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Health Equity and Cultural Diversity

Welcome to the APOS Health Equity & Cultural Diversity SIG!

Charles Kamen, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester and serves as the Chair of Health Equity Research for the University of Rochester NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) Research Base.  He is a licensed clinical psychologist and holds a PhD from the University of Georgia and an MPH from the University of Rochester.  Dr. Kamen’s research focuses on cancer-related health disparities affecting sexual and gender minority (e.g., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) cancer patients and survivors. He has developed tailored interventions for SGM cancer patients and their caregivers, and has worked with community organizations to develop best practices for improving cancer care delivery to SGM patients and to collect sexual orientation and gender identity data in the context of cancer care.  Dr. Kamen’s research has been funded by the National Cancer Institute and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association’s Lesbian Health Fund.

Amy Zhang, PhD, MS, is a tenured Associate Professor at the France Payne Bolton School of Nursing and an adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University. She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a PhD in Cross-Cultural Social and Behavioral Sciences from Pennsylvania State University, and postdoctoral treating in Public Mental Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Zhang’s health disparity research focuses on cancer patient’s mood and its sociocultural determinants. She has received NIH/NCI and U.S. government’s Fulbright Research funding to study cancer-related depressive symptoms across races and cultures. In addition, funded by the NCI/NIH, she has developed a behavioral intervention to treat persistent urinary incontinence in prostate cancer patients following surgery and radiation. She has served on NIH CSR grant review panels, University Hospitals of Cleveland’s IRB, and Case Western Reserve University’s Faculty Senate and Faculty Senate Executive Committee.


To advance the knowledge and practice of psychosocial cancer care for all members of society by eliminating barriers to inclusion and alleviating disparities.


  • To foster awareness of health disparities in cancer, enhancing culturally and socio-ecologically responsive prevention/early detection/quality of life/psychosocial care, and promoting diversity inclusion in our field.
  • To promote research, and clinical and supportive care to identify cancer disparities and promote optimal health related quality of life and survivorship outcomes for all.
  • To develop and evaluate community‐based, culturally informed and clinically‐responsive research methods to enhance recruitment and retention of underserved and ethnic minority cancer populations in behavioral research trials.

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