As a psycho-oncologist, I help cancer patients and their families beat cancer, adapt despite multiple challenges, and draw closer to one another. Anxiety, depression, problem-solving, and survivorship are examples of areas that I might address during therapy with a patient. I use cognitive therapy (a type of psychotherapy) or medications (such as antidepressants and antianxiety agents) to help my patients. I work particularly closely with leukemia, lymphoma, and stem cell transplantation patients, both in the Counseling Center and as a leader of the leukemia and lymphoma patient care teams.
I am a member of the Communication Skills Research and Training Laboratory (Comskil), where I teach physician-patient communication. Our aim is to help physicians, nurses, patients, and families communicate more effectively, and therefore make better decisions. My research is focusing on developing better ways for Intensive Care Unit physicians to communicate with families on the subject of palliative care. I am also developing cognitive therapy approaches for psychiatrists and psychologists working with hospitalized patients.
I have written chapters for several important textbooks, including Psycho-Oncology, Psychiatric Ethics, and the Oxford Handbook of Communication in Cancer and Palliative Care.
I am board-certified in Adult Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine (psychiatry in the medically ill). I am also a certified Cognitive Therapist. Additionally, I am an active member of several professional organizations, including the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.
- Clinical Expertise: Psychiatry; Psycho-oncology; Cognitive Therapy; Management of Depression and Anxiety; Cancer Survival
- Languages Spoken: English
- Education: MBBS, Monash University (Australia)
- Residencies: Eitanim Mental Health Center (Israel)
- Fellowships: Long Island Jewish Medical Center; Columbia University
- Board Certifications: Psychiatry; Psychosomatic Medicine; Cognitive Therapy
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