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Daniela A. Wittmann

Clinical Associate Professor of Urology, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work

Daniela A. Wittmann

Daniela Wittmann, PhD, MSW is Clinical Associate Professor in the University of Michigan’s Department of Urology. She is a psychotherapist, educator and researcher. She is an AASECT certified sex therapist and sex therapy supervisor. Dr.Wittmann has published on sexual issues in prostate and bladder cancer. Her research focus is on developing and testing interventions that support couples’ sexual recovery after cancer.

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(734) 615-2878dwittman@umich.eduUMHS
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, D2202 MPB
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Year Degree   School
2013 PhD Social Work Michigan State University, Lansing
1978 MSW Interpersonal Practice Simmons College, Boston
1972 BA Psychology & Russian Studies University of Keele, Staffordshire, UK

Agochukwu, N., & Wittmann, D. (2019). Stress, Depression, Mental Illness and Men's. In A. Y. Faysal (Ed.), Effects of Lifestyle on Men's Health. Elsevier.

Agochukwu, N. Q., Wittmann, D., Boileau, N. R., Dunn, R. L., Montie, J. E., Kim, T., Miller, D. C., Peabody, J., & Carolizzi, N. E. for the Michigan Urological Surgery Improvement Collaborative. (2019). Validity of the Patient-Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS) sexual interest and satisfaction measures in men following radical prostatectomy. Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Streur, C. S., Heath, G., Garcia, V. P., Quint, E. H., Sandberg, D. E., Kalpakjian, C. Z., & Wittmann, D. A. (2019). "He told me it would be extremely selfish of me to even consider [having kids]": The importance of reproductive health to women with spina bifida and the lack of support from their providers. Disability and Health Journal.

Chapman, C. H., Heath, G., Fairchild, P., Berg, M. B., Wittmann, D., Uppal, S., Tolpadi, A., Maturen, K., & Jolly, S. (2019). Gynecologic radiation oncology patients report unmet needs regarding sexual health communication with providers. Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology, 145(2), 495-502.

Radhakrishnan, A., Henry, J., Zhu, K., Hawley, S. T., Hollenbeck, B. K., Hofer, T., Sales, A. E., Wittmann, D. A., & Skolarus, T. A. (2019). Determinants of quality prostate cancer survivorship care across the primary and specialty care interface: Lessons from the Veterans Health Administration. Cancer Medicine, 8(5), 2686-2702.

Twitchell, D. K., Wittmann, D. A., Hotaling, J. A., & Pastuszak, A. W. (2019). Psychological impacts of male sexual dysfunction in pelvic cancer survivorship. Sexual Medicine Reviews, 7(4), 614-626.

Chambers, S. K., Occhipinti, S., Stiller, A., Zajdlewicz, L., Nielsen, N., Wittmann, D., Oliffe, J. L., Ralph, N., & Dunn, J. (2019). Five-year outcomes from a couples-based intervention for men with localized prostate cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 28(4), 775-783.

Streur, C. S., Schafer, C. L., Garciaa, V. P., Quint, E. H., Sandberg, D. E., & Wittmann, D. A. (2019). "If everyone else is having this talk with their doctor, why am I not having this talk with mine?": The experiences of sexuality and sexual health education of young women with spina bifida. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 16(6), 853-859.

Mehta, A., Pollack, C. E., Gillespie, T., Duby, A., Thelen-Perry, S., & Wittmann, D. A. (2019). What patients and partners want in interventions that support sexual recovery after prostate cancer treatment: An exploratory convergent mixed methods study. Sexual Medicine, 7(2), 184-191.

Wittmann, D. (2019). Managing relationships and psychosexual therapy of individuals. In D. Kissane & M. Watson (Eds.), Psycho-Oncology Companion Guides for Clinicians: Sexual Health, Fertility and Relationships. Oxford University Press.

Dess, R. T., Devasia, T. P., Aghdam, N., Smith, C. P., Jackson, W. C., Soni, P. D., Mitchell, A. L., Suy, S., Hamstra, D. A., Jolly, S., Nguyen, P. L., Feng, F. Y., Schipper, M. J., Skolarus, T. A., Miller, D. C., Wittmann, D. A., Collins, S. P., & Spratt, D. (2018). Patient reported sexual aid utilization and efficacy following radiation therapy for localized prostate cancer. International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, 101(2), 1-11.

Shepard, C., Yan, P. L., Kielb, S. J., Wittmann, D. A., Kraft, K., & Hollingsworth, J. M. (2018). Complications of delivery among mothers with spina befida. Urology, 123, 280-286.

