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Ethan G Lester, Ph.D.


University of North Texas, Denton, TXBS05/2014Psychology
University of North Texas, Denton, TXMS12/2016Psychology
University of North Texas, Denton, TXPhD08/2019Clinical Psychology
Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MAClinical Fellowship07/2019Clinical Psychology
Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MAPostdoctoral Fellowship12/2020Clinical Psychology
2021 - 2022
Heitman Fellowship (Hemorrhagic Stroke)

I am a clinical psychologist with applied experience and specialized training in treating and researching neurological illnesses through cognitive behavioral and behavioral medicine interventions. Clinically, I possess evidence-based skills in state-of-the-art third-wave cognitive-behavioral therapies (dialectical behavioral therapy and acceptance-based interventions), trauma-informed care, mindfulness, and other contemplative techniques (mindfulness-based stress reduction, mindfulness meditation, vipassana).

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  1. MGH/HMS (LESTER, ETHAN) Jul 1, 2021
    Heitman Fellowship (Young Investigator Career Development Award)
    Understanding the interplay between lifestyle factors and emotional distress for survivors with hemorrhagic stroke and their informal caregivers: A mixed methods dyadic natural history study
    Role: Principle Investigator
  2. Foundation (LESTER & VRANCEANU) Sep 1, 2019 - Aug 31, 2021
    NF Northeast Inc, NF Midwest Foundation, and Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation
    In Need and Hard to Reach: Adaptation of an evidence-based neurofibromatosis resiliency training program for web-based delivery
    Role Description: Adaptation of a mind-body program to a web-based platform for patients with neurofibromatoses
    Role: Co-Investigator
  3. R21NR017979 (VRANCEANU, ANA-MARIA) Sep 26, 2018 - Aug 31, 2021
    Recovering Together: Building resiliency in dyads of patients admitted to the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and their caregivers
    Role: Study Clinician
  4. W81XWH-17-1-0121 (VRANCEANU, ANA-MARIA) May 1, 2017 - Apr 30, 2021
    Department of Defense
    Resiliency training for geographically diverse patients with neurofibromatosis via live videoconferencing
    Role: Study Clinician

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  1. Lester EG, Wang KE, Blakeley JO, Vranceanu AM. Occurrence and Severity of Suicidal Ideation in Adults With Neurofibromatosis Participating in a Mind-Body RCT. Cogn Behav Neurol. 2023 Jan 19. PMID: 36651958.
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  2. Vranceanu AM, Woodworth EC, Kanaya MR, Bannon S, Mace RA, Manglani H, Duarte BA, Rush CL, Choukas NR, Briskin EA, Cohen J, Parker R, Macklin E, Lester E, Traeger L, Rosand J, Grunberg VA. The Recovering Together study protocol: A single-blind RCT to prevent chronic emotional distress in patient-cargiver dyads in the Neuro-ICU. Contemp Clin Trials. 2022 Dec; 123:106998. PMID: 36368480.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  3. Lester EG, Shankar G. A Clinical Psychologist's Reflections on the Process of Electing for Neurosurgery. J Patient Exp. 2022; 9:23743735221119023. PMID: 35957652; PMCID: PMC9358335.
  4. Bannon SM, Grunberg VA, Manglani HR, Lester EG, Ritchie C, Vranceanu AM. Together from the start: A transdiagnostic framework for early dyadic interventions for neurodegenerative diseases. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2022 06; 70(6):1850-1862. PMID: 35435998; PMCID: PMC9177630.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  5. Sagar I, Popok PJ, Reichman M, Lester EG, Doorley J, Bakhshaie J, Vranceanu AM. Orthopedic Providers' Preferences for Education and Training on Psychosocial Clinical Research Initiatives: A Qualitative Investigation. J Patient Exp. 2022; 9:23743735221092570. PMID: 35450087; PMCID: PMC9016593.
