Sarah Prinsloo, PhD, LMFT-S, LPC

Sarah Prinsloo, PhD, LMFT-S, LPC, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist supervisor and Licensed Professional Counselor. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston, a Master of Arts in Behavioral Science from the University of Houston, Clear Lake, and a Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University, completed a visiting fellowship at Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging in Boston as well as a post-doctoral appointment at MD Anderson Cancer Center. In addition to her training as a therapist, she is an expert in in non-invasive neuromodulation techniques and established the only laboratory of its kind in a major medical center hospital. She maintains an appointment as Assistant Professor in research at MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Medicine.  Dr Prinsloo regularly presents at national and international conferences and her list of publications reflect her specialization in neuromodulation and chronic disease.


Dr Prinsloo works with individuals, families and couples, and has a special interest in anxiety, depression, and the implications of chronic medical conditions, such as chronic pain on mental health and relationships.  She often uses a combination of therapy and neurofeedback to help alleviate symptoms of mental and physical distress.  Dr Prinsloo has a relational approach to therapy which considers circumstances that occur during the lifespan and that often influence relational connections with others.  She believes that successfully navigating changes in important relationships can be the key to overcoming symptoms.

PUBLICATIONS - Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

Dellacroce F, Aguilar E, Tankersley-Aguilar S. Framework Growth Following Microtia Reconstruction: Is It Real and What are the Implications? Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 6:1479-1484, 108, 2001.

Prinsloo S, Lyle R. Client Perception of the Neurofeedback Experience: The Untold Perspective. Journal of Neurotherapy 14(1):55-60, 2010.

Cohen L, Cole SW, Sood AK, Prinsloo S, Kirschbaum C, Arevalo JM, Jennings NB, Scott S, Vence L, Wei Q, Kentor D, Radvanyi L, Tannir N, Jonasch E, Tamboli P, Pisters L. Depressive symptoms and cortisol rhythmicity predict survival in patients with renal cell carcinoma: role of inflammatory signaling. PLoS One 7(8):e42324, 2012. e-Pub 8/2012. PMCID: PMC3409855.

Prinsloo S, Gabel S, Lyle R, Cohen L. Neuromodulation of cancer pain. Integr Cancer Ther 13(1):30-7, 1/2014. e-Pub 2/2013. PMID: 23439659.

Prinsloo S, Gabel S, Data L, Lyle R. Neurofeedback for chemotherapy induced neuropathic symptoms: a case study. Journal of Neuroregulation, 9/2014.

Prinsloo S, Ratcliff CG, Richardson M, Baynham-Fletcher L, Lee R, Chaoul A, Cohen MZ, de Lima M, Cohen L. Music therapy for patients who have undergone hematopoietic stem cell transplant. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2014:742941, 2014. e-Pub 1/2014. PMCID: PMC3913188.

Prinsloo S, Wei Q, Scott SM, Tannir N, Jonasch E, Pisters L, Cohen L. Psychological states, serum markers and survival: associations and predictors of survival in patients with renal cell carcinoma. J Behav Med 38(1):48-56, 2/2015. e-Pub 6/2014. PMCID: PMC4824635.

Prinsloo S, Novy D, Driver L, Ramondetta L, Eng C, Lopez G, Lee R, Lyle R, Cohen L. (552) Neurofeedback to treat chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). J Pain 17(4S):S112-S113, 4/2016. e-Pub 3/2016. PMID: 28162360.

Prinsloo S, Ratcliff C, A Randomized Controlled Trial of Brief Mindfulness Meditation for Women Undergoing Stereotactic Breast Biopsy. Psychosomatic Research, 11/2016.

Prinsloo S, Novy D, Driver L, Lyle R, Ramondetta L, Eng C, McQuade J, Lopez G, Cohen L. Randomized Controlled Trial of Neurofeedback on Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy: A Pilot Study. Cancer 123(11):1989-1997, 6/2017. e-Pub 3/2017. PMCID: PMC5470539, *editorial in same issue.

McQuade JL, Prinsloo S, Chang DZ, Spelman A, Wei Q, Basen-Engquist K, Harrison C, Zhang Z, Kuban D, Lee A, Cohen L. Qigong/Tai chi for sleep and fatigue in prostate cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy: A randomized controlled trial. Psychooncology 26(11):1936-1943, 11/2017. e-Pub 9/2016. PMCID: PMC5378667.

Prinsloo S, Rebello E, Cata J, Cohen L. Hypnosedation for Breast Surgery and Electroencephalographic (EEG) Findings. The Breast Journal, DOI: 10.111/tbj.13328, 5/2018.

Prinsloo S, Novy D, Driver L, Lyle R, Ramondetta L, Eng C, Lopez G, Cohen L. The Long- Term Impact of Neurofeedback on Symptom Burden and Interference in Patients with Chronic Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathy: Analysis of a Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 5/2018.

Prinsloo S, Rosenthal D, Lyle R, Garcia S, Gabel-Zepeda S, Cannon R, Bruera E, Cohen L. Low Resolution Electromagnetic Tomography (LORETA) Real-time Z-Score Feedback in the Treatment of Pain in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer. Brain Topography, 11/2018.

Ratcliff CG, Prinsloo S, Chaoul A, Zepeda S, Cannon R, Spelman A, Yang W, Cohen L. A randomized controlled trial of brief mindfulness for women undergoing stereotactic breast biopsy, Journal of the American College of Radiology,16 (5), 691-699, 5/2019.

Garcia MK, Meng Z, Rosenthal DI, Shen Y, Chambers M, Yang P, Wei, Q, Hu C, Wu C, Bei W, Prinsloo S, Chiang J, Lopez G, Cohen L, Effect of Real and Sham Acupuncture on Radiation-induced Xerostomia Among Patients with Head and Neck Cancer: A Randomized Clinical Trial, JAMA Network Open, 2 (12): e1916910, 2019.

Prinsloo S, Vallone V, Moreno N, Sanchez H, et al. Patient Experiences of Neurofeedback for Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN): A case series comparing placebo and real treatment, in progress, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 2020.

Prinsloo S, Kaptchuk T, DeRidder D, Bruera E, Novy D, Barcenas C, Li Yisheng, Cohen L. Randomized, Placebo-controlled Trial of Neurofeedback to Treat Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Breast Cancer Patients: Patient-reported Outcomes and Neural Biomarkers, in progress, Lancet, 2020.

Ratcliff, C.G., Fowler, S., Sinclair, K., Prinsloo, S., Chaoul, M.A., Zepeda, S.G., Spelman, A., Yang, W., & Cohen, L. (under review). Who benefits most from a brief mindfulness intervention to reduce anxiety during stereotactic breast biopsy: The moderating effect of trait mindfulness, spiritual well-being, and distress tolerance.