Evans, S., Sampurno, F., Zheng, J., Di Stefano, L., Millar, J. L., Foster, C., Guedea, G., Higano, C., Huland, H., Mark, S., Moore, C., Richardson, A., Sullivan, F., Wenger, N., & Wittmann D. (2018). Quality indicators for global benchmarking of localised prostate cancer management. Journal of Urology, 200(2), 319-326.

Stoffel, J., Van der Aa, F., Wittmann, D., Yande, S., & Elliott, S. (2018). Neurogenic bowel management for the spinal cord injury patient. World Journal of Urology, 36(10), 1587-1592.

Skolarus, T. A., Caram, M., Chapman, C., Smith, D., Hollenbeck, B. K., Hawley, S., Tsodikov, A., Sales, A., Wittmann, D., & Zaslavsky, A. (2018). Editorial Comment: Castration remains despite decreasing definitive treatment of localized prostate cancer in the elderly: A case for de-implementation. Cancer, 124(20), 3971-3974.

Stoffel, J., Van der Aa, F., Wittmann, D., Yande, S., & Elliott, S. (2018). Fertility and sexuality in the spinal cord injury patient. World Journal of Urology, 36(1), 1-9.

Streur, C. S., Schafer, C. L., Garcia, V. P., & Wittmann, D. A. (2018). "I don't know what I'm doing... I hope I'm not just an idiot.": The need to train pediatric urologists to discuss sexual and reproductive health care with young women with spina bifida. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 15(10), 1404-1413.

Bamidele, O., Lagan, B. M., McGarvey, H., Wittmann, D., & McCaughan, E. (2018). "...It might not have occurred to my husband that this woman, his wife who is taking care of him has some emotional needs as well...": The unheard voices of partners of Black African and Black Caribbean men with prostate cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer, 27(3), 1089-1097.

Agochukwu, N. Q., Skolarus, T. A., & Wittmann, D. (2018). Telemedicine and prostate cancer survivorship: A narrative review. M-Health.

Wittmann, D. (2018). Integrating post-prostatectomy sexuality: Couples' journey. In J. Ussher, J. Perz, & S. Rosser (Ed.), Gay and Bisexual Men Living with Prostate Cancer: From Diagnosis to Recovery. Harrington Park Press, distributed by Columbia University Press, New York, NY.

Skolarus, T. A., Hawley, S. T., Wittmann, D. A., Forman, J., Metreger, T., Sparks, J. B., Zhu, K., Caram, M. E. V., Hollenbeck, B. K., Makarov, D. V., Leppert, J. T., Shelton, J. B., Shahinian, V., Srinivasaraghavan, S., & Sales, A. E. (2018). De-implementation of low value castration for men with prostate cancer: protocol for a theory-based, mixed methods approach to minimizing low value androgen deprivation therapy (DeADT). Implementation Science, 13(1), 133.

Wittmann, D., & Koontz, B. (2017). Evidence supporting couple-based interventions for recovery of sexual intimacy after prostate cancer treatment. Current Sexual Health Reports, 9(1), 32-41.

Wittmann, D., Mehta, A., Northouse, L., Dunn, R., Braun, T., Duby, A., An, L., Arab, L., Bangs, L., Bober, S., Brandon, J., Coward, M., Dunn, M., Galbraith, M., Garcia, M., Giblin, J., Glodé, M., Koontz, B., Lowe, A., Mitchell, S., Mulhall, J., Nelson, C., Paich, K., Saigal, C,, Skolarus, T., Stanford, J., Walsh, T., & Pollack, C. (2017). TrueNTH sexual recovery study protocol: A multi-institutional collaborative approach to developing and testing a web-based intervention for couples coping with the side-effects of prostate cancer treatment in a randomized controlled trial. BioMed Central-Cancer, 17(1), 664.

Kayser, K., Acquati, C., Reese, J. B., Mark, K., Wittmann, D., & Karam, E. (2017). A systematic review of dyadic studies examining relationship quality in couples facing colorectal cancer together. Psycho-Oncology, 27(1), 13-21.

Tischler, S., Webster, M., Wittmann, D., & Wade, K. (2017). Developing and sustaining a practice-based research infrastructure in a hospital social work department: Why is it important? Social Work in Health Care, 56(1), 1-12.

Skolarus, T. A., Ragnoni, J. A., Garlinghouse, C., Schafenacker, A., Webster, D., Hager, P., Wittmann, D., & Northouse, L. (2017). Multilingual self-management resources for prostate cancer survivors and their partners: Results of a long-term academic-state health department partnership to promote survivorship care. Urology, 110, 92-97.

Skolarus, T. A., Wittmann, D., & Hawley, S. T. (2017). Enhancing prostate cancer survivorship care through self-management. Urologic Oncology, 35(9), 564-568.

