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Annual Awards History
William Breitbart MD
William Breitbart MD is Interim Chairman, Chief of the Psychiatry Service, and Attending Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), New York, NY. Dr Breitbart is also Attending Psychiatrist, Pain & Palliative Care Service, Department of Medicine, MSKCC. Dr Breitbart began his career at MSKCC in 1984 as a Clinical Fellow in Psycho-oncology. Dr. Jimmie Holland was his supervisor. Dr Breitbart is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine. He was President of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine in 2007, and is Immediate Past President of the International Psycho-Oncology Society. Dr Breitbart was a founding member of ASPBOA which eventually became APOS.
Dr Breitbart has had 24 years of continuous R01 NIH/NCI funding for his research efforts which have focused on psychiatric aspects of cancer, AIDS and palliative care. Dr. Breitbart’s research activities ranged from clinical trials of psychopharmacologic interventions for delirium, and fatigue, to randomized controlled trials of Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for despair in advanced cancer patients.
Dr Breitbart received the 2003 Research Award from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, the 2007 Donald Oken Award from the American Psychosomatics Society, and the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Liaison Psychiatry. He is the 2009 recipient of the Arthur Sutherland Lifetime Achievement Award for the International Psycho-Oncology Society, and is the 2009 recipient of the Willet F. Whitmore Award for Clinical Excellence, MSKCC. In 2011, Dr Breitbart was the recipient of the Thomas P. Hackett Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr Breitbart has authored 160 peer reviewed empirical papers, 200 chapters and reviews, and has edited 8 major textbooks on psycho-oncology and psychiatric palliative care. He is Editor-in-Chief of the international palliative care journal “Palliative & Supportive Care,” published by Cambridge University Press.
William Redd, 2012
Ruth McCorkle, PhD, RN, FAAN, 2011
Paul Jacobsen PhD, 2010
Alan D Valentine MD, 2009
R Ferrell PhD, FAAN,
R Zabora ScD, 2007 Kathleen Foley MD, 2006
Avery Weisman MD, 2005
Fawzy Fawzy MD, 2004
Jimmie C Holland MD, 2003
Public Service Award
Peter Brown and Victoria Sardi-Brown
Peter Brown and Victoria Sardi-Brown founded the Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Public Charity, in the loving memory of their son Matthew J Brown, or as he was better known to his friends and family as “Mattie.” Mattie Miracle is committed to addressing the psychosocial needs of children and families living with childhood cancer, establishing a psychosocial standard of care for childhood cancer patients and their families, and educating health care providers on the impact of such a diagnosis on children and their families. Mattie Miracle believes through increased awareness, education and support, and advocating for psychosocial support and needs, we can enhance the lives of children with cancer and their families.
Mattie Miracle introduced the first childhood cancer psychosocial resolution in the House of Representatives in May of 2011, which was co-sponsored by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX). In March of 2012, the Foundation hosted the first ever Childhood Cancer Psychosocial Symposium on Capitol Hill. The Symposium was attended by 80 mental health professionals and lobbyists, representing over 12 states across the country. Mattie Miracle is committed to bringing awareness to the psychosocial issues of childhood cancer and raises funds annually to support this goal on the local and national levels. Mattie Miracle funds a Child Life Specialist position at Georgetown University Hospital, provides a free snack cart to families of pediatric patients at Georgetown University Hospital, and also funds a monthly support group luncheon for pediatric nurses. The Foundation has a presence on Capitol Hill, sponsored a successful Symposium, and is committed to working with psycho-oncology clinicians and researchers to develop and implement a childhood cancer psychosocial standard of care.
Award Recipients Virginia M. Noy, PsyD, 2012
Rosalynn Carter, 2011
Harold P Freeman MD, 2010 Carol Alter MD, 2009 Patricia
Ganz MD, 2008
S Houts PhD, 2007
Ellen Stovall, 2006
Douglas E Ulman, 2005
Outstanding Clinical Care Award
Anne Coscarelli PhD
Anne Coscarelli received a PhD in clinical psychology in 1980 and immediately accepted a research position in oncology at the Veterans Administration with a joint appointment at UCLA as a Research Psychologist. As part of a multidisciplinary team, she received grants from the National Cancer Institute, the Veterans Administration, UCLA and private foundations. She developed a unique quality of life tool to assess the diverse needs of individuals with cancer that is known nationally and internationally and has conducted clinically relevant research. For 32 years Dr Coscarelli has held faculty appointments at UCLA and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She has numerous publications in medical and psychological journals and is committed to finding compassionate ways to support the well-being of individuals as they make their cancer journey. While her career began with research, she is committed to providing psychological care to individuals touched by cancer. In 1992, she was recruited by the Dean of the UCLA School of Medicine and the Director of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center to develop a center to meet the myriad psychosocial needs of patients with cancer. Since that time she has served as the Founding Director of the Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology.
