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Allison J. Applebaum, PhD

Psychologist

Clinical Expertise

Psycho-oncology; Psychological Counseling for Patients with Cancer and their Caregivers; Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy; Existential Therapeutic Approaches

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Accepted Insurance Providers

Dr. Applebaum accepts the following list of insurance providers. Select your insurance provider to see more details.

Aetna

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, EPO PPO, POS, Transplant

Aetna Medicare Advantage (City of NY retirees only, starting 9/1/23)

Payor Type: Medicare/Medicare Advantage
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield New York

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Blue Cross Blue Shield states outside of NY/NJ

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, EPO PPO, POS

Blue Cross Health Plus

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Carrum Health

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): Supplemental

Cigna

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, HMO

Connecticare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem Essential

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Emblem Medicare Advantage

Payor Type: Medicare/Medicare Advantage
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, HMO

Empire Blue Cross Medicare Advantage

Payor Type: Medicare/Medicare Advantage
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, HMO, DSN

Empire Essential

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Empire Plan / NYSHIP (Blue Cross/UnitedHealthcare split plan)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO

Fidelis

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, EPO

Fidelis Managed Medicaid & HARP

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Fidelis Medicare Advantage

Payor Type: Medicare/Medicare Advantage
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

First Health

Payor Type: Medicare/Medicare Advantage
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO

Healthfirst

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): EPO, HMO, PPO, POS

Healthfirst Managed Medicaid

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Healthfirst Medicare Advantage

Payor Type: Medicare/Medicare Advantage
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, PPO

Healthsmart

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO EPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (HMO)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (PPO)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey Omnia Tier I (EPO)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): EPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey Omnia Tier II (EPO)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): EPO

Horizon Medicare Advantage

Payor Type: Medicare/Medicare Advantage
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, HMO

Husky CT Medicaid

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): State Government

Magnacare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, EPO

Straight NJ Medicaid

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): State Government

Straight NY Medicaid

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): State Government

Medicare Part A&B (traditional Medicare)

Payor Type: Medicare/Medicare Advantage
In Network Coverage Type(s): Federal Government

Multiplan/Beech Street/PHCS

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): Supplemental

MVP

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO/OAP

Non-Participating Plans with Out of Network Benefits

Payor Type: Other
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

NYC Medicare Advantage Plus for City Employees

Payor Type: Medicare/Medicare Advantage
In Network Coverage Type(s): TBD

Oscar

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO/EPO

Oxford

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, EPO

World Trade Center Health Program (WTC)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): State Government

Qualcare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, HMO

Tricare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, HMO

UMR

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS

United Healthcare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, HMO

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About Me

Education

PhD, Boston University

Residencies

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Fellowships

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

Clinical Psychology

I am a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in helping patients with cancer and their caregivers. In my clinical work, I use a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches, with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral and existential therapies. I have expertise in using cognitive-behavioral therapy to mitigate anxiety and depression and to improve overall quality of life in patients with cancer and their caregivers.

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I am the Director of the Caregivers Clinic, housed within the Memorial Sloan Kettering Counseling Center. This Clinic provides psychosocial support to cancer caregivers — family members and friends of patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering. For many, the stress of caregiving can easily become overwhelming and negatively impact one’s ability to perform this critical role. The purpose of the Caregivers Clinic is to help caregivers maximize their ability to provide care to their loved one with cancer while concurrently attending to their own self-care, needs, and other important responsibilities. In my work with individuals, groups, and families, I help caregivers strengthen their capacity to communicate comfortably and openly with the patients for whom they provide care, honor their responsibility to care for themselves, and recognize their potential for growth and resilience, and even benefit from this important role.

