Psycho-Oncology Research Elective (Course Code: PSY-139)

Elective Course Description

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, symptom control, physician- patient communication, behavioral genomics, various psychotherapy interventions (individual, group, family/caregiver), tobacco cessation and other behavioral issues in cancer prevention and control. Many studies focus on the unmet needs of minority and underserved patient populations. Students will work on existing faculty-sponsored projects and will have opportunities for gaining experience in research design, systematic review of literature, methods of psychological assessment, clinical interviewing, data analysis and abstract/manuscript preparation. Weekly didactic seminars complement mentored research experience.

Learning Objectives 

  1. Gain understanding of the field of Psycho-Oncology.

  2. Conduct a literature review on topic of interest to student and their faculty mentor.

  3. Gain exposure to quantitative and qualitative research skills of relevance to conduct of psychological and behavioral research in cancer.

  4. Opportunity to become involved in a writing project.

Suggested Literature

  1. Psycho-Oncology. 3rd Edition, Edited by Jimmie C. Holland, William S. Breitbart, Paul B. Jacobsen, Matthew J. Loscalzo, Ruth McCorkle, and Phyllis N. Butow

  2. Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy in the Cancer Setting. Breitbart W (Ed.). Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2017.

For the program calendar, please see the elective module dates section of our website.