Karen Leslie Syrjala Ph.D., M.A. Accepting new patients

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Mental health care, Oncology, Psychology




Karen Syrjala, Ph.D., M.A., is a psychologist at SCCA and a UW professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Syrjala provides care to patients during and after cancer treatment. She considers caring for people as they experience the challenges that cancer brings into their lives a privilege. She believes that helping them take charge of those experiences and make choices that respect their own priorities is the most rewarding part of her work.

Dr. Syrjala earned her Ph.D. at Boston University. Her clinical interests include cancer survivorship, cancer treatment side effects, emotional distress, cognitive problems, post-traumatic stress, physical activity and hypnosis for managing symptoms. Her research interests include defining problems and solutions for cancer survivors, especially young adults, strategies for meeting healthcare and wellness needs of cancer survivors and using technology to provide for long-term needs of cancer survivors..

Personal Interests

In her free time Dr. Syrjala enjoys sailing, rowing, growing grapes and making wine, designing home spaces, and especially get-togethers with her large family and time with close friends.
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance at South Lake Union

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance at South Lake Union

825 Eastlake Ave. E Seattle, WA 98109


Breast cancer, Cancer care, Colorectal cancer, Gynecologic oncology

SCCA Outpatient Clinic at South Lake Union

825 Eastlake Ave E. Seattle, WA 98109


Cancer care, Oncology

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Hospital at UWMC

825 Eastlake Ave. E Seattle, WA 98109-102


Cancer care, Oncology

Boston Univ., Clinical Psychology

Medical education, 1983

University Hospital(Boston)

Internship, Psychology

UW - Dept. of Anesthesiology

Fellowship, Pain Management