Andino, J. J., Guduguntla, V., Weizer, A., Roberts, W. W., Wittmann, D., Miller, D., Morgan, T. M., & Ellimoottil, C. (2017). Examining the value of video visits to patients in an outpatient urology clinic. Urology, 110, 31-35.

Stoffel, J., Elliott, S. L., Van der Aa, F., Wittmann, D., & Yande, S. (2017). Neurogenic bowel, fertility, and sexuality in the spinal cord injured patient. In R. Gomez & S. Elliott (Eds.), Urologic Management of the Spinal Cord Injured Patient: A Joint SIU-ICUD International Consultation. Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 22, 2016. Societe Internationale d'Urologie (SIU), Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Paich, K., Dunn, R., Skolarus, T., Montie, J., Hollenbeck, B., Palapattu, G., Wood Jr., D., Mitchell, S., Hola, V., Erickson, K., Shifferd, J., & Wittmann, D. (2016). Preparing patients and partners for recovery from the side effects of prostate cancer surgery: A group approach. Urology, 88, 36-41.

Bernat, J. K., Wittmann, D. A., Hawley, S. T., Hamstra, D. A., Helfand, A. M., Haggstrom, D. A., Darwish-Yassine, M., & Skolarus, T. A. (2016). Symptom burden and information needs in prostate cancer survivors: A case for tailored long-term survivorship care. BJU International, 118(3), 372-378.

Bernat, J. K., Skolarus, T. A., Hawley, S. T., Haggstrom, D. A., Darwish-Yassine, M., & Wittmann, D. A. (2016). Negative information-seeking experiences of long-term prostate cancer survivors. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 10(6), 1089-1095.

Wittmann, D. & Skolarus, T. A. (2016). Re: Neil E. Martin, Laura Massey, Caleb Stowell, et al. Defining a Standard Set of Patient-centered Outcomes for Men with Localized Prostate Cancer. Eur Urol 2015;67:460–7. European Urology, 69(6), e125-e126.

Mohamed, N. E., Gilbert, F., Lee, C. T., Sfakianos, J., Knauer, C., Mehrazin, R., Badr, H., Wittman, D., Downs, T., Berry, D., Given, B., Wiklund, P., & Steineck, G. (2016). Pursuing quality in the application of bladder cancer quality of life research. Bladder Cancer, 2(2), 139-149.

Osawa, T., Wittmann, D., Jimbo, M., Keller, E. T., Namiki, S., Abe, T., Shinohara, N., & Skolarus, T. A. (2016). Providing prostate cancer survivorship care in Japan: Implications from the USA care model. International Journal of Urology, 23(11), 906-915.

Mohamed, N. E., Pisipati, S., Lee, C. T., Goltz, H. H., Latini, D. M., Gilbert, F. S., Wittmann, D., Knauer, C. J., Mehrazin, R., Sfakianos, J. P., McWilliams, G. W., Quale, D. Z., & Hall, S. J. (2016). Unmet informational and supportive care needs of patients following cystectomy for bladder cancer based on age, sex, and treatment choices. Urologic Oncology, 34(12), 531.e7-531.e14.

Crowley, S. A., Foley, S. M., Wittmann, D., Jagielski, C. H., Dunn, R. L., Clark, P. M., Griggs, J. J., Peterson, C., Leonard, M., An, L. C., Wei, J. T., Montie, J. E., & Janz, N. K. (2016). Sexual health concerns among cancer survivors: Testing a novel information-need measure among breast and prostate cancer patients. Journal of Cancer Education, 31(3), 588-594.

Cox, L., Cameron, A. P., Wittmann, D., Papin, J. E., Mao-Draayer, Y., He, C., Clemens, J. Q., Wei, J. T., Sarma, A. V., & Stoffel, J. T. (2015). Analysis of urinary symptoms and urodynamic findings in multiple sclerosis patients by gender and disease subtype. Journal of Neurology and Neurobiology, 1(2), 1-5.

Wittmann, D. (2015). Coping with losses, grief, and mourning in prostate cancer. Advanced Psychosomatic Medicine, 34, 109-122.

Hughes, A. K., & Wittmann, D. (2015). Aging sexuality: Knowledge and perceptions of preparation among U. S. primary care providers. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 41(3), 304-313.

Gilbert, S. M., Dunn, R. L., Wittmann, D., Montgomery, J. S., Hollingsworth, J. M., Miller, D. C., Hollenbeck, B. K., Wei, J. T., & Montie, J. E. (2015). Quality of life and satisfaction among prostate cancer patients followed in a dedicated survivorship clinic. Cancer, 121(9), 1484-1491.

Wittmann, D., Skolarus, T. A., & Montie, J. E. (2015). Are we targeting the right outcome for sexual health after prostate cancer treatment? European Urology, 68(4), 550-551.

