• 20 Jul 2021 8:46 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    We invite you to participate in a study on:


    Consider taking this survey if you are a:

    (1) counselor, psychotherapist or mental health professional

    (2) serving Latinos with cancer

    We would appreciate answering this online survey which takes about 15-20 minutes. Please go to: https://redcap.link/FIPOL

    Contact: [email protected] if you have any questions.




  • 19 Jul 2021 2:19 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    1. Management of Clinical Depression and Anxiety

    Edited by Maggie Watson and David Kissane


    April 2017 | March 2017

    £23.99 £19.19 | $33.95 $27.16

    This volume provides a brief set of clinical guidelines for handling clinical depression and anxiety in cancer patients.

    2. Sexual Health, Fertility, and Relationships in Cancer Care

    Edited by Maggie Watson and David Kissane


    June 2020 | March 2020

    £22.99 £18.39 | $35.00 $28.00

    This volume provides clinical management guidelines for the impact of cancer and oncology treatments on sexual health, fertility and relationships. individuals and couples.

    Order both titles online at www.oup.com/academic and enter WATSON20 to save 20%

  • 8 Jul 2021 11:33 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    My name is William “Bill” Breitbart and I was a founding member of the International Psycho-Oncology Society’s (IPOS) in 1984. 1984 was the year I became a Clinical Fellow in Psychiatric Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and had the privilege of being mentored by Dr. Jimmie Holland.  In 1984, Dr Holland and an international group of Psych-oncology pioneers established IPOS, and I was there to see it all begin and to ultimately participate in helping IPOS grow over the next 4 decades. I joined the faculty of MSKCC in 1986 and stayed on ever since. I became the Chief of the Psychiatry Service in 1996 (succeeding Dr Holland as she became the first Chair of our new Department) and I became Chairman of the Department at MSKCC in 2011. I have also been the Fellowship Training Program Director of our fellowships at MSKCC for over 20 years, and I have trained and mentored over 400 young psychiatrists and psychologists in psycho-oncology over the last 37 years I joined the Board of IPOS in 1990 and served as Treasurer, Secretary and Vice-president, before becoming President of IPOS in 2009. I received the IPOS 2009 Sutherland Lifetime Achievement Award and the IPOS 2019 Jimmie Holland Award for lifetime contributions to psychiatric oncology. I am currently a President Emeritus of IPOS. I helped establish IPOS Press which has published a number of handbooks in Psycho-oncology in partnership with Oxford University PressMy clinical and research efforts have focused on psychiatric aspects of cancer and palliative care. My research has included studies of delirium, pain, fatigue, desire for hastened death, and the role of inflammation in cancer-related depression. My most recent efforts focus on Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for cancer patients, an “NCI designated Research Tested Intervention” for end of life despair. I have had continuous NIH RO1 funding of investigator-initiated research since 1989. I am currently PI of R25 CA190169 which is training a national and international cohort of cancer care clinicians in Meaning Centered Psychotherapy. I have over 500 peer review publications, chapters and review papers, and 16 textbooks including: Psycho-oncology - 1st , 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Editions (I took over as Senior editor from Dr. Holland for the 4th edition of Psycho-oncology which was published in 2021) ; Psychosocial Palliative Care; Handbook of Psychiatry in Palliative Medicine – 1st and 2nd Editions; and the treatment manuals for Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy in Advanced Cancer Patients; and Individual Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Advanced Cancer Patients; and Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy in the Cancer Setting from Oxford University Press. I am Editor-in-Chief, of Cambridge University Press’ international palliative care journal entitled, “Palliative & Supportive Care”. One thing that people are surprised to learn about me is that in fact I do sleep 8 hours a night and I am quite a procrastinator. I’m an example of how dedication to a mission and the courage to risk failure are attributes that can help one achieve a meaningful life.

  • 2 Jul 2021 1:23 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    Date July 22, 2021 (+1 day for those in Asia/Pacific) Time 10:00 a.m. EDT

    Duration 60 minutes


    • Glynnis McDonnell, PhD, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Centre
    • Sharon Manne, PhD, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
    • Daniel Hall, PhD, Harvard Medical School


    • Marije van der Lee, PhD, Tilburg University
    • Meeke Hoedjes, PhD, Tilburg University

    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

    Register now by going to https://stanford.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vhtSC7beS72L3ESNSmojpw

  • 18 May 2021 8:49 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    Recorded in May 2021

    Objectives for Webinar:

    • Explore the current and impending realities of living with cancer and working in cancer care.

    • Inform health professionals how to prepare for ensuing challenges in the coming months as health care systems around the world brace for a dramatic rise in cancer cases

    • Inform how cancer coaching could be now and after the pandemic


    • Patricia Barrett-Robillard RN, BScN, MNRS Cancer Coach at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and Mayo Clinic Trained Wellness Coach

    • Stephanie Woodard, Manager, Health Coaching Strategy and Impact at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and Mayo Clinic Trained Wellness Coach

    • Dr Doris Howell, Dr. Doris Howell, Program Director of our Cancer Coaching Professional Certificate / Emeritus Scientist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Research Institute

    • Susan Freenfield, Patient


  • 15 May 2021 1:04 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    JPORP is now offering full or partial equitable waivers for accepted articles from low-income and middle-income economies. Eligibility is based on the Research4Life eligibility criteria. Countries listed in Group A are eligible for the full waiver and countries listed in Group B are eligible for the partial (50%) waiver. The waiver is automatically applied based on the Corresponding Author's country information provided during submission.

