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Desiree Azizoddin, PsyD
Family and Preventive Medicine

Desiree Azizoddin, PsyD

Assistant Professor

Health Promotion Research Center

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

655 Research Parkway, Suite 400

Oklahoma City, OK  73104

(405) 271-6872

Desiree Azizoddin is a behavioral scientist and pain psychologist at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Stephenson Cancer Center. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and an affiliate research faculty member at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Her research specializes in developing novel behavioral pain management interventions for patients with cancer who are using opioids. Dr. Azizoddin is a 2020 National Palliative Care Research Center grantee for the Jack Kornfeld Scholars Award.


Degree-Granting Education:

  • University of California, Irvine - Psychology and Social Behavior, BA
  • Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California, MA and PsyD
  • Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Residency in Health Psychology

Postgraduate Education:

  • Clinical Fellowship in Pain Psychology, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
  • Research Fellowship in Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care Research, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA



  • National Palliative Care Research Center
  • David Lynch Foundation
  • NIH

Select Publications:


  1. Azizoddin DR, Beck M, Flowers M, Wilson JM, Chai P, Johnsky L, Cremone G, Edwards R, Hasdianda A, Boyer E, Schreiber K. (2022) Psychological Evaluation of Cancer Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department with Pain: Independent Predictors of Worse Pain Severity, Interference, and Higher Hourly Opioid Administration. Journal of Clinical Oncology-Oncology Practice. Epub ahead of print.
  2. Azizoddin DR, Schreiber K, Beck MR, Enzinger AC, Hruschak V, Allsop M, Edwards R, Darnall B, Tulsky J, Boyer E, Mackey S. (2021) Chronic pain severity, impact, and opioid use among patients with cancer: An analysis of biopsychosocial factors using the CHOIR learning health care system. Cancer, 127(17): 3254-3263. DOI: 10.1002/cncr.33645
  3. Crespi C, Adams L, Gray TF, Azizoddin DR. (2021) An integrative review of the role of nurses in fertility preservation for adolescents and young adults with cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 48(5): 491-505. DOI: 10.1188/21.ONF.491-505    (mentee project)
  4. Azizoddin DR, Adam R, Kessler D, Wright A, Kematick B, Sullivan C, Zhang H, Hassett M, Cooley M, Enzinger A. (2021) Leveraging mobile health technology and research methodology to optimize patient education and self-management support for advanced cancer pain. Supportive Care in Cancer, 29(10): 5741-5751. DOI: 10.1007/s00520-021-06146-4
  5. Azizoddin DR, Knoerl R, Adam R, Kessler D, Tulsky JA, Edwards RR, Enzinger A. (2021) Cancer pain self-management in the context of a national opioid epidemic: Experiences of patients with advanced cancer using opioids. Cancer, 127(17): 3239-3245. DOI: 10.1002/cncr.33532
  6. Schreiber KL, Zinboonyahgoon N, Hruschak V, Flowers KM, Schwarts E, Patton M, Azizoddin DR, Soens M, Pusic A, King T, Dominici L, Fields KG, Edwards RR. (2021) Prediction of persistent pain severity and impact 12 months after breast surgery using comprehensive preoperative assessment of biopsychosocial pain modulators. Annals of Surgical Oncology, 28(9): 5015-5038. DOI: 10.1245/s10434-020-09479-2
  7. Hruschak V, Flowers KM, Azizoddin DR, Jamison RN, Edwards RR, Schreiber K. (2021) Cross-sectional study of psychosocial and pain-related variables among patients with chronic pain during a time of social distancing imposed by the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Pain, 162(2): 619-629. DOI: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000002128
  8. Azizoddin DR, Lakin JR, Hauser J, Rynar LZ, Weldon C, Molokie R, Enzinger A, Payvar D, Martin J. (2020) Meeting the guidelines: Implementing a distress screening intervention for veterans with cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 29(12): 2067-2074. DOI: 10.1002/pon.5565
