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  • 13 Aug 2018 3:24 PM | IPOS admin (Administrator)

    2018 Arthur M. Sutherland Award and Memorial Lecture Recipient

    Professor Richard Fielding, BA (Hons), Dip Clin Psych, PhD (Hong Kong)

    Richard Fielding graduated in Psychology & Zoology from the University of London in 1974, completed his clinical psychology training in Manchester establishing one of the first cardiac rehabilitation programmes and support groups for women with breast cancer in the UK. After finishing a PhD from the University of Sheffield in medical psychology, he moved east, joining HKU as Assistant Professor in Medical Psychology in 1982. His research interests include social aspects of cancer and optimization of care for patients with chronic illness. He retired from full-time academia in 2017 but remains Honourary Professor of Medical Psychology in Public Health. He was formerly Head of the Behavioural Sciences Unit, and Director of CePORT, the Centre for Psycho-Oncology Research & Training, and of the Health Behaviour Research Group in the School of Public Health at HKU. Professor Fielding is on the Editorial Boards of the journals Psycho-Oncology, Health Psychology and Public Health, amongst others and has authored over 220 peer-reviewed papers, books and chapters. He is a recipient of the BMA Medical Book of the Year Award for his text on Clinical Communication Skills and has served in various board and committee positions of the International Psycho-Oncology Society, and is a founder member of the Asia-Pacific Psycho-Oncology Network. He is currently co-Chair of the Scientific Committee of the 2018 World Congress of Psycho-Oncology.

    2018 Bernard Fox Memorial Award Recipient

    Professor Brian Kelly, BMed (Newcastle), PhD, FRANZCP, FAChPM (Australia)

    Professor Brian Kelly is Dean of Medicine – Joint Medical Program, Head of the School of Medicine and Public Health and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has a longstanding background in clinical research addressing the psychosocial aspects of cancer and palliative care. Prof Kelly has undertaken large scale longitudinal cohort and intervention studies across mental health, palliative and end-of-life care, and psycho-oncology including research to explore ways to improve identification of psychosocial needs, health service models in psycho-oncology and integration of psychosocial care into cancer services. He has a broad interest in the strategies to improve education and support of health professionals in oncology and palliative care, including methods of clinical supervision and support, education in communication skills, and addressing the impact of care on clinicians. He has conducted research focussed on the patterns of psychiatric symptoms and disorder experienced by people with cancer, the doctor-patient relationship in end-of-life care in cancer, and longitudinal studies of bereavement in the cancer context, focussing on family and caregiver outcomes. His experience also extends to research and clinical service development addressing health care needs and services in rural and remote regions, and the psychosocial needs of Indigenous people with cancer. He extensive experience as a clinician in the field of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry with a focus on oncology and palliative care. Prof Kelly has contributed to national and international leadership roles including the Australian Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group and Chair of the IPOS Governance Committee. As Adjunct Professor in the Department of Oncology, with the Cummings School of Medicine, University of Calgary and Tom Baker Cancer Centre, he has also played a leadership role in the promotion of a unique cross-national collaboration in Psycho-oncology research.

    2018 Noemi Fisman Award for Lifetime Clinical Excellence Recipient

    Dr. Lili Tang, MD (China)

    Dr. Lili Tang is the Director of the Department of Psycho-Oncology in Peking University Cancer Hospital. She is also the first psychiatrist involving in palliative care and psycho-oncology in Mainland China. In 2005, Dr. Tang went to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Tom Baker Cancer center as a visiting scholar. In these two famous Cancer Center, Dr. Tang gained lots of experience and guidance. She provides symptom management and psychotherapy for both outpatients and inpatients. During over last two decades, she and her team have served more than 20000 cancer patients. She edited the first textbook of Psycho-oncology in 2012 and set up curriculum on psycho-oncology for postgraduate students majoring in Clinical oncology in Peking University in 2015. She has been the president of Chinese Psycho-Oncology Society (CPOS) and Beijing Psycho-Oncology Society (BPOS) since 2013. With her effort, CPOS has been developing rapidly and become an academic organization with more than 2000 members. Under her leadership, CPOS helped twenty caner hospitals set up psychosocial services, distributed in 18/34 provinces in China. In 2016, under her advocacy and organization, CPOS published the first Chinese Psychosocial Oncology Therapy Guidelines for Cancer patient in China, which represented a milestone in the development of Chinese psycho-oncology clinical practice. Supported by the funding from Chinese government, Dr. Lili Tang has built international collaboration in Asian, America, Canada and Australia to hold trainings on psycho-oncology, palliative care and doctor-patient communication all over the country and to conduct researches in these fields and her department has been evaluated as the model Unit of Chinese standardized training of psychosocial service and doctor-patient communication in cancer patients (2015.12-2020.12).

    2018 Hiroomi Kawano New Investigator Award Recipient

    Dr. Fiona Schulte, PhD (Canada)

    Fiona Schulte is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oncology, Division of Psychosocial Oncology in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She is also a registered psychologist in the Hematology, Oncology and Transplant Program at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Fiona is Vice-President of the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology and a member of a number of national and international committees focused on improving the care of pediatric and adolescent cancer patients, survivors and their families. Fiona’s research is broadly interested in enhancing the patient and family experience for patients diagnosed with cancer and improving the psychosocial late effects of childhood cancer survivors. She has been recognized for her research by receiving an International Society of Pediatric Oncology Young Investigator Award and Calgary’s Avenue Magazine Top 40 Under 40.


