Rena Szabo, PsyD
Dr. Rena Szabo has led an impressive career as a Licensed Health Psychologist and leader in Integrative Medicine, whole-person, patient-centered healthcare, and Psycho Oncology. In 2018, Dr. Szabo was recognized with the National Health Leadership Award from the Golisano Health Foundation. In 2020, she completed a fellowship at the University of Michigan and became 1 of 25 providers who earned the highly sought recognition of an Integrative Oncology Scholar. Dr. Szabo serves at the Chair of Integrative Health for the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. She serves as a board member for the Arizona Lung Association, an Executive Board Member for Special Olympics Arizona, and a member of the United States Leadership Council in Washington, D.C. Dr. Szabo has a Doctorate and a master’s degree in clinical health psychology.
Serving as the Psycho Oncology Director for Banner MD Anderson Cancer Centers, Dr. Szabo continues to be committed to and plays a central role in developing, growing, and leading whole-patient cancer care services. Dr. Szabo is passionate about equally attending to the body, mind, and spirit of every cancer patients and their support team. She is passionate about health, wellness, and lifestyle and empowers patients and their support teams as a part of a multi-disciplinary team. Working at the intersection of oncologic medicine and behavioral medicine, Dr. Szabo believes that social, emotional, and cognitive oncology care are as central in the cancer journey as the allopathic medical treatments.
Additionally, Dr. Szabo has also dedicated her leadership within the space of health care workforce burnout; she is specifically passionate about approaches for Advanced Practice Providers, Health Psychologists, and Physicians. She is committed to leaning into burnout through measurement, development of strategies and tactics, and allocation of the resources necessary to achieve success in the critical work to address burnout. She chairs the CHIM BGMC & BMDACC committee, she is the Co-Chair of the CHIM Steering Committee, The Cahir of the BMDACC/BGMC Wellness Committee, and she is leading three Innovation & Solution projects. Dr. Szabo believes that our patients deserve care from a compassionate, competent, engaged, and resilient health professional workforce.
She is a well-known public speaker and has shared her expertise at several professional conferences, in the media, and on television to educate the community and colleagues on the importance of Psycho Oncology in cancer care. Additionally, she shares her knowledge as a Clinical Faculty member within The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.