APOS is the only multidisciplinary organization in the United States dedicated to the psychosocial aspects of cancer treatment.

APOS membership consists of 450+ multidisciplinary practitioners and scientists from psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing, oncology, clergy, patient advocacy, and social and behavioral health scientists who collaborate to apply clinical, translational, behavioral and psycho-oncological research into psychosocial oncology practice.

APOS Member Benefits

Join the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) and receive the valuable benefits afforded to our members. In addition to joining a national community of psychosocial oncology professionals, you can participate in APOS professional education webinars for free; benefit from reduced conference rates; have access to online resources and educational programs; will receive 12 annual issues of the peer-reviewed, scientific journal Psycho-Oncology; and numerous other privileges (see below!). Reduced Member-in-Training rates are available for students.

APOS membership is based on the January through December calendar year. Membership fees will not be pro-rated. Any materials previously published will be distributed upon approval of membership, regardless of date of approval in the calendar year.

All APOS members are required to adhere to the APOS Code of Ethics.

Membership Levels

Full Membership offers the opportunity to vote in elections and be elected to office; however, all members are offered the opportunity to serve on APOS committees. All membership levels include an online subscription to the journal, Psycho-Oncology.

  • Full Member ($199) – Curriculum Vitae Required with Application. If your CV is not received, your application will be processed for Associate membership
  • Associate Member ($199) – No Curriculum Vitae Required with Application
  • Member-in-Training ($132) – Letter from Advisor/Department Chair Required with Application

Apply for APOS Membership

APOS offers multiple benefits to all of its members including:

  • Free participation in the APOS Webinar Series and free access to past recorded webinars as well!
  • Online subscription to Psycho-Oncology, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 12 issues (minimum)/year
  • Reduced rates for conferences and symposia sponsored by APOS
  • Access to the members-only website, which includes the following:
  • Member Listservs for the entire APOS membership and for Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
  • Opportunity to serve on APOS committees (all members) and be elected to office (Full members)
  • Bi-monthly member newsletter
  • Practice guidelines
  • Opportunity to build bridges to, and a network with, other similar and complementary organizations and professions
  • Opportunity to subscribe, for reduced members-only rates, to the Taylor and Francis journal, Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, six issues
  • Opportunity to subscribe, for reduced members-only rates, to the Cambridge Press journal, Palliative and Supportive Care, four issues
  • Opportunity to subscribe, for reduced members-only rates, to the Springer journal, Journal of Cancer Survivorship, four issues
  • Opportunity to be listed as a care provider in the online referral listing and through the APOS Toll-Free Helpline.


APOS Annual Conference

APOS’ annual conferences have drawn up to 500 researchers and clinicians each year since 2004 and have focused on the following themes:

  • Advancing Multidisciplinary Approaches to Psychosocial Oncology
  • Translating Psychosocial Oncology Research into Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Synthesizing Research, Advocacy and Program Development to Optimize the Quality of Care
  • Promoting Quality Psychosocial Cancer Care Across Diverse Communities
  • Integrating Psychosocial Services in Quality Cancer Care: A Cornerstone of Care
  • Integrating Psychosocial Research and Practice in Quality Cancer Care: Setting the Standard
  • Integrating Psychosocial Research and Practice in Quality Cancer Care: Confronting Challenges Together
  • Quality Cancer Care Across the Lifespan: Psychosocial Research and Practice Across Disciplines
  • Reducing Health Disparities in Quality Cancer Care: Psychosocial Research, Practice and Outreach
  • From Psychosocial Oncology to Oncology Supportive Care Services: New Evidence, Standards and Models for Patient-Centered Care
  • Implementing Quality Care Standards for Psychosocial Oncology and Supportive Care
  • From National to Global: Implementing the Standard of Psychosocial Care in Oncology (joint with IPOS in 2015)
  • Psychosocial Cancer Care for All: Achieving Equity in Psychosocial Oncology

In 2016, APOS began a three-year conference plan focused on the theme of Achieving Health Equity in Psychosocial Oncology. The 2016 conference addressed health equity in psychosocial oncology across ethnic, racial, and sociologic and religious cultural minorities. In 2017, APOS will focus on achieving health equity across the lifespan—from pediatrics to geriatrics, and in 2018, the conversation will turn to how innovative uses of big data and technology can help achieve health equity in psychosocial oncology.