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.
SCOTT A. IRWIN, MD, PHD
Dr. Irwin is currently the Director of Cedars-Sinai Cancer’s Patient and Family Support Program and a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences within Cedars-Sinai Health System. His career focuses on improving outcomes for those with cancer or other progressive, potentially life-limiting illnesses, and their families, through leading-edge clinical services, ongoing research, and program development, improvement, and implementation. Read more here.
JON LEVENSON, MD
Dr. Jon Levenson’s specialty within psychiatry includes consultation-liaison psychiatry. He is boarded in the related subspecialty of Psychosomatic Medicine. Within these fields Dr. Levenson’s special areas of interest include psychiatric aspects of AIDS and Oncology, as well as psychiatric contributions to palliative care. He is past president of both the American Psychosocial Oncology Society and the Society for Liaison Psychiatry. Dr. Levenson is also interested in the training of medical students, residents, as well as other health professionals in the psychiatric aspects of medicine.
LYNNE PADGETT, PHD
Dr. Padgett is a rehabilitation psychologist who has worked in multiple healthcare and cancer care settings, including the School of Medicine at Emory University, Kaiser Permanente Department of Hospital Medicine, the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and currently at the Washington, D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Read more here.
ELYSE PARK, PHD, MPH
Dr. Park is a clinical health psychologist and health services researcher who focuses on improving health-related behaviors among populations at risk for cancer and survivors. Her research is conducted at the MGH Mongan Institute for Health Policy and she co-directs the cancer survivorship program at the MGH Cancer Center. Additionally, she is director of Behavioral Research at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at MGH and the MGH Tobacco Research and Treatment Center. Read more here.
ALLA SIKORSKII, PHD
Dr. Alla Sikorskii a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University. Dr. Sikorskii has formal training in Statistics and Probability and a track record of successful productive collaboration with health researchers and clinicians. She has built a program of research in cancer symptom management and patient-reported outcomes, and design and evaluation of interventions to improve these outcomes among people with cancer and other chronic conditions. Read more here.
HISTORY OF APOS FELLOWS
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.