about brenda

As the Director of Behavioral Medicine at regional and nationally recognized cancer centers, Stockdale synthesizes relevant research into clinical practice through the design and implementation of evidence-based biobehavioral programming. As a result of this rigor, her work is nationally recognized and endorsed by leading specialists in multiple disciplines. For two-decades her programs have been implemented in major cancer centers and other healthcare organizations. In addition to her private practice, Stockdale is a consultant for corporate and health care organizations and developed a health psychology program for primary care settings specializing in preventive medicine, autoimmunity and stress-related conditions.

Stockdale was the clinical assistant for the national psychoneuroimmunology program Getting Well and later, as the National Program Director for ECaP (founded by Bernie Siegel, MD), Brenda designed ECaP’s first hospital-based psychooncology program (instituted at The Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center of New England, treating 50,000 patients annually) and co-created ECaP’s national retreats for people with life-challenging illness.

Brenda’s flagship 6-week program, featured in her book, You Can Beat the Odds, has been praised by Harvard scientists, oncologists and epidemiologists as “as a prescription, in and of itself, for maximizing one’s health” and “the health book to read this year.”


Brenda has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, NPR, ABC radio and in a variety of print media including Bottom Line Health, Good Housekeeping, ‘O’ The Oprah Magazine and Natural Health.

In addition to speaking at conferences for health professionals, corporate and special interest groups, Brenda is an invited presenter at continuing medical education (CME) conferences for physicians on the role of behavioral medicine in prevention, oncology, cardiology, and more. For all working in healthcare, she champions a “heal the healer” focus on preventing burnout and best-practices for self-care. While Stockdale is a clinician in the field of behavioral medicine, it is her own experience with life-altering and catastrophic illness that anchors the subject in an intimate way.

Brenda’s Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in Behavioral Science and Health Psychology are from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she is earning her doctorate. She completed a clinical training program in Mind/Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School, is a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant and Educator (serving on the Professional Standards Committee), Certified Wellness Practitioner, an Honorary Professor at the Academy of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, and the recipient of a Hambidge Fellowship.