Emily C. Soriano

Emily C. Soriano, MA earned her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Psychology at the University of Arizona. Currently, Emily is pursuing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Delaware.

Emily approaches psychotherapy with empathy and authenticity. Emily, an advanced (fifth-year) doctoral student, has acquired extensive experience and expertise that she is excited to share with CFCE. After completing advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), Emily focuses her clinical work on helping couples heal and strengthen their relationships. As an Extern, Emily is able to work with couples at a reduced fee.

Emily recently completed an externship at the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic of the Perry Point Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Maryland, where she provided psychotherapy and assessment services to Veterans with a wide range of difficulties (e.g., posttraumatic stress disorder, interpersonal difficulties, substance use, depression, psychosis, chronic pain) and clinical severity (mild distress to serious mental illness).

Prior to that, Emily was an extern at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center in Newark, Delaware, where she worked with cancer patients and their loved ones on an in- and outpatient basis. She also served as the psychological and behavioral health consultant, working alongside medical oncologists, surgeons, and other providers, on the breast cancer multidisciplinary conference team.

Emily’s clinical practice is informed by her extensive research background in relationship and clinical science. Emily has been conducting research on couples and close relationships in collaboration with internationally-recognized experts since 2011. She has published ten peer-reviewed articles in top journals in her field, including Family Process and Health Psychology, and presented her research at numerous conferences (browse Emily’s publications here: https://bit.ly/2B1QxUM). Much of Emily’s research has focused on understanding how couples can support each other when confronted with health adversity.

Emily’s contributions to relationship science and top-notch training record were recently recognized by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). Emily recently received NIH’s highly competitive National Research Service Award (NRSA), reserved for promising, highly trained predoctoral students, to fund her work for the next two years.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Emily’s publications in pdf format:

    1. Soriano, E. C., Perndorfer, C., Siegel, S. D., & Laurenceau, J.-P. (2018). Threat sensitivity and fear of cancer recurrence: A daily diary study of reactivity and recovery as patients and spouses face the first mammogram post-diagnosis. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1080/07347332.2018.1535532
      Soriano_Perndorfer et al_2018_Psycho-Oncology
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    3. Soriano, E. C., Pasipanodya, E. C., LoSavio, S. T., Otto, A. K., Perndorfer, C., Siegel, S. D., & Laurenceau, J.-P. (2018). Social constraints and fear of recurrence in couples coping with early-stage breast cancer. Health Psychology, 37(9), 874-884. doi:10.1037/hea0000649
      Soriano_Pasipanodya et al_2018_Health Psychology_874-884
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    5. Soriano, E. C., Perndorfer, C., Otto, A. K., Siegel, S. D., & Laurenceau, J.-P (2018). Does sharing good news buffer fear of bad news? A daily diary study of fear of cancer recurrence in couples approaching the first mammogram post-diagnosis. Psycho-Oncology, 27(11), 2581-2586. doi:10.1002/pon.4813
      Soriano_Perndorfer et al_2018_Psycho-Oncology
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    7. Soriano, E. C., Valera, R., Pasipanodya, E. C., Otto, A. K., Siegel, S. D., & Laurenceau, J.-P. (2018). Checking behavior, fear of recurrence, and daily triggers in breast cancer survivors. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1093/abm/kay033
      Soriano_Valera et al_2018_Annals of Behavioral Medicine
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    9. Perndorfer, C., Soriano, E. C., Siegel, S. D., & Laurenceau, J.-P. (2018). Everyday protective buffering predicts intimacy and fear of cancer recurrence in couples coping with early-stage breast cancer. Psycho-Oncology. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1002/pon.4942
      Perndorfer_Soriano et al_2018_Psycho-Oncology
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    11. Otto, A. K., Soriano, E. C., Siegel, S. D., LoSavio, S. T., & Laurenceau, J.-P. (2018). Assessing the relationship between fear of cancer recurrence and health care utilization in early-stage breast cancer survivors. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 12(6), 775-785. doi:10.1007/s11764-018-0714-8
      Otto_Soriano et al_2018_Journal of Cancer Survivorship_775-785
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    13. Soriano, E. C., Otto, A. K., Siegel, S. D., & Laurenceau, J.-P. (2017). Partner social constraints and early-stage breast cancer: Longitudinal associations with psychosexual adjustment. Journal of Family Psychology, 31, 574-583. doi:10.1037/fam0000302
      Soriano_Otto et al_2017_Journal of Family Psychology
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    15. Soriano, E. C., Rentscher, K. E., Rohrbaugh, M. J., Shoham, V., & Mehl, M. R. (2017). A Semantic corpus comparison analysis of couple-focused interventions for problematic alcohol use. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 24, 618-631. doi:10.1002/cpp.2030
      Soriano_Rentscher et al_2017_Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy
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    17. Rentscher, K. E., Soriano, E. C., Rohrbaugh, M. J., Shoham, V., & Mehl, M. R. (2017). Partner pronoun use, communal coping, and abstinence during couple-focused intervention for problematic alcohol use. Family Process, 56, 348-363. doi:10.1111/famp.12202
      Rentscher_Soriano et al_2017_Family Process
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    19. Otto, A. K., Szczesny, E. C., Soriano, E. C., Laurenceau, J.-P., & Siegel, S. D. (2016). Effects of a gratitude intervention on death-related fear of recurrence in breast cancer survivors. Health Psychology, 35, 1320-1328. doi:10.1037/hea0000400
      Otto_Szczesny et al_2016_Health Psychology_1320-1328