IPOS News


  • 4 Apr 2022 9:32 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    Founder and CEO of ART2CARE Program, the first Art Therapy program in the Middle East dedicated to children with cancer, and their families, launched in Cairo, Egypt in 2013 at 57357 hospital. ART2CARE Program has provided Art As Therapy to children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer, and a year later it was successfully introduced to children with life threatening diseases. In the past 9 years, Dr. Elewah has presented her program in over 70 international conferences, organized over 200 training workshops, participated in over 50 exhibitions, and conducted over 1000 art therapy sessions with population in need.

    Dr. Elewah is holder of PhD in Healthcare Environmental Management from USA, OIDA Psychotherapy Diploma from Bulgaria, Introduction and Foundation Diploma in Art Therapy from Ireland, Therapeutic Arts Practitioner and Expressive Arts Therapist from Canadian International Institute for Art Therapy CiiAT.

    Dr. Elewah values art as a means to assist/heal/support individuals in dealing with complex and confusing emotional issues.  She has also worked at orphanage where her passion for children led her to provide art as therapy and conduct case studies for children dealing with the uncertainties. She provided Art As Therapy to children and families dealing with grief, loss, and changes in family dynamics. She continues to help children deal with the realities of painful medical procedures, using Art As Therapy to develop emotional strength and stability.

  • 18 Mar 2022 11:28 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    It is our pleasure to invite you/your organization to participate in an international online survey of psychosocial care for cancer survivors that is being conducted by the Survivorship Special Interest Group under the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS).

    It is our pleasure to invite you/your organization to participate in an international online survey of psychosocial care for cancer survivors that is being conducted by the Survivorship Special Interest Group under the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS).

    The aim of this international survey is to identify barriers, facilitators and examples of good practice in different global settings. Thus, we are interested in knowing more about whether psychosocial care is available to cancer survivors in your country and how it is provided.

    Information from this survey will be a unique resource for healthcare providers, researchers and policy-makers in the development and implementation of models of psychosocial care that may improve the psychosocial outcomes of cancer survivors globally.

    This survey is anonymous and should take approximately 15 – 20 minutes to complete. Click on the link below to learn more and to start the survey: https://unsw.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_802Y4mOcVWIWID4

    If you have any questions please contact the Survivorship SIG Chair, Prof Michael Jefford at [email protected]

    Your contribution is important and we look forward to learning more about psychosocial care for cancer survivors in your country. You are also welcomed to forward this email to any colleagues who can contribute to this survey.

    Thank you for your support!

    Best regards,

    On behalf of

    The International Psycho-Oncology Society Survivorship Special Interest Group


  • 14 Mar 2022 11:51 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)


    Thursday, March 31 - 7:00 p.m. EST

    (+1 day for Africa, Asia, Australia, & Europe)

    Duration: 60 minutes

    Speakers

    • Perri Tutelman, BHSc, PhD Candidate, Dalhousie University

    • Jani Lamarche, BA, PhD Candidate, University of Ottawa

    • Angélica Cusson, Undergraduate Honours Thesis Student, University of Ottawa

    • Dawn Pickering, Parent Caregiver, Ottawa, Canada

    Moderator: Sophie Lebel, PhD, University of Ottawa

    The FORwards Webinar Series aims to bring together the international community of researchers and clinicians interested in fear of cancer recurrence, to provide cutting-edge updates on brand-spanking new research, and to spark conversations and collaborative projects across the globe.

    This webinar will be of interest to both clinicians and researchers who want to better understand and manage FCR in people living with cancer and their loved ones.

    Attendance is free, but registration is required

    Go to https://stanford.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_s3xF6dBCTG251aXfGY9nvQ


  • 1 Mar 2022 11:18 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    DR. MARIA MADELINE BAYLON-MALLILLIN, is a psychiatrist and a medical acupuncturist practicing in the Philippines. She is currently the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry of Asian Hospital and Medical Center, part of the Supportive and Integrative Services of Asian Cancer Institute, and Head of Psycho-oncology Service of the Cancer Institute of St. Luke’s Medical Center-Global City. 