    To determine your eligibility, visit the Research4Life criteria page at https://www.research4life.org/access/criteria/

    Click here to learn more on how to submit to our Journal - https://www.editorialmanager.com/jporp/default.aspx

    Questions about this journal can be directed to [email protected].​

  • 6 May 2021 5:38 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    The Center for Psychiatric Oncology & Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Psychiatry of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) / Harvard Medical School (HMS) is seeking a Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Research Fellow for two years. The postdoctoral fellow will also be a member of the Cancer Outcomes Research & Education (CORE) Program in the MGH Cancer Center. The fellow will be eligible for two years of salary (competitive) support through one MGH-funded and one NIH-funded grant. They will have an academic appointment at HMS and should have completed the requirements for their Ph.D. Ideal applicants are those who plan to transition to an academic position after the fellowship period. The fellow will devote 80-85% of effort to psychosocial oncology/cancer outcomes research and 15-20% to clinical work and supervision in the psychiatric oncology service. Supervised hours for licensure are assured, as is a wealth of opportunities for multidisciplinary research collaboration and extensive mentorship. A successful candidate will have a strong demonstrated interest and experience in clinical intervention research in psychosocial oncology and cancer outcomes, and those with experience working with people with different types of cancer, their family and/or friend caregivers, cancer survivors, or those at end-of-life are encouraged to apply.

    For the full position announcement contact Jamie Jacobs, PhD at [email protected].

  • 4 May 2021 2:58 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)


    MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING (MSK) CANCER CENTER invites applications for a full-time psychologist position in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. This faculty position will focus primarily on clinical care and will also have opportunities for teaching and conducting collaborative research. This position will provide psychological care to MSKs regional sites in Long Island, with an in-person presence one day a week at MSK Nassau and one day a week at MSK Commack. The position will also provide care to patients in Manhattan and will be a mix of in-person and telehealth. Candidates should have clinical experience and appropriate training in working with adult cancer patients and their families. This position will work with cancer patients, and their families and caregivers, with a variety of cancer diagnoses and cancer stages. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences currently has over 40 full-time faculty with wide interests in psycho-oncology clinical care, teaching, and research. This search is open to potential candidates at junior levels of career experience and appointments will be made at an academic level commensurate with the appointee’s experience. All faculty hold academic appointments at the Weill Cornell Medical College. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. MSKCC provides excellent benefits including faculty housing benefits. MSKCC is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

    Email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least 3 references to:
    Christian J. Nelson, PhD Chief, Psychiatry Service Attending Psychologist, Member
    c/o Laurie Schulman
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    641 Lexington Avenue, 7th Floor New York, NY 10022
    Email: [email protected]

  • 14 Apr 2021 2:04 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    The 2021 IPOS Members meeting has been scheduled for June 29, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. ET (New York/Toronto). Verify your time zone by going to https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html.

    This year, the AGM will be held via Zoom. Access information will be included in registrant confirmation.

    Advance copy of the meeting materials will be emailed to all registrants closer to the date of the AGM. They will include:
    • Annual Meeting Agenda
    • 2020 Annual Meeting Minutes
    • 2020 Financial Report
    • 2020 Membership Report

    As this was an election year as the board, the newly elected board of directors as well as your current board of directors will be present. 

    Please note that only current members of IPOS can register/participate. We need a quorum of at least 124 voting members (either in person or by proxy) in order to proceed. Of our members, only individuals holding an “Active” or “Early Career” membership can vote. 

    If you are unable to attend hold an “Active” or “Early Career” type of membership, you are encouraged to submit a proxy in advance. Proxies can be completed electronically at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IPOSAGMProxy2021

    To review the IPOS Constitution, please go to https://ipos-society.org/about/organization.


  • 13 Apr 2021 8:45 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    Thanks to all the nominees for the 2021-2023 IPOS Board of Directors. Thanks also to all the IPOS eligible voting members. We had a record-breaking voter response.

    The below will the the official board of directors as of June 29 for 2021-2023:

    • President: Thomas Hack (Canada)
    • Past President: Jane Turner (Australia)
    • Vice President: Wendy Wing Tak Lam (Hong Kong)
    • Secretary: Csaba László Dégi (Romania)
    • Treasurer: Chioma Asuzu (Nigeria)
    • Early Career Director: Lauren Heathcote (USA)
    • Cristiane Decat Bergerot (Brazil)
    • Jayita Deodhar (India)
    • Tania Estapé (Spain)
    • Melissa Henry (Canada)
    • Philip Ouma Odiyo (Kenya)
    • Patricia Parker (USA)

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