IPOS is now accepting new members and renewals for 2017

IPOS is now accepting new members and renewals for 2017.

IPOS Membership is based on a calendar year — membership is only valid from the time of application through 31 December of the same year. Renewal invoices are distributed at the end of each calendar year for the next year’s dues.

For information on membership categories and pricing, please go to http://www.ipos-society.org/for-members/membership-classifications/

To apply for IPOS Membership:

    1. Review IPOS Member Benefits.
    2. Determine which Membership Classification suits your professional experience and location.
    3. Click here to join or renew your 2017 IPOS membership online.
    4. Click here and complete the 2017 Membership Application to apply via fax or mail.

Not sure if you have joined or renewed for 2017 yet? Please email the IPOS office and we will confirm.



A Roter Interaction Analysis System (RIAS) Coding and Research Workshop

March 8 – 10, 2017

A Roter Interaction Analysis System (RIAS) Coding and Research Workshop will be offered by Susan Larson (Faculty, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland USA and co-owner of RIASWORKS, LLC) on March 8-10, 2017.

The course objectives

  • To provide training to researchers in the use of the RIAS method of interaction analysis
  • To provide training in the use of the RIAS-linked applications software
  • To provide a forum for discussion of methodological strategies for the conduct of RIAS-related research

Schedule of the workshop

Day 1: Background and Introduction to RIAS; RIAS coding scheme and definitions
Day 2: RIAS practice coding sessions; Installation of RIAS coding software and training
Day 3: Reliability, data management, software configurations; RIAS adaptations and elaborations


Meeting room, G/F Patrick Manson Building (North Wing), 7 Sassoon Road, Hong Kong

Application closing date

January 15, 2017 (Successful applicants will be notified by January 27, 2017 via email with payment information)

Course fee

US$642 which the fee includes
  1. RIAS training sessions;
  2. a copy of the RIAS software*; and
  3. follow-up coding support
Course fee is only payable upon confirmation of acceptance to the course.
Maximum number of enrollment: 12

Notes to participants

Each participant should need to bring a laptop (Windows OS with Access) and headphones.
Be sure that you have administrative privileges to ensure that the RIAS applications may be downloaded to your computer during the session.

Registration form is available here

For enquiries about registration and payment, please contact Ms Karen Lau at (852) 3917 9928 or
[email protected]. For further information about the workshop, please contact Ms Susan Larson at [email protected] or visit the website http://www.riasworks.com/ for more details.


Guest Editor: IPOS Board member Csaba Dégi PhD, MSW


Indexed in PsychInfo, IBSS, Scopus, EBSCO and ProQuest
Published by the Romanian Association for Cognitive Sciences


Update from the Psycho-Oncology Journal Editors: Plans for 2017




2017 is an exciting year for the Psycho-oncology journal. It is the 25th anniversary for the journal which has come of age. As Editors, we want to express our gratitude to the many authors, reviewers and readers who have made it happen. Your continued support for Wiley and us has been unwavering and an important component in our success. To mark this occasion we want to give an update and tell you about some innovations.


Beginning in 2017, invited Commentaries will be published to highlight new issues in oncology which have psychosocial and behavioral ramifications. Invited authors for each Commentary will include internationally known oncologists and psycho-oncologists. The first of the Series will be New Challenges in Precision Medicine in which communication is a major concern and delay in end of life discussions. Other New Challenges topics being considered are Challenges in Psycho-neuro-immunology Research in Cancer; in Survivorship; in Depression and Cancer Research. By introducing this series the aim is to make important links across the disciplines which emphasize the multi-disciplinary care concepts.


In 2016 we introduced a radical change to the editorial board structure. In order to engage junior and middle level investigators in the journal, earlier in their career, we established this Affiliate Board to bring in ideas from junior faculty. Affiliate Board Members and their countries of origin are:

Cris Decat Bergerot (Brazil), Pernille Envold Bidstrup (Denmark), Csaba Dégi (Romania), Jayita Deodhar (India), Wendy Lam (Hong Kong, China), Sokhna Ndiaye (Senegal), Ying Pang (China), Errol Philip (USA), Natalia Rivkina (Russia), Sigrun Vehling (Germany), Claire Wakefield (Australia), Katriina Whitaker (UK).


The senior Board has been reviewed and efforts made to diversify the international representation further with additional psycho-oncology professionals from Lower and Middle Income countries. More manuscripts are coming from these countries and we try to nurture scholarship there by encouraging and supporting young investigators. The growing strength of psycho-oncology in Asia is impressive and the number of board members from this area has been increased. For full details please see journal website [http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1099-1611/homepage/EditorialBoard.html].