Wittmann, D., Northouse, L., Crossley, H., Miller, D., Dunn, R., Nidetz, J., Montie, J., Moyad, M., Lavin, K., & Montie, J. E. (2015). A pilot study of potential pre-operative barriers to couples sexual recovery after radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 41(2), 155-168.

Wittmann, D., Carolan, M., Given, B., Skolarus, T. A., Crossley, H., An, L., Palapattu, G., Clark, P., & Montie, J. E. (2015). What couples say about their recovery of sexual intimacy after prostatectomy: Toward the development of a conceptual model of couples' sexual recovery after prostate cancer. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 12(2), 494-504.

Wittmann, D. (2015). Coping with losses, grief and mourning in prostate cancer. In T. Wise & R. Balon (Eds.), Clinical Challenges in the Biopsychosocial Interface. Update on Psychosomatics for the 21st Century. Basel, Switzerland.

Skolarus, T., Wittmann, D., Northouse, L., Olson, K., Rew, K., Heidelbaugh, J., Jimbo, M., Phillips, J., & Holmes-Rovner, M. (2014). Recommendations for prostate cancer survivorship care: An update to the 2009 Michigan Cancer Consortium guidelines for the primary care management of prostate cancer post-treatment sequelae. Journal of Men's Health, 11, 95-107.

Hart, T. L., Coon, D. W., Kowalkowski, M. A., Zhang, K., Hersom, J. I., Goltz, H. H., Wittmann, D. A., & Latini, D. M. (2014). Changes in sexual roles and quality of life for gay men after prostate cancer: Challenges for sexual health providers. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 11(9), 2308-2317.

Allen, J. O., Zebrack, B., Wittmann, D., Hammelef, K., & Morris, A. M. (2014). Expanding the NCCN guidelines for distress management: A model of barriers to the use of coping resources. Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology, 12(8), 271-277.

Kowalkowski M. A., Chandrashekar, A., Amiel, G. E., Lerner, S. P., Wittmann, D. A., Latini, D. M., & Goltz, H. H. (2014). Examining sexual dysfunction in non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer: Results of cross-sectional mixed-methods research. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 2(3), 141-151.

Wittmann, D., Carolan, M., Given, B., Skolarus, T. A., An, L., Palapattu, G., & Montie, J. E. (2014). Exploring the role of the partner in couples' sexual recovery after surgery for prostate cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer.

Skolarus, T., Wolf, A., Erb, N., Brooks, D., Rivers, B., Underwood, III, W., Salner, A., Zelefsky, M., Aragon-Ching, J., Slovin, S., Wittmann, D., Hoyt, M., Sinibaldi, V., Chodak, G., Pratt-Chapman, M., & Cowens-Alvarado, R. (2014). American Cancer Society prostate cancer survivorship care guidelines. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

Wittmann, D., He, C., Mitchell, S., Wood, D., Hola, V., & Montie, J. E. (2013). A one-day couple group intervention to enhance sexual recovery for surgically treated men with prostate cancer and their partners: A pilot study. Urologic Nursing, 33(3), 140-147.

Wittmann, D., & Clemens, J. Q. (2011). The painful bladder syndrome and other causes of chronic pelvic pain. In P. Vercellini (Ed.), Chronic Pelvic Pain, 9, 86-87. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford.

Wittmann, D., Foley, S., & Balon, R. (2011). A Biopsychosocial Approach to Sexual Recovery after Prostate Cancer Surgery: The Role of Grief and Mourning. Journal Sex and Marital Therapy, 37(2), 130-144.

Wittmann, D., He, C., Coelho, M., Hollenbeck, B., Montie, J., & Wood, Jr., D. (2011). Patient preoperative expectations of urinary, bowel, hormonal, and sexual functioning do not match their actual outcomes 1 year after radical prostatectomy. Journal of Urology, 186, 494-499.

Zebrack, B., Foley, S., Wittmann, D., & Leonard, M. (2010). Sexual functioning in Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 19(8), 814-822.

Wittman, D., Smith, P., Rajarethinam, R. P., & Foley, S. (2010). Do Patients with Psychosis Experience Loss and Grief as a Result of their Illness?. Psychoanalytical Social Work, 17, 30-39.

Foley, S., Wittmann, D., & Balon, R. (2010). A Multidisciplinary Approach to Sexual Dysfunction in Medical Education. Journal of Academic Psychiatry, 34(5), 386.

Wittmann, D., Northouse, L., Foley, S., Gilbert, S., Wood, D., & Montie, J. (2009). The Psychosocial Aspects of Sexual Recovery after Prostate Cancer Treatment. International Journal of Impotence Research, 21, 99-106.

Zebrack, B., Foley, S., Wittmann, D., & Leonard, M. (2009). Sexual Functioning in Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer. Psychooncology, 19(8), 814.

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