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Thank you for your interest in the Spirituality SIG of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society!  We are an inter-disciplinary group dedicated to understanding the religious and spiritual needs of cancer patients and their families, developing resources to meet these needs, and disseminating information about religiosity/spirituality to all oncology providers.  The SIG holds conference calls every 4-6 weeks that are open to all SIG members.  During these calls, we discuss our current projects and develop ideas for new initiatives.  Please see below for additional information regarding our mission and current activities.  You will also find information about joining the SIG and contact information for the SIG chair.  If you have experience in religiosity/spirituality in cancer care or are just interested in learning more, please consider joining our group!


Listserv:  (Must be a member- Subscribe on the Member Resources webpage.)
Listserv archive

Co-Chair: Alissa Banyasz, PhD


Current SIG Activities:

  1. Developing symposia presentations for the annual APOS conference.
  2. Promoting collaboration among SIG members.
  3. Creating connections with other APOS SIGs and Spirituality SIGs at other professional organizations.

Recent Member Accomplishments:


Balboni MJ, Puchalski CM, Peteet JR. The relationship between medicine, spirituality, and religion: three models for integration. J Relig Health DOI 10.1007/s10943-014-9901-8

Epstein-Peterson Z.D., Sullivan A.J., Enzinger A.C., Trevino K.M., Zollfrank A.A., Balboni M.J., VanderWeele T.J., & Balboni T.A. (2014).  Examining Forms of Spiritual Care Provided in the Advanced Cancer Setting.  American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  doi: 10.1177/1049909114540318

Ferrell, B., Otis-Green, S., and Economou, D. (2013). Review Article: Spirituality in Cancer Care at the End of Life. The Cancer Journal: The Journal of Principles and Practice of Oncology, 19(5): 431-437.
Read the full article here

Lagman, R. A., Yoo, G. J., Levine, E. G., Donnell, K. A., & Lim, H. R. (2014). “Leaving it to God” Religion and spirituality among Filipina immigrant breast cancer survivors. Journal of Religion and Health, 53(2), 449-460. DOI: 10.1007/s10943-012-9648-z

Levine, E. G. (In press). Jewish views and customs on death. In C. M. Parkes, P. Laungani, & B. Young (Eds.) Death and bereavement across culture, 2nd edition. London: Routledge.

Levine, E, Yoo, G, Aviv, C, Ewing, and Au. A. (2012). Spiritual Coping Among Breast Cancer Survivors from Different Ethnic Groups. In Spirituality: Belief Systems, Societal Impact and Roles in Coping. Hauppauge NY: Nova Publishers

Magyar-Russell, G., Pargament, K.I., Trevino, K.M., Sherman, J.E.  (2013).  Religious and Spiritual Appraisals and Coping Strategies among Patients in Medical Rehabilitation.  Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 24, 93-131.

Peteet, JR. What is the Place of Clinicians’ Religious or Spiritual Commitments in Psychotherapy? A Virtues Based Perspective. J Religion Health. DOI 10.1007/s10943-013-9816-9.

Peteet JR, Balboni MJ. Spirituality and Religion in Oncology. CA Cancer J Clin. 2013;63:280-289.

Puchalski, C.M, Ferrell, B., Otis-Green, S. Handzo, G. (2014). Overview of Spirituality in Palliative Care. e-Chapter: Read the full article here

Reblin, M., Otis-Green, S., Ellington, L. and Clayton, M.F. (2014). Strategies to Support Spirituality in Health Care Communication: A Home Hospice Cancer Caregiver Case Study.  Journal of Holistic Nursing. DOI: 10.1177/0898010114531856;
Trevino, K.M., Balboni, M., Zollfrank, A., Balboni, T., & Prigerson, H.G. (2014).  Negative religious coping as a correlate of suicidal ideation in patients with advanced cancer.  Psychooncology. doi: 10.1002/pon.3505

Trevino, K.M. & McConnell, T.R.  (in press).  Religiosity and religious coping in patients with cardiovascular disease: Change over time and associations with illness adjustment.  Journal of Religion and Health.

Yoo, G. J., Levine, E. G., & Pasik, R. (2014). Breast cancer and coping among women of color: A systematic review. Supportive Care Cancer, 22, 811-824. DOI: 10.1007/s00520-013-2057-3