Research Fellowship in Psycho-Oncology

Research Fellowship in Psycho-Oncology


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The Research Fellowship in Psycho-Oncology is a two-year program that provides focus on the neuropsychiatric, behavioral, and psychological issues associated with cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, palliative care and survivorship. Fellows receive advanced training in all aspects of research design, quantitative methods, qualitative methods, mixed methods, dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments, data management and analysis, dissemination of findings (oral/poster presentations and manuscripts) as well as ethical conduct of human subjects research. 

All fellows participate in weekly seminars, lab meetings and conferences. Strong emphasis is on developing manuscript preparation and grant writing skills needed to launch an independent research career in psycho-oncology. During the first year, each research fellow participates in an ongoing research project under the supervision of 1 or more senior research faculty member from our Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences or Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Services. Departmental faculty interests are broad and address research in the areas of cancer disparities, biobehavioral mechanisms of symptom control, tobacco treatment, dissemination and implementation, genomics and behavior change, risk perceptions and decision-making, provider-patient communication, caregiver burden, psychotherapy process and outcomes, neuropsychological sequelae of cancer treatment, health related quality of life outcomes, childhood, adolescent and adult survivorship and bereavement. During the second year, fellows are expected to develop and transition towards independent research projects. By the end of the fellowship, research fellows will have conducted their own research projects, prepared abstracts and authored manuscripts for publication, and prepared grant applications for extramural funding.  



Length of Program

2-3 years


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

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

Number of Positions

6 postdoctoral slots and 2 predoctoral slots 

How to Apply

  1. Submit a current curriculum vitae
  2. Research Statement
  3. Three letters of reference from individuals familiar with your research potential (Dept Chair, Research Supervisors/Mentors)
  4. Memorial Sloan Kettering application form

Additional Information


If space is available, fellows may 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 postgraduate training.


Appointments are made for a 12-month period. Additional years of training appointment are available by mutual agreement of the faculty and fellow.

Program Director

Associate Director


Training Program Coordinator
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
633 Third Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10017
646-888-0079 (Phone)
212-888-2356 (Fax)
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