Karen E. Hurley, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in patients coping with genetic and health challenges, including familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP). She received her A.B. in psychology from Bryn Mawr College in 1983, and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Temple University in 1998. She spent eight years on faculty at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center providing services for patients with hereditary cancer risk and conducting NCI-funded research on topics such patient decision-making about risk-reducing surgery. She spent another six years in private practice in New York, NY seeing hereditary cancer risk patients and taught graduate health psychology at Teachers College-Columbia University. In addition, Dr. Hurley has given numerous talks at patient conferences, professional meetings and academic medical centers on coping, resilience, and communicating with children about parental illness. She is an advisory board member for several national patient organizations. In 2014, she was awarded the Spirit of Empowerment Award for Individual Commitment by FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) for her work on behalf of the hereditary cancer community.