June 14, 2017

Karen Weihs, M.D.

Karen Weihs, M.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, with Tenure
Medical Director, Psychosocial Oncology Services, The University of Arizona

University of Arizona


Dr. Weihs is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Psychiatry. She is the Medical Director for Supportive Care for Healing and Psychosocial Oncology at the Cancer Center. She completed medical school at the University of Iowa, followed by her residency training in Family Medicine. She studied Family Therapy at the Ackerman Institute during her Family Medicine residency. After four years on the faculty of the Department of Family Medicine at Brown University, she returned to residency training at the University of Wisconsin, Department of Psychiatry where she completed training in Adult and Child Psychiatry. Dr. Weihs launched her research career at the Center for Family Research at the George Washington University. She was federally funded to study families and illness, as well as teaching brief psychotherapy for psychiatry residents, providing psychiatric care for cancer patients and directing the Clinical Psychiatric Research Center for the conduct of clinical trials of pharmacologic interventions for anxiety and depressive disorders. Dr. Weihs’ current research aims to improve knowledge of how to prevent depression in patients with cancer and their family members, as well as to effectively treat stress and depression when they occur in cancer patients.

Title of Grant Funded:
Depression Care in Cancer Patients: Adapting a Model from Primary Care