Wayne A. Bardwell, Ph.D., M.B.A. 

Associate Adjunct Professor


Contact Information

Moores UCSD Cancer Center--Room 3087
3855 Health Sciences Drive MC0658
La Jolla, CA 92093-0658
T: (858) 822-0024
F: (858) 822-3449


Dr. Wayne A. Bardwell is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, and Director of the Patient and Family Support Service and the Doris A. Howell Palliative Care Service at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center. His Ph.D. is in Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology emphasis; he also has a Masters degree in Business Administration, Management Science emphasis. He completed his pre-doctoral internship in Primary Care and Behavioral Medicine at the VA Medical Center in Miami, FL, and a post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine research and clinical work in the UCSD Department of Psychiatry. He is licensed in the state of California as a Clinical Psychologist.

Research Interests

Research Focus

Dr. Bardwell’s research focuses on understanding links between physiological and psychosocial (depression, fatigue, sleep) functioning in chronic medical illness (breast cancer, obstructive sleep apnea). This includes identifying patient characteristics that explain physical and psychological sequelae, which have otherwise been attributed to the medical illness itself. Dr. Bardwell has been PI on three studies of longitudinal functioning in breast cancer and a clinical trial of a psychosocial intervention tailored to the needs of younger women with breast cancer, and co-investigator responsible for psychosocial assessment in the Women’s Healthy Eating and Living (WHEL) breast cancer study. He is also co-investigator on studies of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, and weight loss in breast cancer. His research also includes examining race/ethnicity/social class disparities in physical/mental functioning.

Clinical Focus

Dr. Bardwell’s clinical experience has included conducting individual and group psychotherapy for adult inpatients and outpatients with chronic and life-threatening medical illnesses (including breast and other cancers, spinal cord injury, chronic pain, HIV/AIDS). In addition, he has experience treating adult patients with mood, anxiety and behavioral disorders, and issues related to sexual orientation. Settings have included in- and outpatient oncology, inpatient physical medicine and rehabilitation, long-term care, ambulatory and primary care, residential substance abuse, psychiatric crisis facilities, and community mental health.


  • Bardwell WA, Natarajan L, Dimsdale JE, Rock CL, Mortimer JE, Hollenbach K, Pierce JP. Objective cancer-related variables are not associated with depressive symptoms in women treated for early-stage breast cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2006;24(16):2420-7. Accompanied by an editorial by Scheier MF and Helgeson VS. Really, disease doesn’t matter? Journal of Clinical Oncology 2006;24(16):2407-8.
  • Bardwell WA, Profant J, Casden D, Dimsdale JE, Ancoli-Israel S, Natarajan L, Rock CL, Pierce JP. The relative importance of specific risk factors for insomnia in women treated for early-stage breast cancer. Psycho-oncology 2008; 17(1):9-18.
  • Bardwell WA, Moore P, Ancoli-Israel S, Dimsdale JE. Fatigue in obstructive sleep apnea is driven by depressive symptoms and not apnea severity. American Journal of Psychiatry 2003;160(2):350-5.
  • Bardwell WA, Major JM, Rock CL, Newman V, Thomson C, Chilton JA, Dimsdale JE, Pierce JP for the Women's Healthy Eating & Living (WHEL) Study Group. Health-related quality of life in women previously treated for early-stage breast cancer. Psycho-oncology 2004;13(9):595-604.
  • Bardwell WA, Ancoli-Israel S, Dimsdale JE. Does obstructive sleep apnea confound sleep architecture findings in subjects with depressive symptoms. Biological Psychiatry 2000;48(10):1001-9.
  • Bardwell WA, Ancoli-Israel S, Dimsdale JE. Neuropsychological effects of one-week continuous positive airway pressure treatment in patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Psychosomatic Medicine 2001; 63(4):579-84.