  9. Azizoddin DR, Vella Gray K, Dundin A, Szyld D. (2020) Bolstering clinician resilience through an interprofessional, web-based nightly debriefing program for emergency departments during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 34(5): 711-715. DOI: 10.1080/13561820.2020.1813697
  10. Chai PR, Schwartz E, Hasdianda MA, Azizoddin DR, Kikut A, Jambaulikar GD, Edwards RR, Boyer EW, Schreiber KL. (2020) A brief music app to address pain in the emergency department: Prospective study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22(5): e18537. DOI: 10.2196/18537
  11. Azizoddin DR, Enzinger AC, Wright AA, Yusofov M, Tulsky JA, Campbell EG, Bolcic-Jankovic D, Nayak M, Braun I. (2020) Oncologists’ perspectives on medical marijuana use by older adults. Journal of Geriatric Oncology, 11(6): 1034-1037. DOI: 10.1016/j.jgo.2019.12.014
  12. Gray TF*, Azizoddin DR*, Nersesian PV. (2020) Loneliness among cancer caregivers: A narrative review. Palliative and Supportive Care, 18(3): 359-367. DOI: 10.1017/S1478951519000804
  13. Azizoddin DR, Jolly M, Arora S, Yelin E, Katz P. (2020) Longitudinal study of fatigue, stress, and depression: Role of reduction in stress toward improvement in fatigue. Arthritis Care & Research, 72(10): 1440-1448. DOI: 10.1002/acr.24052
  14. Gholizadeh S, Azizoddin DR, Kala’aukahi Potemra HK, Wallace DJ, Weisman MH, Nicassio PM. (2019) Body image mediates the impact of pain on depressive symptoms in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Lupus, 28(9): 1148-1153. DOI: 10.1177/0961203319861675
  15. Sumner LA, Olmstead R, Azizoddin DR, Ormseth SR, Draper TL, Olmstead R, Ayeroff JR, Weisman MH, Zamora-Racaza G, Nicassio PM. (2020) The contributions of socioeconomic status, perceived stress, and depression to disability in adults with systemic lupus erythematosus. Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation, 42(9): 1264-1269. DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1522550
  16. Azizoddin DR, Gandhi N, Weinberg S, Nicassio PM, Jolly M. (2019) Fatigue in systemic lupus: The role of disease activity and its correlates. Lupus, 28(2): 163-173. DOI: 10.1177/0961203318817826
  17. Azizoddin DR, Jolly M, Arora S, Yelin E, Katz P. (2019) Patient-reported outcomes predict mortality in lupus. Arthritis Care & Research, 71(8): 1028-1035. DOI: 10.1002/ACR.23734    (Editor’s Pick)
  18. Gholizadeh S, Azizoddin DR, Kala’aukahi Potemra HK, Wallace DJ, Weisman MH, Nicassio PM. (2018) Psychometric validation of the Arthritis Helplessness Index in systemic lupus erythematosus. Lupus, 27(12): 1980-1984. DOI: 10.1177/0961203318791765
  19. Mills SD, Azizoddin DR, Nicassio PM, Zamora-Racaza G. (2018) The mediational role of helplessness in psychological outcomes in systemic lupus erythematosus. Lupus, 27(7): 1185-1189. DOI: 10.1177/0961203317751046
  20. Azizoddin DR, Weinberg S, Gandhi N, Arora S, Sequeira W, Block JA, Jolly M. (2018) Validation of the LupusPRO Version 1.8: An update to a disease-specific patient-reported outcome tool for systemic lupus erythematosus. Lupus, 27(5): 728-737. DOI: 10.1177/0961203317739128
  21. Mills SD, Azizoddin D, Racaza GZ, Wallace DJ, Weisman MH, Nicassio PM. (2017) The psychometric properties of the Perceived Stress Scale-10 among patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Lupus, 26(11): 1218-1223. DOI: 10.1177/0961203317701844
  22. Azizoddin DR, Zamora-Racaza G, Ormseth SR, Sumner LA, Cost C, Ayeroff JR, Draper T, Weisman MH, Nicassio PM. (2017) Psychological factors that link socioeconomic status to depression/anxiety in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 24(3-4): 302-315. DOI: 10.1007/s10880-017-9505-Z
  23. Azizoddin DR, Olmstead R, Cost C, Jolly M, Ayeroff J, Racaza G, Sumner LA, Weisman M, Nicassio PM. (2017) A multi-group confirmatory factor analyses of the LupusPRO between southern California and Filipino samples of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Lupus, 26(9): 967-974. DOI: 10.1177/0961203316686706
  24. Zamora-Racaza G, Azizoddin DR, Ishimori ML, Ormseth SR, Wallace DJ, Penserga EG, Sumner L, Ayeroff J, Draper T, Nicassio PM, Weisman MH. (2018) Role of psychosocial reserve capacity in anxiety and depression in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases, 21(4): 850-858 DOI: 10.1111/1756-185X.13033