pennsylvania and Illinois.
Dr. Wells joined CTCA in 2012 as Director of Mind-Body Medicine at Eastern. She provides supervisory services to our team of therapists and direct assessments of patients.
Dr. Wells works with patients and other staff members to make sure that patients receive the best emotional and psychosocial support during their treatment. She emphasizes the practice of evidence-based psychological treatment modalities in helping patients adjust emotionally to their treatment, as well as helping them manage some of the physical side effects of their disease and treatment. She also spearheads efforts to integrate these services into all of CTCA’s clinical programs, such as stem cell transplantation, surgery, and the Quality of Life clinic.