    Dr. Mallillin has been drawn to cancer patients and their families even during her residency training in Psychiatry. Hence, she decided to do a Clinical Observer-ship in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center after finishing her fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine of the University of the Philippines. She dedicated most of her time in psych-oncology work when she returned to the Philippines in 2006. She has been doing clinical work, lectures and trainings, as well as advocacy programs in the field of psycho-oncology since. Dr. Mallillin has been an IPOS member since 2006. She is currently a part of the IPOS Palliative Care SIG and the Education SIG and believes that by educating the community and creating awareness, cancer care and services, especially psycho-social services, can be improved and be brought to areas that are difficult to access.

    Aside from her work in the medical field, Dr. Mallillin loves to knit and travel with her family and friends. She is a foodie and loves to try delicacies in different parts of her country and the world.

  • 22 Feb 2022 10:52 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    Currently a student of Psychology, Adrian Pogacian has a PhD in History. He is interested in developing the Psycho-Oncology field of research in Romania, as well as in Eastern Europe. He launched ReThinking Cancer, a regional non-profit, non-partisan and politically independent think tank, based in Tîrgu-Mureş, Romania. ReThinking Cancer's work focuses on the following topics: Psycho-Oncology and Health Security. 

    Adrian Pogacian’s fields of interests are: Fear of Cancer Recurrence, Social Acceptance of Cancer Patients and Educational Psychology.

  • 18 Jan 2022 1:49 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    February 22, 2022, 6 to 7 p.m. GMT+1 (1 to 2 p.m EST)

    The e-health and survivors Special Interest Groups (SIG) of IPOS are organizing this webinar hosted by the Co-Chairs of the IPOS e-health SIG, Tania Estapé and Claire Foster. It aims to bring together the international community of researchers and clinicians interested in remote delivery of physical activity, diet and psychological support to people affected by cancer. It is also to encourage discussions and collaborations across the globe. This webinar will be of interest to both clinicians and researchers who want to know more about supporting lifestyle change and psychological support in people living with cancer from a distance.

    Chairs: Tania Estapé (Spain) and Claire Foster (United Kingdom)
    Welcome and intro: Savita Goswami (India), Chair of the Survivor's SIG Education Committee.

    SPEAKERS

    Dr Chloe GrimmettNational Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow for Macmillan Survivorship Research Group, Health Sciences, University of Southampton, UK

    Title: Remote delivery of a multimodal intervention for people affected by cancer – lessons learnt from the SafeFit trial.



    Dr Gemma Pugh, Research Lead, National Child Cancer Network, New Zealand

    Title: Exercise referral and peer-support for young adult cancer survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic: moving the RENEW programme online


    Registration:

    • Free to current IPOS members
    • $10 USD for non-members

    REGISTER ONLINE: go to https://ipos-society.org/event-4653402

  • 17 Jan 2022 10:53 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    Prof Gabriella Pravettoni received her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Pavia (Italy) in 1996 and subsequently completed her specialization in Psychotherapy at the Associazione per lo Sviluppo Psicologico dell’Individuo e della Comunità –ASPIC (Rome).

    She is currently Full Professor of General Psychology at the Medical Faculty (Dept. Of Oncology and Haemato-oncology) at the University of Milan, Director of the Psychoncology Division and Director of the No Smoking Center at the European Institute of Oncology (EIO) in Milan, where she leads a team of 32 psychologists whose mission is to give support to oncological patients, their families and caregivers.

    She is Coordinator of Psychology training and development at LILT Nazionale, Italian Cancer League, Coordinator of Doctorate in Medical Humanities (Foundations of the life Sciences and their ethical consequences) at SEMM (European School of Molecular Medicine), Milan.

    She is also Past Director of the Medical Faculty (Dept. Of Oncology and Haemato-oncology) at the University of Milan.

    She is the Principal investigator of 3 European projects and member of the Editorial Board of several Scientific Journals.

    She has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and is the main author/co-author of 50 books.

    Her research activities are almost entirely conducted at the EIO, at both national and international level, with focus on cognitive processes, decision-making and error prevention, with particular attention to the medical field, medical humanities, health, and centrality of patient.

  • 12 Jan 2022 3:02 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    The Division of Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology, within the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital, seeks applications for a full-time academic pediatric psychologist.

    This exciting position provides opportunities for direct clinical service, teaching, program development, and/or research.  Responsibilities include care of on-treatment pediatric oncology patients and their families in both inpatient and outpatient settings at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital with a focus in Neuro-oncology. The role includes teaching post-doctoral psychology fellows, oncology clinicians, and other members of the interdisciplinary pediatric oncology team. Opportunities to focus academic effort and growth are available in education, research, or quality improvement, and intensive mentorship in each of these areas is available. 

