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random samPle Sara J. Knight, PhD Knight explains, and it’s not always clear which one best fits their needs. Her aim is to build measures of patient goals and values that can help patients make those difficult decisions. One such instrument is the Values Insight and Balance Evaluation scales (VIBEs). “It’s not intended to give the patient a treatment choice,” Knight explains. “Basically, it helps facilitate a discussion about the choice.” A prostate cancer patient with a nonaggressive tumor might let concerns about being there to take care of his family steer him toward unnecessarily aggressive treatment, for example — a finding that would prompt an explanation by an oncologist or urologist about the risks that such treatment can pose. n A wistful motorcyclist: Knight used to be an avid long-distance motorcyclist. “I’ve taken some wonderful trips on my motorcycle,” she says, recalling long journeys through the Rocky Mountains and cross-country to the East Coast. Although she still owns her 1986 BMW, she doesn’t take it out anymore, feeling that she doesn’t ride often enough to be safe. These days, Knight and her husband — a one-time motorcycle safety instructor and now a VA psychologist himself — are more interested in their pets than their motorcycles. The couple has three rescued greyhounds and two cats. “You can’t take a greyhound with you on a motorcycle,” Knight laughs. “And three won’t fit in a sidecar!” n —R.A. ClAy Passionate health psychologist, cancer researcher and one-time avid motorcyclist. n Member since: 1986 n What she does: Knight studies how to help cancer patients make better decisions about their treatment options. She is the acting director of an interdisciplinary program to improve care for veterans with complex, comorbid conditions at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and a professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Knight spent the early part of her career working as a psychologist in health settings before deciding she could make a bigger impact as a researcher. In 1999, she received a career development award from the VA and retrained as a researcher. She now devotes 100 percent of her time to health services research. n A passion for health psychology: Since earning her doctorate in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University in 1985, Knight has spent her career in medical centers — an interest she attributes to her parents’ illnesses. Her mother had multiple sclerosis, and both parents had cancer; they died soon after Knight finished her dissertation. n focused on decision-making: Cancer patients are often confronted with multiple treatment options, Each month, “Random Sample” profiles an APA member. You may be next. 29 n ov e M b e r 2 0 1 1 • M o n i to r o n p s yc h o l o g y

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Monitor on Psychology - November 2011

Monitor on Psychology - November 2011
President’s Column
Guest Column
‘Grand Challenges’ offers blueprint for mental health research
Documentary seeks to reach parents of LGBT kids
Treating veterans will cost at least $5 billion by 2020
Selfless volunteering might lengthen your life
Combat and stress up among U.S. military in Afghanistan
South Africa to host international psychology conference
Study uncovers a reason behind sex differences in mental illness
Navy psychologist gives a voice to combat trauma
In Brief
Psychologist suicide
On Your Behalf
Journey back to Heart Mountain
Psychology is key to pain management, report finds
ACT goes international
Judicial Notebook
Random Sample
Time Capsule
Science Watch
Behavior change in 15-minute sessions?
Health-care reform 2.0
Perspective on Practice
Giving a heads up on concussion
Practice Profile
Searching for meaning
Inspiring young researchers
Aging, with grace
Public Interest
Thank you!
APA News
Division Spotlight
American Psychological Foundation
The man who gave Head Start a start

Monitor on Psychology - November 2011