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Psychosocial Oncology

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The University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCCCC)
The University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)
The Hematologic Malignancies and Blood and Marrow Transplant Program (BMT)

The University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCCCC) is the Rocky Mountain region's National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. UCCCC is located on the world renowned Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO, which has been called the largest biomedical campus in the West. UCCCC encourages and facilitates close cooperation and communication between basic scientists, translational researchers, clinical investigators and social, psychological and other behavioral scientists. As a psychology intern you will have opportunities to work with adult patients, caregivers, families, and healthcare providers affected by all types of cancer throughout the cancer journey. The psychosocial care of Oncology patients and BMT recipients takes place in our outpatient Cancer Center clinics, the Cancer Center Infusion Center, in our specialized BMT Infusion Center, and in the UCH Inpatient oncology unit.  All are conveniently situated adjacent to one another. This care can include individual, family, couples, and group therapy options. Health psychology and behavioral medicine assessments will be included in training. The multidisciplinary oncology teams include a psychologist, social workers, nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, consultants from other services, chaplains, nutritionists, as well as physical and occupational therapists. UCCCC and the BMT program, in particular, identify psychosocial oncology as an integral aspect of the multidisciplinary approach to cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.

 

 
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Jennifer Caspari, PhD (Counseling Psychology, University of Denver, 2011). Areas of expertise/interest: Psycho-oncology. Specifically, providing evidence-based assessment and psychological intervention (e.g., CBT, existential and meaning making techniques) to cancer patients with specific focus on allogeneic and autologous stem cell transplant recipients and their caregivers. Dr. Caspari’s overall clinical goal is to reduce distress and improve quality of life for patients and caregivers throughout the cancer trajectory.

Benjamin Brewer, PsyD (Clinical Psychology, University of Denver 2008). Areas of expertise/interest: Psycho-oncology. Specifically, providing evidence-based assessment and psychological intervention (e.g., CBT, existential and meaning making techniques) to cancer patients with specific focus on allogeneic and autologous stem cell transplant recipients and their caregivers. Dr. Brewer’s overall clinical goal is to reduce distress and improve quality of life for patients and caregivers throughout the cancer trajectory.

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