  • 24 Jul 2018 3:25 PM | IPOS admin (Administrator)

    This special interest group brings together and represent the interests of IPOS members with a special interest in Fear of Cancer Recurrence.

    Below is a list of the volunteers sitting on the committee:

    Sophie Lebel (Chair 2017 – 2019) – Canada

    Dr. Sophie Lebel is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa in the School of Psychology. She is also a Clinical Psychologist offering services to individuals coping with cancer and their caregivers. To date she has published 48 papers and has given over 140 conference presentations and workshops. Her research focus is on cancer survivorship, especially fear of cancer recurrence, stigma, sexuality, dyadic adjustment, and fatigue. As part of her work on fear of cancer recurrence, she has validated the English version of the Fear of Cancer Recurrence Inventory, examined the impact of fear of cancer recurrence in young women, and its costs to the medical system. She created a group cognitive-existential intervention to address this fear that was pilot-tested in women with breast or ovarian cancer and later adapted to an individual version. She is currently finishing a randomized controlled trial of this intervention with women with gynecological or breast cancer. Some of her current work involves distinguishing between clinical vs. normal fear of cancer recurrence.

    Allan (Ben) Smith (Deputy Chair 2017 – 2019) – Australia

    Dr Ben Smith is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Oncology Education and Research Translation (CONCERT), Ingham Institute and UNSW Australia. Previously Ben jointly coordinated the ConquerFear study, which found that a novel therapist-delivered intervention (ConquerFear) was effective in reducing fear of cancer recurrence. Ben is leading the development of an online version of ConquerFear to make evidence-based treatment for fear of cancer recurrence more accessible. Ben is also helping advance international research on fear of cancer recurrence through his role as deputy chair the International Psycho-Oncology Society Fear of Cancer Recurrence Special Interest Group.

    Nadine Kasparian (Secretary 2017 – 2019) – Australia

    Nadine Kasparian is an Associate Professor in Medicine at UNSW Sydney, and Head of Medical Psychology at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Cardiac Service. She currently holds two prestigious fellowships – a National Heart Foundation of Australia Future Leader Fellowship, and a Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice from the Commonwealth Fund.

    Nadine has over 100 published outputs, including articles in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, JAMA Internal Medicine and Genetics in Medicine. She has secured over $20 million in competitive grant funding, delivered over 150 conference presentations, and is the recipient of 26 research awards. She is an executive member of 10 national or international committees, founder and chair of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand’s Mental Health Care Working Group, and inaugural co-chair of the SPHERE Mindgardens Clinical Academic Group focused on reducing the burden of mental illness in children and young people. Nadine is also a practicing clinician and from September 2018, she will spend 12 months working at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

    Nina Moeller Tauber (Early Career Representative 2017 – 2019) – Denmark

    Nina Moeller Tauber, Msc. in Psychology, is PhD fellow at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Aarhus University. Nina is currently translating an Australian therapist-delivered intervention for fear of cancer recurrence (ConquerFear) into Danish and developing a group delivered version of the treatment, which will be evaluated in a randomised controlled trial. As a part of FORwards, Nina is also coordinating a systematic review and meta-analysis of the effect of psychological intervention on fear of cancer recurrence in collaboration with other members of this special interest group.


  • 23 Jul 2018 3:26 PM | IPOS admin (Administrator)

    Presenter: William Breitbart MD, Chairman, Jimmie C. Holland Chair in Psychiatric Oncology; Attending Psychiatrist, Psychiatry Service, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

    Items discussed:

    1. The relationship between meaning and psychological and spiritual well being.
    2. The structure, firms and processes of Meaning Centered Psychotherapy-an intervention designed to sustain or enhance a patient’s sense of meaning.
    3. Rvidence from 4 RCTs demonstrating the efficacy of Meaning Centered Psychotherapy in both Group and Individual formats.
    4. Adaptations of Meaning Centered Psychotherapy for survivors, caregivers, and bereavement.
    5. Opportunities for advanced training in Meaning Centered Psychotherapy.

    This recording is approximately 57 minutes in length. IPOS Members can request a certificate of completion once the webcast survey has completed the webcast survey.

    The recording must be opened and viewed in the Adobe Connect application.

    Webcast purchase options:

    • FREE: Current IPOS Members (members will be asked to input their individual IPOS Member Password (same as used to access IPOS members only section of website) in order to access. If you need it sent to you, please email [email protected].
    • $15 US: Non-members

    Not a current member of IPOS? Find out more by going to https://ipos-society.org/apply/


  • 18 Jul 2018 3:27 PM | IPOS admin (Administrator)

    Presenter: Prof Phyllis Butow BA, Hons(DipEd) M Clin Psych, MPH, PhD, Professor of Health Psychology, University of Sydney Australia

    Items discussed:

    1. Definition, prevalence, time-course, and impact of fear of cancer recurrence (FCR)
    2. Theoretical approaches, models and frameworks
    3. Interventions and evidence
    4. Future directions and how to get involved.

    Recorded on July 6, 2018. This recording is approximately 33 minutes in length. IPOS Members can request a certificate of completion once the webcast participant has completed the webcast survey.

    The recording must be opened and viewed in the Adobe Connect application.

    Webcast purchase options:

    • FREE: Current IPOS Members (members will be asked to input their individual IPOS Member Password (same as used to access IPOS members only section of website) in order to access. If you need it sent to you, please email [email protected].
    • $15 US: Non-members

    Not a current member of IPOS? Find out more by going to https://ipos-society.org/apply/


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