About Us

Empowering researchers & clinicians in the field of psychosocial oncology for over 30 years.

Our History

The American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) was formed in 1986 to bring together professionals working in the psychological, behavioral and social aspects of cancer. Its mission broadened in the early 2000s to network professionals from all disciplines working in psychosocial oncology. Over five hundred psychosocial oncology professionals gather at APOS' annual conference to share new research and clinical innovations. The Psycho-Oncology journal was begun in 1992 to publish research specific to psychosocial oncology in one journal.

Read more about our Founding President, Jimmie C. Holland, MD.

Our Mission

The mission of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society is to advance the development and delivery of equitable and evidence-based psychosocial oncology care through research, practice, education, and advocacy.

Our Vision

The vision of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society is a nation in which all people affected by cancer have access to quality psychosocial care to optimize wellbeing and biopsychosocial-spiritual outcomes.

Our Core Values

WE ADVOCATE FOR DIVERSITY, EQUITY, REPRESENTATION, AND INCLUSION in advancing the science and practice of psychosocial oncology care, recognizing the rights of all those affected by cancer to receive comprehensive person and family centered care.

WE EMPOWER A WORKFORCE TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THOSE AFFECTED BY CANCER through the development and dissemination of evidence-based education and resources, mentorship, and the creation of pathways to leadership.

WE FOSTER THE SPIRIT OF COLLABORATION by creating an inclusive environment for the exchange of diverse views and expertise among our transdisciplinary members and community partners to advance the mission.

WE MODEL INTEGRITY, HONESTY, AND ACCOUNTABILITY by standing for what is just and right and measuring ourselves against the highest levels of scientific and ethical standards in research, education, and clinical practice.

View APOS's Full 2022 Strategic Plan