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Timothy Sannes, PhD

Timothy Sannes, PhD
University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Psychologist, Clinical Psychology Services
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine
Contact information

Anschutz Medical Campus Cancer Pavilion
1665 Aurora Ct, Room 4321
Aurora, CO 80045

​Dr. Sannes began his academic career working at his alma mater, UNC-Chapel Hill (go Heels!). This led to a research fellowship studying mind-body medicine at the NIH in Bethesda, MD. During his doctoral training at the University of Florida, Dr. Sannes focused on the study of psychoneuroimmunology - to better understand the processes and mechanisms by which psychological states are related to health and disease. He also remained involved in clinical research during internship with ongoing collaborations at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. 

Since moving to Colorado, Dr. Sannes has been funded on both a PCORI grant examining the well-being of caregivers of allogeneic stem cell transplant patients as well as a T32 in Palliative Care and Aging. During this time, he won national awards from the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society and the American Psychosomatic Society for his work. 

​​Since his time at the NIH, Dr. Sannes has been committed to the clinical care of cancer patients during graduate school; seeing patients as part of the bone marrow transplant, multi-disciplinary gastrointestinal oncology, inpatient rehabilitation and consultation-liaison services at UF. Following his graduate training at UF, he completed his clinical internship at the Puget Sound VA in Seattle, WA, immersing himself in physical rehabilitation, PTSD and primary care clinical teams. 

Dr. Sannes' extensive experience in palliative care allowed him to continue his interests in stress physiology, explore how to better engage caregivers and, importantly, how to interface with dynamic clinical teams in an effort to better support patients in meeting their goals of care.

