Research Fellowship in Psycho-Oncology

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The Research Fellowship in Psycho-Oncology is a one- to two-year program that provides opportunities for training and research experience as it relates to psychiatric, behavioral, and psychological issues in cancer. The program integrates psychiatric consultation with clinical studies of psychosocial and behavioral aspects.

Training in the research program includes instruction in research design, methods of assessment, basic statistics, data analysis and manuscript preparation, and ethics of behavioral research.

All fellows participate in a weekly research forum. This aspect of the research curriculum serves to enhance the research training environment. The weekly research forum consists of the following: 1) faculty research rounds — where research faculty teach research skills, present their ongoing research projects, and present topics such as grant preparation and manuscript review; 2) statistics and research design, which is held every other week and is a two-hour seminar in advanced research design and statistical approaches; 3) Journal Club, where each fellow takes turns choosing and leading a discussion on several recently published articles selected for both research and clinical significance; 4) Writers’ Club, where fellows present current manuscripts they are working on for editorial comments and feedback; and 5) roundtable with the Grand Rounds speaker, which occurs approximately once a month and allows for an intimate discussion followed by questions and answers regarding the speakers’ research interests and projects.

During the first year, each research fellow will participate in an ongoing Behavioral Sciences Service research project under the supervision of one of the research faculty. During the second year, fellows are expected to develop a new research project and carry out this project through data analysis and manuscript preparation. By the end of the fellowship, research fellows will have conducted their own research projects, prepared abstracts and manuscripts, and served as first author of a manuscript and second author on several others.



Length of Program

1-2 years


Applicants must have a PhD in psychology, neuroscience, public health, or a behavioral/social sciences discipline. The department also accepts MD applicants who have had a residency in psychiatry, neurology, or medicine and some prior research experience.

Our department accepts limited members of predoctoral research fellows into its NCI training grant. Applicants for these positions must be enrolled in a graduate program and plan to conduct master’s or doctoral level research at Memorial Sloan- Kettering under the supervision of an attending of our department.

Number of Positions


How to Apply

Applicants should complete the application packet as follows:

  1. Submit a current curriculum vita

  2. Research Statement

  3. Three letters of reference (Department Chairman, Research Supervisor)

  4. Memorial Sloan Kettering application form

Additional Information


If space is available, fellows may potentially be assigned housing in Memorial Sloan Kettering apartment buildings. Our Housing Office may be helpful in finding housing for fellows and their families, but it cannot assume an obligation to do so.


Stipends are based on years of previous training and and compensation, and the department chairman sets them each year. Level of postgraduate training will also determine them.


Appointments are for a 12-month period. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The second year of the program is available by mutual agreement of the faculty and fellow.

Program Director

Associate director

Bruce Rapkin, PhD

Assistant Director


Liesl Teixeira, Training Program Coordinator
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
641 Lexington Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10022
646-888-0079 (Phone)
212-888-2356 (Fax)