Wiley has partnered with Publons to give you official recognition for your contribution to peer review. Publons helps you to record, verify, and showcase your peer review contributions for use in promotion and funding applications. When you review for Psycho-Oncology, you can opt in to get credit on Publons. For further information on Wiley’s partnership with Publons, please visit https://publons.com/in/Wiley/


We welcome suggestions of topics for a Special Issue—an emerging topic that should be covered in more detail. A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER to both Boards is under consideration as a possible vehicle for greater and more rapid sharing of ideas and implementation of them.

The Editors welcome your thoughts about 2017 and gratefully thank you for your participation and support for the journal.

For further information and comments please contact the Editors by email.

[email protected]

[email protected]



Jeff Dunn – the IPOS Board representative in UICC – organised a psycho-oncology symposium at the recent World Cancer Congress in Paris

unknownJeff Dunn – the IPOS Board representative in UICC – organised a psycho-oncology symposium at the recent World Cancer Congress in Paris. This was very well attended by delegates from a range of disciplines with standing room only.

The session highlighted issues in psycho-oncology care that IPOS strives to bring to multidisciplinary audiences.

All with due thanks to Professor Dunn.


IPOS standard at BCY3 guidelines

Dear Colleagues

I was invited to participate at the 3rd ESO-ESMO Breast Cancer in Young Women International Conference in Lugano, Switzerland, to present Psycho-oncology issues at the Survivorship session.


Recently I participated at the panel of experts for the clinical guidelines of the treatment of young women with breast cancer. I was able to place our standard in the guidelines as you can see in the attached photo, which was unanimously voted for ‘approve’ by the panel!

A small step but which hopefully will make a big difference in the near future for the treatment and care these group of patients!

The guidelines will be published soon.

I will keep you posted.

All my best,

President, IPOS
Luzia Travado PhD
Portugal (2014-2017)

Prostate Cancer Units Network – Free Membership



 Call for IPOS Academy Workshop Proposals with the first deadline being January 15, 2017.

willkommen in Berlin! It is our privilege and great pleasure to invite you to join us for the 19th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology in Berlin, Germany, which will be held in the summer of 2017, from 14th– 18th August.


Please send your academy Workshop Proposal to [email protected]

For more information, please go to http://c3.ipos2017.com/

IPOS workshop Policies

The conference planning committee recognizes and values the contribution workshop presenters make towards a successful conference, but at the same time also recognize the need to ensure the conference is financially successful for all partners. With this in mind, the 2017 speaker benefits are summarized below.

All workshop presenters who plan on attending the full conference must register to attend.

  • A complimentary gala reception ticket will be provided.
  • Workshop presenters are responsible for all aspects of their travel.
  • IPOS is not in a financial position to offer honorariums.


APSCO – Romanian Association for Services and Communication in Oncology unreservedly endorses the IPOS International Quality Standard of Cancer Care

We are pleased to confirm that APSCO – Romanian Association for Services and Communication in Oncology unreservedly endorses the IPOS International Quality Standard of Cancer Care.

APSCO – Romanian Association for Services and Communication in Oncology is a non-profit association whose goal is informing and changing patients and societies’ mentality regarding cancer diagnosis, physical and mental rehabilitation of cancer patients, promoting and implementing their rights, psychosocial cancer care for patients and their families, as well as giving support to medical staff in order to provide complex and complete services which contribute to quality of life improvement.

IPOS’s International Quality Standard of Cancer Care will be reflected in the policy and practice of APSCO – Romanian Association for Services and Communication in Oncology as it was translated and adapted into Romanian and Hungarian languages and made public on this website:


Psycho-Oncology special issue on cancer inequalities

October’s edition of Psycho-Oncology is a special issue on equality and diversity in psycho-oncology co-edited by Dr Laura Ashley and Dr Iain Lawrie, whose Editorial for the issue is titled ‘Tackling inequalities in cancer care and outcomes: psychosocial mechanisms and targets for change’. The special issue was called for and coordinated by members of the Executive Committee of the British Psychosocial Oncology Society in response to the fact that cancer disparities persist as a global problem and priority, and to highlight the contribution that psychosocial oncology research can make in helping to tackle these.

More than 50 papers were submitted to the call for the issue in May 2015 – the most for any Psycho-Oncology special issue to date – and 148 reviewers based in 14 different countries have been involved in peer-reviewing the submissions. Sixteen of the submissions are included in the issue: three literature reviews, nine research papers, three clinical correspondence pieces and a report from the International Federation of Psycho-Oncology Societies. Collectively, the papers look at disparities in cancer care and outcomes across the cancer continuum (from screening, to symptom attribution, to diagnosis, treatment and care, and into survivorship) in relation to a number of different factors including education, ethnicity and cultural factors, residential location, age, relationship status, and the presence of comorbid health conditions.

The issue is currently free to access and is available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pon.v25.10/issuetoc