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. Read more here.
ANNA (NINA) MURIEL, MD, MPH
Dr. Anna (Nina) Muriel is a Child Psychiatrist and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). After Adult and Child Psychiatry training at Massachusetts General and McLean Hospitals, she worked in the Marjorie E. Korff Parenting at a Challenging Time Program at MGH providing care to adults with cancer and their families. She developed the Parenting Concerns Questionnaire to measure the concerns of parents with cancer and co-authored the book “Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child When a Parent is Sick.” Read more here.
CRISTINA POZO-KADERMAN, PHD
Cristina Pozo-Kaderman, Ph.D. is the Director of Clinical Operations for Cancer Support Services at Sylvester Cancer Center and Voluntary Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami for the past 3 years. She obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Miami. She completed her internship at Cornell Medical College, Payne Whitney Clinic and her fellowship in psycho-oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She was at the Mount Sinai Cancer Center on Miami Beach for 22 years. She is a clinical psychologist & certified in sex therapist for oncology patients. Read more here.
SHARLA WELLS-DI GREGORIO, PHD
Sharla Wells-Di Gregorio is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Palliative Medicine at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital where she provides clinical psychology services for Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Wells-Di Gregorio completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Northwestern University Medical School, a pre-doctoral internship at UCLA, and a postdoctoral fellowship in Biobehavioral Oncology at Ohio State. Her early research focused on the psychological and immune impact of caregiver stress for men whose wives had recurrent breast cancer. Read more here.
GWEN WYATT, PHD, RN
Over the past 30+ years Dr. Gwen Wyatt pursued psychosocial oncology with a continuously funded program of research. She is a full professor in the College of Nursing at Michigan State University (MSU). Her research focuses on reducing symptoms and improving the quality of life of cancer patients, and, more recently, their informal caregivers. She has served as PI on nine completed studies focusing on psychosocial oncology. Specific interest areas include end of life care, integrative therapies and the economics of incorporating integrative therapies into mainstream health care. Her research of complementary therapies have evaluated acupressure, meditation, imagery, therapeutic touch, reminiscence therapy and reflexology. Read more here.
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.