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Welcome to the Spirituality SIG!

Dr. Banyasz received her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.) from the University of Akron. She completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at The Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital in Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Medicine. She specializes in working with cancer survivors, as well as issues related to the emotional, physical, relational, and spiritual impact of cancer and chronic illness. She currently works at Akron City Hospital within the Summa Health Medical Group providing psychotherapy and psychological consults in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Research interests include suicide risk management in patients with cancer and chronic illness, as well as the relationship between trauma and chronic illness.


To advance the understanding of the spiritual care needs of people with cancer and to develop and implement resources to meet these needs through interdisciplinary collaboration, rigorous research, and evidence-based interventions.


  • To disseminate information regarding patient spiritual distress, as well as spiritual screening, assessment, and intervention content areas to oncology / psychosocial oncology providers to help them address patient spiritual concerns within their specific roles
  • Collaborate with other SIGs on shared initiatives
  • Leverage existing opportunities (e.g., APOS newsletter; potential webinar) to provide psycho-education on spiritual topics to APOS members
  • Maximize social media to encourage member networking and sharing of resources
  • Looking for a co-chair!

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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