  6. Presciutti A, Greenberg J, Lester E, Newman MM, Elmer J, Shaffer JA, Vranceanu AM, Perman SM. Mindfulness is inversely associated with psychological symptoms in long-term cardiac arrest survivors. J Behav Med. 2022 08; 45(4):643-648. PMID: 35157171; PMCID: PMC8853140.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Lester EG, Fishbein NS, Higgins O, Rosand J, Vranceanu AM. Understanding the interplay between lifestyle factors and emotional distress for hemorrhagic stroke survivors and their informal caregivers: Protocol for a mixed methods dyadic natural history study. PLoS One. 2022; 17(1):e0261635. PMID: 35061739; PMCID: PMC8782334.
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  8. Lester EG, Popok PJ, Grunberg VA, Baez A, Herrawi F, Vranceanu AM. Stopping to Listen: Using Qualitative Methods to Inform a Web-Based Platform for Adults With Neurofibromatosis. J Patient Exp. 2021; 8:23743735211049644. PMID: 34869834.
  9. Bannon SM, Cornelius T, Gates MV, Lester E, Mace RA, Popok P, Macklin EA, Rosand J, Vranceanu AM. Emotional distress in neuro-ICU survivor-caregiver dyads: The recovering together randomized clinical trial. Health Psychol. 2022 Apr; 41(4):268-277. PMID: 34498896; PMCID: PMC8904645.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. Lester EG, Murrell AR. An experimental study of mindfulness and acceptance-based skills for internalized ageism in older adults and college students. Aging Ment Health. 2022 07; 26(7):1487-1494. PMID: 34281430.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  11. Lester EG, Hopkins SW, Popok PJ, Vranceanu AM. Adaptation of a Live Video Mind-Body Program to a Web-Based Platform for English-Speaking Adults With Neurofibromatosis: Protocol for the NF-Web Study. JMIR Res Protoc. 2021 Jun 10; 10(6):e27526. PMID: 34110294.
    Citations: 1     
  12. Lester EG, Mace RA, Bannon SM, Popok PJ, Gates MV, Meyers E, Tehan T, Sagueiro D, Rosand J, Macklin EA, Vranceanu AM. Can a Dyadic Resiliency Program Improve Quality of Life in Cognitively Intact Dyads of Neuro-ICU Survivors and Informal Caregivers? Results from a Pilot RCT. Neurocrit Care. 2021 12; 35(3):756-766. PMID: 33880701.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. Mace RA, Gates MV, Bullard B, Lester EG, Silverman IH, Quiroz YT, Vranceanu AM. Development of a Novel Mind-Body Activity and Pain Management Program for Older Adults With Cognitive Decline. Gerontologist. 2021 04 03; 61(3):449-459. PMID: 32601670; PMCID: PMC8023364.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Lester EG, Gates MV, Vranceanu AM. Mind-Body Therapy via Videoconferencing in Patients With Neurofibromatosis: Analyses of 1-Year Follow-up. Ann Behav Med. 2021 02 12; 55(1):77-81. PMID: 32421171.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Lester EG, Armstrong GW, Vranceanu AM. Emotional recovery after ocular trauma: is there more than meets the eye? Eye (Lond). 2022 01; 36(1):244-245. PMID: 33423041; PMCID: PMC8727580.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Lester EG, Silverman IH, Gates MV, Lin A, Vranceanu AM. Associations Between Gender, Resiliency Factors, and Anxiety in Neuro-ICU Caregivers: a Prospective Study. Int J Behav Med. 2020 Dec; 27(6):677-686. PMID: 32488793.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  17. Lester E, Vranceanu AM. Resilient youth with neurofibromatosis: Less perceived stress and greater life satisfaction after an 8-week virtual mind-body intervention. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2021; 39(5):680-685. PMID: 33191871.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  18. Vranceanu AM, Bannon S, Mace R, Lester E, Meyers E, Gates M, Popok P, Lin A, Salgueiro D, Tehan T, Macklin E, Rosand J. Feasibility and Efficacy of a Resiliency Intervention for the Prevention of Chronic Emotional Distress Among Survivor-Caregiver Dyads Admitted to the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 10 01; 3(10):e2020807. PMID: 33052404.
    Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. Lester EG. I Still Think of You. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2020 Sep-Oct; 38(5):642-644. PMID: 32459142.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Bannon S, Lester EG, Gates MV, McCurley J, Lin A, Rosand J, Vranceanu AM. Recovering together: building resiliency in dyads of stroke patients and their caregivers at risk for chronic emotional distress; a feasibility study. Pilot Feasibility Stud. 2020; 6:75. PMID: 32509320; PMCID: PMC7249683.
    Citations: 8     
  21. Meyers EE, McCurley J, Lester E, Jacobo M, Rosand J, Vranceanu AM. Building Resiliency in Dyads of Patients Admitted to the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit and Their Family Caregivers: Lessons Learned From William and Laura. Cogn Behav Pract. 2020 Aug; 27(3):321-335. PMID: 32863700.
    Citations: 4     
  22. Lester EG, Macklin EA, Plotkin S, Vranceanu AM. Improvement in resiliency factors among adolescents with neurofibromatosis who participate in a virtual mind-body group program. J Neurooncol. 2020 Apr; 147(2):451-457. PMID: 32078086.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Meyers E, Lin A, Lester E, Shaffer K, Rosand J, Vranceanu AM. Baseline resilience and depression symptoms predict trajectory of depression in dyads of patients and their informal caregivers following discharge from the Neuro-ICU. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2020 Jan - Feb; 62:87-92. PMID: 31887641.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  24. Lester E, DiStefano S, Mace R, Macklin E, Plotkin S, Vranceanu AM. Virtual mind-body treatment for geographically diverse youth with neurofibromatosis: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2020 Jan - Feb; 62:72-78. PMID: 31841875.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. Greenberg J, Carter S, Lester E, Funes CJ, Macklin EA, Plotkin S, Vranceanu AM. Cultivating resiliency in patients with neurofibromatosis 2 who are deafened or have severe hearing loss: a live-video randomized control trial. J Neurooncol. 2019 Dec; 145(3):561-569. PMID: 31677033.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. Al-Jabari, R., Murrell, A.R., Callahan, J.L., Cox, R.J., & Lester, E.G., . Do Distress Level and Waitlists Impact Termination in a Training Clinic?. Training and Education in Professional Psychology. 2019; 13(2):127-137. View Publication.
  27. Lester, E.G. & Murrell, A.R. Becoming Mindful of Measurement: An experimental-experiential study of state mindfulness measures. Mindfulness. 2019; 10(10):2133-2142. View Publication.
  28. Murrell, A.R., Hulsey, T.C., Erguder, L., Lester, E.G. Making a Difference, Starting With Me: Mindfulness, Values Based Self-Care, and Self-Compassion for Psychologists Who Work With Children and Families. The Behavior Therapist. 2019; 42(5):163-169.
  29. Lester, E.G., Murrell, A.R., & Dickson, D. A Mixed Methods Approach to Understanding Misconceptions of Mindfulness Meditation. OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine. 2018.
  30. Lester, E. G., & Murrell, A. R. . Mindfulness Interventions for College Students with ADHD: A Multiple Single Case Research Design. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy. 2018; 33(3):199-220. View Publication.
  31. Moyer, D. N., McMakin, D. Q., Page, A. R., Murrell, A. R., Lester, E. G., & Walker, H. The Impact of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy on Positive Parenting Strategies Among Parents who have Experienced Relationship Violence. Journal of Family Violence. 2018; 4(33):269-279. View Publication.
  32. Murrell, A. R., Lester, E. G., Moyer, D. N., & Lincoln. Three Tweets to the Wind: Providing context via simulated social media to decrease stigma toward problematic drinking. The Behavior Therapist. 2018; 4(41).
  33. Murrell AR, Jackson R, Lester EG, Hulsey T. Psychological Flexibility and Resilience in Parentally Bereaved College Students. Omega (Westport). 2018 Feb; 76(3):207-226. PMID: 28198653.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  34. Murrell, A. R., Lester, E.G., & Sandoz, E.K. Grounding Turbulent Minds: The Challenges of Mindfulness-Based Interventions for College Students with ADHD and How to Overcome Them. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy. 2015; 29:314-328. View Publication.
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