Dr Coscarelli received the “Outstanding Alumna of the Year Award” for her research in the area of psychosocial oncology in 1987 and the “Distinguished Service to the Profession of Psychology” award from the Los Angeles County Psychological Association in 2007. Dr Coscarelli has practiced as a psychologist in the oncology setting seeing patients and families and delivering a wide range of services to all diagnoses and stages of the disease. Dr Coscarelli also actively educates medical and mental health professionals about the psychology of cancer, survivorship issues, mind-body medicine, and compassionate end-of-life care. Dr Coscarelli, along with her colleagues, developed a multi-disciplinary training program for interns from the fields of psychology, social work and chaplaincy that is also integrated into the center’s core. Dr Coscarelli began this work at age 25 and has found deep personal meaning in it. She acknowledges that it has been life altering from the moment of being with her first patient, a 25 year old Veteran with metastatic osteosarcoma. Dr Coscarelli has two daughters, Makena and Katelyn, a step-daughter, Caitlin, and a husband, Mitchell Howard. She embraces her family and friendships with deep gratitude.
Lori Wiener PhD, DCSW
Barbara Sourkes PhD, 2011
Susan Ash-Lee MSW, LCSW, 2010
Brandon Hayes-Lattin MD, 2009
Weihs MD, 2008
D Passik PhD, 2007 Linda A Jacobs PhD, RN, 2006
Irene Pollin MSW, 2005
New Investigator Award
Michael Hoyt PhD
Michael Hoyt PhD is an assistant professor of health and clinical psychology at Hunter College at the City University of New York. He earned his PhD in clinical psychology from Arizona State University and holds a Master’s degree from the Tufts University School of Medicine-Emerson College program in Health Communication. He completed his clinical internship at the University of Washington, School of Medicine in behavioral medicine/neuropsychology and an NIMH-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles in health psychology and psychoneuroimmunology.
Dr Hoyt’s research investigates biobehavioral processes associated with quality-of-life in cancer patients. Specifically, he examines coping processes and other psychological factors associated with mental health, neuroendocrine and immune function, and adjustment to cancer and cancer treatment, with a focus on men and male-specific cancers. He focuses on understanding how cognitive, emotional, and sociocultural factors influence physical and psychological adaptation to illness. He has led several large research studies including a trial of men with mixed cancer types examining the utility of emotion-regulating coping processes; an investigation of the relationships of stress and coping processes with neuro-immune and sleep-related outcomes in men with prostate cancer; and a multi-phase study of health-related quality of life in young adults with testicular cancer. He has also been involved in a number of independent and collaborative projects including a meta-analysis of treatment trials for depression in cancer patients. His work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including Health Psychology, Cancer, JNCI, and Annals of Behavioral Medicine. He has received competitive funding for his work including awards from the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology.
Joseph Greer, 2012
Christian Nelson, 2011
Michelle C Fingeret PhD, 2010
Keith M Bellizzi PhD, MPH, 2009
Sherwood PhD, RN, 2008
S Rabin PhD, 2007
Peter C Trask PhD, MPH, 2006
Bradley Zebrack PhD, MSW, 2005
William Pirl MD, 2004
Outstanding Education and Training Award
Donald L Rosenstein MD
Donald L Rosenstein MD is Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he is Director of the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program. Dr Rosenstein is also Director of the Division of Hospital Psychiatry and the Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship Training Director in the Department of Psychiatry.
Dr Rosenstein earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from Wesleyan University, his medical degree from Northwestern University School of Medicine, and completed his residency training in psychiatry at Yale University.
Dr Rosenstein came to the University of North Carolina in 2009 after an 18 year career at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) where he held several leadership positions including NIMH Clinical Director, Chief of the NIH Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Service, and Chair of both the Clinical Center Ethics Committee and the NIMH Institutional Review Board.
Dr Rosenstein’s awards include the NIH Director’s Award and the NIMH Director’s Career Award for Significant Scientific Achievement. He is currently Director of the LiveSTRONG Center of Excellence for Cancer Survivorship at UNC and President of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.
Core Competencies to Fellows in Psychosomatic Medicine and Psycho-Oncology.
Andrew Roth, 2012
Vanessa Malcarne, PhD, 2011
Matthew Loscalzo, MSW, 2010