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Health Equity and Cultural Diversity

Welcome to the APOS Health Equity & Cultural Diversity SIG!

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.

Marcus Alt, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a member of the Onco-Psychology Program at the University of Kansas Cancer Center. Dr. Alt is a licensed psychologist and obtained his doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Iowa. Dr. Alt completed his fellowship at the University of Kansas Cancer Center, where he has continued to clinically serve patients undergoing cancer care. Dr. Alt has research interests on the impact of gender and sexual orientation on psychological distress, and relationships between multicultural factors and physical and psychological well-being. He is passionate about training medical providers on aspects of cultural humility and their own professional growth and identity, as well as its relevance in the clinical relationship. He is active on multiple institutional and local committees addressing various health equity and diversity initiatives.

To advance the knowledge and practice of psychosocial cancer care for all members of society by eliminating barriers to inclusion and alleviating disparities.
Statement of Scope:
1.  To support APOS scientific and program efforts that address health equity, including:

  • 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.

2.  To ensure that APOS scientific and program efforts involve a diverse and inclusive group of people

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