The Team


The Widowed Parent project is housed within the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Team Members

Donald Rosenstein, MD
Dr. Rosenstein is psychiatrist and Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he is Director of the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program and Director of the Division of Hospital Psychiatry.

After earning an undergraduate degree in psychology from Wesleyan University, Dr. Rosenstein earned his medical degree from Northwestern University School of Medicine and completed his residency training in psychiatry at Yale University. He came to UNC in 2009 after an 18 year career at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) where he held several leadership positions including NIMH Clinical Director, Chief of the NIH Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Service, and Chair of both the Clinical Center Ethics Committee and the NIMH Institutional Review Board.

Dr. Rosenstein serves as the 2017-2018 president of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society.

Justin Yopp, PhD
Dr. Yopp is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program where he directs pediatric psycho-oncology consultation services. He also focuses his clinical practice on meeting the psychosocial needs of parents diagnosed with cancer who have children in the home.

Dr. Yopp earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from Appalachian State University and his Master's and Doctoral degrees from Central Michigan University. He completed his internship and fellowship training at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio before working in the Department of Psychology at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He joined the UNC faculty in 2009.

Eliza M. Park, MD
Dr. Park is a psychiatrist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program where her clinical practice focuses on the supportive care of adults affected by cancer. She has a special interest in women's health and the effects of medical illness on parents.

Dr. Park earned her undergraduate degree in history from Yale University, her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, her residency training in psychiatry at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program/Harvard Medical School and fellowship training in psychosomatic medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She joined the faculty at UNC in 2011.

Teresa Edwards, MA
Ms. Edwards is the Assistant Director for Survey Research at the H.W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science and manages the survey data collection for the Widowed Parent project. She provides survey design consultation to UNC faculty, staff, and students, and teaches in the Institute's graduate level Certificate Program in Survey Methodology.

Ms. Edwards earned her Master’s degree in Applied Social Research from the University of Michigan. She has over 25 years of experience in the survey methodology field, including 14 years at RTI International before joining the Odum Institute in 2003.

Allison Deal, MS
Ms. Deal is a senior biostatistician and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Biostatistics Core Facility who conducts statistical analyses for the Widowed Parent project. Since joining Lineberger in 2007, she has collaborated with oncology researchers of all specialties and assisted in grant and protocol submissions, statistical analyses, and abstract and manuscript preparations.

After earning undergraduate degrees in math and statistics from Penn State University, Ms. Deal earned her Master’s degree in biostatistics at UNC.

Caitlin Schille, MPH
Ms. Schille is the research coordinator for the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital. She is involved with numerous aspects of the Widowed Parent project, devoting many of her talents to survey design.

After earning her undergraduate degree in public health from Brigham Young University, Ms. Schille earned a Master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan. Prior to coming to UNC, she worked in health education and health promotion.

Stephanie Chien, BSPH
Ms. Chien is a research assistant with the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program. In her role with the Widowed Parent project, she helps with survey design and website content. Ms. Chien is interested in studying end-of-life communication between patients, families, and medical teams.

Ms. Chien earned her undergraduate degree in public health from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC.


To reach the team, please send an email to widowedparent@unc.edu.