My research goals involve the development of psychosocial interventions for patients with cancer and their caregivers. I am particularly interested in understanding how we as humans make meaning of the cancer and caregiving experience, and how current empirically supported treatments may be adapted for effective delivery in the acute cancer setting. I am currently conducting research to understand how to best meet caregivers’ psychosocial needs while they face multiple competing responsibilities, and as a result have developed several brief psychotherapeutic approaches specifically tailored for caregivers. Additionally, I am investigating the unique experience of burden in caregivers of patients with particular cancer diagnoses and treatment regimens, such as patients undergoing bone marrow transplantations and patients with brain tumors. I am also very interested in how our current public policy landscape impacts the experiences of caregivers and how systems-level interventions, such as the establishment of medical records for caregivers, can facilitate improved care for families facing cancer.

I am a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, and the International Psycho-Oncology Society.

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Clinical Trials

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Memorial Sloan Kettering's doctors and scientists are constantly developing new treatments for cancer. MSK is typically running hundreds of clinical trials at a given time.

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Research and Publications

Cancer Caregivers (2019). A. Applebaum (Ed), New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Applebaum, A.J., Kent, E.E., & Lichtenthal, W.G. (2021). Documentation of Caregivers as a Standard of Care. Journal of Clinical Oncology. May 4;JCO2100402. doi: 10.1200/JCO.21.00402. Online ahead of printDocumentation of Caregivers as a Standard of Care | Journal of Clinical Oncology (ascopubs.org)

Applebaum, A.J., & Breitbart, W. (2013). Care for the Cancer Caregiver: A systematic review. Palliative and Supportive Care, 11(3), 231 – 252.

Applebaum, A.J., Kolva, E.A., Radomski, J.R., Jacobs, J.D., DeRosa, A., Lichtenthal, W.G., Olden, M.E., Rosenfeld, B., & Breitbart, W. (2014). Conceptualizing prognostic awareness in advanced cancer: A systematic review. Journal of Health Psychology, 19(9), 1103-1119.

Applebaum, A.J., Kryza-Lacomb, M., Buthorn, J., DeRosa, A., Corner, G.,& Diamond, E.L. (2016) Existential distress among caregivers of patients with brain tumors: A review of the literature. Neuro-Oncology Practice, 3, 232-244.

Applebaum, A.J., Bevans, M., Son, T., Evans, K., Hernandez, M., Giralt, S., & DuHamel, K. (2016). A Scoping Review of Caregiver Burden during Allogeneic HSCT: Lessons Learned and Future Directions. Bone Marrow Transplantation, 51, 1416 – 1422.

Applebaum, A.J., Buda, K.L., Schofield, E., Farberov, M., Teitelbaum, N.D., Evans, K., Cowens-Alvarado, R., & Cannady, R.S. (2018). Exploring the Cancer Caregiver’s Journey through Web-Based Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy. Psycho-Oncology, 27(3), 847-856.

Applebaum, A.J., Buda, K., Kryza-Lacombe, M., Buthorn, J.J., Walker, R., Shaffer, K.M., D’Agostino, T.A. & Diamond, E.L. (2018). Prognostic Awareness and Communication Preferences among Caregivers of Patients with Malignant Glioma.  Psycho-Oncology, 27(3), 817-823.

Applebaum, A.J., Panjwani, A.A., Buda, K, O’Toole, M.S., Hoyt, M.A., Garcia, A., Fresco, D.M & Mennin, D.S. (2020). Emotion Regulation Therapy for Cancer Caregivers – An Open Trial of a Mechanism-Targeted Approach to Addressing Caregiver Distress. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 10(2), 413-422.

 

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Applebaum’s journal articles. Pubmed is an online index of research papers and other articles from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

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Disclosures

Doctors and faculty members often work with pharmaceutical, device, biotechnology, and life sciences companies, and other organizations outside of MSK, to find safe and effective cancer treatments, to improve patient care, and to educate the health care community.

MSK requires doctors and faculty members to report (“disclose”) the relationships and financial interests they have with external entities. As a commitment to transparency with our community, we make that information available to the public.

Allison J. Applebaum discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • Blue Note Therapeutics, Inc.
    Intellectual Property Rights; Provision of Services

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