    All applicants must hold a Ph.D. or Psy.D. from an APA-accredited doctoral program and preferably have completed an APA-accredited internship. Graduate, research and internship training experience with children and families affected by childhood cancer, and Post-doctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Psychology is highly valued.  A demonstrated commitment to education and/or the ability/potential to pursue research funding is desirable. Bi-lingual competency in Spanish also valued.

    Academic appointment and compensation will be consistent with experience and Hospital policies; Harvard Medical School appointments will be through Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and will likely be at either the Instructor or Assistant Professor level. Applicants must hold a Massachusetts psychology license prior to beginning their position.

    We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law. The Department is keenly interested in diversifying its faculty and encourages applications from a diverse set of candidates, including from women and underrepresented groups. Our organization is committed to supporting the work-life balance of our faculty.  We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job function, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

    If interested, please send a cover letter detailing your clinical, educational, and academic interests along with your CV to:  Michelle Jacobo, Ph.D., Director of Psychology Services Division of Psychosocial Oncology electronically to [email protected]

    Have a job position to advertise? Find out more by going to https://ipos-society.org/ads


  • 10 Jan 2022 2:33 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)


    I am a Senior Clinical Psychologist who has been working in cancer care for over a decade. I started my ‘cancer’ career working with CanTeen Australia, and started working in the Psycho-Oncology Service at RPA Hospital in 2009. Chris O’Brien Lifehouse opened in since 2013, and I transitioned across. In my current role I wear a couple of hats! I am the Allied Health Manager looking after 30 clinical staff across all Allied Health Disciplines, but also continue to have a clinical case load. I also teach in the University of Melbourne (Cancer care in young people) and the University of Sydney Cancer Nursing Program. My interest areas are specifically in AYA cancer care, and working with people at the end of life. I am involved in several research projects and teams, across both AYA and adult psycho-oncology. I have been an active participant in IPOS over the years, and was honoured to run a workshop in Banff in 2019 on the role of ACT in caring for AYAs. I am looking forward to hopefully making my way back to Canada for IPOS2022! I am really loving the networks of clinician’s that span the globe, and the expertise that is shared around during and between events.

    The last couple of years I have done some writing about the use of ACT in cancer care and have a couple of books out (Cancer, Sex, Drugs and Death, 2017 – For Health Professionals and The Cancer Companion, 2021 – For patients). In my downtime I am a bit of a surfing devotee, with an absence of talent to meet the enthusiasm. And for the most part, just like being out in the world, however that might be.

  • 23 Dec 2021 9:56 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)


    From ideal to actual practice: Tailoring a clinical pathway to address anxiety or depression in patients with cancer and planning its implementation across individual clinical services
    P. N. Butow, H. L. Shepherd, J. Cuddy, M. Harris, S. He, L. Masya, N. M. Rankin, P. Grimison, A. Girgis, J. M. Shaw, The ADAPT Program Group

    Qualitative inquiry of cancer caregiving during young adulthood: responsibilities, challenges, teamwork, and social support
    Austin R. Waters, Lisa H. Gren, Charles R. Rogers, Anne C. Kirchhoff, Echo L. Warner

    The PACT Study: results of a time series study investigating the impact, acceptability and cost of an integrated model for psychosocial screening, care and treatment of patients with urological and head and neck cancers
    Afaf Girgis, Hayley B. Candler, Tonelle Handley, Joseph Descallar, Vibeke Hansen, Marion Haas, Rosalie Viney, Philip Haywood, Douglas Bellamy, Anthony Proietto, Brian J. Kelly

    Relationships between fear of cancer recurrence, anxiety and worry, and health behaviors and health service use: a systematic review
    Sarah C. Reed, Julie Berrett-Abebe, Robin L. Whitney, Sayantani Sarkar, Janice F. Bell

    We think we can: development of the Dyadic Efficacy Scale for Cancer
    Danielle C. Brosseau, Johan Braeken, Cindy L. Carmack, Zeev Rosberger, Annett Körner

    Above and beyond cancer: a novel approach to growth and resilience in cancer survivors
    Miriam Vélez-Bermúdez, Aleisha Norton, Natalie Ament, Jessica Armer, Lauren Z. Davis, Richard L. Deming, Susan K. Lutgendorf

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