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Psychosocial Oncology Program

Description:
The Psychosocial Oncology Program (PSOP) offers free/sliding scale counseling, support, education, and mind-body therapies to anyone affected by cancer in and around Bronx, NY. Services are available to patients regardless of where they receive their medical care or ability to pay. The Psychosocial Oncology Program also serves as a training program for psychology graduate students who complete clinical internships and externships under the supervision of Dr. Alyson Moadel, licensed health psychologist. As an outgrowth of the PSOP, Dr. Moadel runs the Psychosocial Oncology Fellows seminar which addresses communication skills and physician stress and burnout towards improving physician-patient relationships and quality of life for patient and caregiver alike. In addition to service and training, the PSOP has a clinical research arm focusing on mind-body therapies including yoga, meditation, and spiritual/stress management groups, to examine the impact of these mind-body interventions on quality of life after cancer. Eligible patients participate in these interventions for free and complete quality of life interviews. For those not eligible for research, we have the the Bronx Oncology Living Daily (BOLD Living) Program which offers free workshops on creative arts, mind-body therapies, and health education to patients and family members. Workshops on Tai Chi, dance fitness, music inspiration, creative writing, nutrition and cancer, jewelry making, Reiki healing circles, image enhancement, and crochet have been offered. New workshops are being developed all the time.

Categories:
Behavioral; Cancer; Education / Training; Mental Health
Co-Investigators:
Alyson B. Moadel, PhD

Start Date:
11/1/1997

CONTACT INFORMATION
Contact Person: Evelyn Kolidas
Contact Phone:
718 430-2297

Associated division for this research project: Health Promotion and Nutrition Research


Contact information:
ph: 718-430-2200 or 2380 fax: 718-430-3052 email: cancersupport@aecom.yu.edu
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