Peer Reviewed Manuscripts
  • Sannes, T.S., Simoneau, T.L., Mikulich-Gilbertson, S.K., , Natvig, C.L., Brewer, B.W., Kilbourn, K., Laudenslager, M.L., Distress and Quality of Life in Patient and Caregiver Dyads Facing Stem Cell Transplant:  Identifying Overlap and Unique Contributions (in press; Supportive Care in Cancer)
  • Kirsch, J.L., Robinson, M.E., McCrae, C.S., Kacel, E., Wong, S., Patidar, S., Sannes, T.S., Garey, S.G., Castagno, J., Pereira, D.B., Associations Among Sleep Latency, Subjective Pain, and Thermal Pain Sensitivity in Gynecologic Cancer (in press, Pain Medicine)
  • Robin, T., Sannes, T.S., PhD; Feng-Ming Spring Kong, S.F., Mornex, F., Hirsch, F., Rusthoven, C.G., Gaspar, L.E. Physician Bias in Prophylactic Cranial Irradiation Decision Making-Opportunity for a Patient Decision Aid (in press; Clinical Lung Cancer)
  • Sannes, T.S., Mikulich-Gilbertson, S.K., Natvig, C.L., Brewer, B.W., Simoneau, T.L., Laudenslager, M.L., (in press). Caregiver Sleep and Patient Neutrophil Engraftment in Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant: A Secondary Analysis. Cancer Nursing. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000447
  • Sannes, T.S., Mikulich-Gilbertson, S.K.; Benitez, P.A., Phillips, S.J, Natvig, C.L. and Laudenslager, M.L. Intraindividual Cortisol Variability and Psychological Functioning in Caregivers of Bone Marrow Transplant Patients. Psychosomatic Medicine 2016 Feb-Mar;78(2):242-7. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000272.
  • Sannes, T.S., Dolan, E.D., Albano, D.L., Ceballos, R., McGregor, B.A. Stress Management Reduces Intraindividual Cortisol Variability, while not impacting other Measures of Cortisol Rhythm, in a Group of Women at Risk for Breast Cancer. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. Volume 79, Issue 5, November 2015, Pages 412–419. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2015.09.012
  • McGregor, B.A., Dolan, E.D., Murphy, K.M. Sannes, T.S., Highland, K.B., Albano, D.L., Ward, A.A., Charbonneau, A.M., Medick, T., Redman, M., & Ceballos, R. Cognitive behavioral stress management for healthy women at risk for breast cancer: A novel application of a proven intervention. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Volume 49, Issue 6 (2015), Page 873-884. doi: 10.1007/s12160-015-9726-z
  • Shahidi, B., Sannes, T.S., Laudenslager, M.L., & Maluf K., (2015). Cortisol Awakening Response Predicts Cardiovascular Response to Acute Psychosocial Stress in Individuals with Chronic Neck Pain. Physiology and Behavior. Oct 15;150:93-8. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2015.02.010 
  • Mansky, P.J., Wallerstedt, D.B., Sannes, T.S., Stagl, J., Johnson, L.L., Blackman, M.R., Grem, J.L., Swain, S.S., & Monahan, B.P. (2013). NCCAM/NCI Phase 1 study of mistletoe extract and gemcitabine in patients with advanced solid tumors. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. doi: org/10.1155/2013/964592
  • Sannes, T.S., Jensen, S.E., Dodd, S.M., Kneipp, S.M., Garey, S.L., Patidar, S.M., Marsiske, M.M., Lutgendorf, S.L., Morgan, L.S., & Pereira, D.B. (2013). Depressive symptoms and cortisol variability prior to surgery for suspected endometrial cancer. Psychoneuroendocrinology. Feb;38(2):241-9. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2012.06.001.
  • Pereira, D.B., Sannes, T.S., Dodd, S.M., Jensen, S.E., Morgan, L.S., & Chan, E.K. (2010).  Life stress, negative mood states, and antibodies to heat shock protein 70 in endometrial cancer. Brain, Behavior and Immunity. Feb;24 (2):210-4. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2009.08.008
  • Sannes, T., Mansky, P.J., & Chesney, M.A. (2008). The need for attention to dose in mind-body interventions: Lessons from Tai Chi clinical trials.  The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.  Jul;14(6): 645-653. doi:10.1089/acm.2007.0680
  • Mansky, P., Sannes, T., Wallerstedt, D., Ge A., Johnson LL., Chesney M., & Gerber, L. (2006). Tai Chi Chuan: Mind-Body practice or exercise intervention?  Studying the benefit for cancer survivors. Integrative Cancer Therapies. Sep;5 (3): 192-201.

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

  • Sannes, T.S. and Kluger, B.S. (in press). Caregiver Assessment and Support. Holloway, R., Kluger, B. and Creutzfeldt, C.J. (Eds.) Handbook of Neuropalliative Care.
  • Sannes, T.S. and Laudenslager, M.L. (in press). Caregiving: Chronic Stress and Aging in Psychoneuroimmunology. Opp, M.R. (Ed.) Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society, Primer of PNI Research. 
  • Brewer, B.B., Sannes, T.S., Laudenslager, M.L., (in press). Caregivers of Patients with Cancer: An Often Hidden Casualty. G. Colditz, (Ed.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society, Second Edition. SAGE Publishing.
  • McCutcheon, S.R. & Sannes, T.S. (2015). Clinical Internship. In R. Cautin & S. Lilienfeld (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.  DOI: 10.1002/9781118625392.wbecp497
  • Pereira, D.B. & Sannes, T.S. (2013). Genital herpes.  In M.D. Gellman & J.R. Turner (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine.  New York, N.Y.:  Springer Publishing Company

​Dr. Sannes remains engaged in teaching at the School of Medicine; primarily through individual mentorship to students with his affiliation with Behavioral Immunology and Endocrinology Laboratory (BIEL). This includes mentoring medical students and residents in their work in the BIEL, as well as serving on the dissertation committees of doctoral students at the University of Colorado Denver’s Clinical and Health Psychology program. He also lectures to various Grand Rounds across campus and teaches to the Palliative Medicine Fellowship Didactics series. ​