Research Elective in Psychiatric Investigation in Cancer (PSY-139)


Psychosocial and behavioral research studies with cancer patients and their families are available for student research elective participation. Specific areas of investigation include quality of life of adult (including geriatric) and pediatric cancer patients, neuropsychiatric sequelae of cancer treatment, coping with chronic medical issues, symptom control, physician-patient communication, evaluation of psychotherapy interventions (individual, group, family), tobacco cessation and other behavioral issues in cancer prevention and control. Many studies focus on the needs of minority and underserved patient populations. Students will work on one of the projects outlined above and will have opportunities for gaining experience in research design with medically ill patients, methods of psychological assessment, clinical interviewing, data analysis, literature search, conducting systematic reviews and manuscript preparation.

Prerequisites Other than Third Year Rotations

Interview with course director.


For Cornell students only


One to Two modules. Short-term (one module) elective experience can be arranged.

Students per Module

Maximum of three


Jamie Ostroff, PhD

Elective dates (students applying through VSAS should refer to calendar information there)

A (July 5 - July 29) (Closed to international students)
B (August 1 - August 26) (Closed to international students)
C (August 29 – September 23 (Closed to international students)
D (September 26 - October 21)
E (October 24 - November 18)
F (November 21 - December 16)
G (January 3 - January 27)
H (January 30 - February 24)
I (February 27 - March 24) (Closed to international students)
J (April 3 - April 28)
K (May 1 - May 26)

Elective Program Online Application

International Students must apply by mail. See instructions

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