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APOS Fellows

The purpose of Fellow status is to recognize and honor outstanding contributions to the science and practice of psychosocial oncology. Membership in the Fellowship is not purely honorific, however: it carries an expectation of ongoing contributions to and leadership within the Society.  View the APOS Fellow eligibility criteria.


KAREN KAYSER, MSW, PhD

Dr. Karen Kayser holds the Dr. LaRocca Chair in Oncology Social Work at the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work.  She earned in interdisciplinary PhD in Social Work and Psychology from the University of Michigan. Upon completing her PhD, she worked as an NICHD Post-doctoral Fellow on a clinical research with families coping with childhood cancer. This experience inspired her to pursue her career in psychosocial oncology with a particular focus on studying cancer within the context of families and intimate relationships.

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ANNA (NINA) MURIEL, MD, MPH

Dr. Rosenstein is Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at the University of North Carolina where he is Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program and Vice-Chair of the Division of Hospital 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.  He is the former Clinical Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Past-President of both the Academy of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS). Dr. Rosenstein and Justin Yopp, PhD are the authors of The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life (Oxford University Press).


ANNA (NINA) MURIEL, MD, MPH

Dr. Rosenstein is Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at the University of North Carolina where he is Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program and Vice-Chair of the Division of Hospital 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.  He is the former Clinical Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Past-President of both the Academy of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS). Dr. Rosenstein and Justin Yopp, PhD are the authors of The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life (Oxford University Press).


ANNA (NINA) MURIEL, MD, MPH

Dr. Rosenstein is Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at the University of North Carolina where he is Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program and Vice-Chair of the Division of Hospital 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.  He is the former Clinical Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Past-President of both the Academy of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS). Dr. Rosenstein and Justin Yopp, PhD are the authors of The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life (Oxford University Press).


ANNA (NINA) MURIEL, MD, MPH

Dr. Rosenstein is Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at the University of North Carolina where he is Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program and Vice-Chair of the Division of Hospital 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.  He is the former Clinical Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Past-President of both the Academy of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS). Dr. Rosenstein and Justin Yopp, PhD are the authors of The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life (Oxford University Press).


History

At the 2012 APOS 9th Annual Conference, the APOS Board of Directors decided to explore establishing a Fellow status for the organization. A task force was formed in April 2012, and that task force presented a proposal to the Board in August recommending creation of this honorary status, as well as suggesting eligibility criteria and selection procedures.

At the 2013 APOS 10th Annual Conference, the APOS Board presented the first class of APOS fellows, individuals recognized for their outstanding contributions to the science and practice of psychosocial oncology. In honor of the 10th anniversary of the organization, 10 fellows were inducted.

View the previous classes of APOS Fellows 

Dr. Karen Kayser holds the Dr. LaRocca Chair in Oncology Social Work at the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work.  She earned in interdisciplinary PhD in Social Work and Psychology from the University of Michigan. Upon completing her PhD, she worked as an NICHD Post-doctoral Fellow on a clinical research with families coping with childhood cancer. This experience inspired her to pursue her career in psychosocial oncology with a particular focus on studying cancer within the context of families and intimate relationships.

After her post-doc, Dr. Kayser was offered an Assistant Professor position at the Graduate School of Social Work at Boston College where she taught and conducted research for the next 20 years. During her years in Boston, her research agenda focused on studying the interpersonal and cultural factors that impact adjustment to cancer.  She developed a couple-based intervention for breast cancer patients (Partners in Coping) and conducted a randomized controlled trial at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital.  She disseminated the Partners in Coping treatment protocol in the book Helping Couples Cope with Women’s Cancers: An evidence-based approach for practitioners (co-authored with Dr. Jennifer Scott; Springer, 2008).

In 2011, Dr. Kayser left Boston College to become the inaugural Endowed Chair in Oncology Social Work at the University of Louisville (UofL).  As the Dr. LaRocca Chair, she has developed innovative educational and research programs with the goal of building the workforce capacity to provide evidence-based psychosocial oncology services. Nationally, she established the first program in Psychosocial Oncology in a graduate school of social work. Her clinical research has focused on improving the delivery of distress screening and management services in cancer care.  She collaborated with Dr. Brad Zebrack and the Association of Oncology Social Work on A Project to Assure Quality Cancer Care (APAQCC) and the Patient-Centered Research Collaborative (PCRC). Her current research focuses on the promotion of cervical cancer screening and the HPV vaccination in rural Kentucky where rates of HPV-related cancers are among the highest in the nation. Dr. Kayser also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology.