Fellows of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society
2014 Class of APOS Fellows
Mark Lazenby PhD, MSN Trained as a philosopher of religion, Mark Lazenby left his career as a professional philosopher to earn an MSN in oncology nursing from Yale in 2009. After his MSN, Dr. Lazenby went to the King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan, on a Fulbright Scholarship, where he and his colleagues studied the role of religion and spirituality in the wellbeing of Muslim patients with cancer. He continues to work on issues of spiritual wellbeing among Muslim patients with cancer. In addition, Dr. Lazenby has studied influences on place of death (home or hospital) in Botswana, Southern Africa, die (home or hospital). His is the first place-of-death study in sub-Saharan Africa. He has also studied the psychological and physical symptoms of patients with cancer in Gaborone, Botswana. Assistant Professor of Nursing and Divinity and Core Faculty on the Council of Middle East Studies at Yale University, he is a co-investigator on the Screening for Psychosocial Distress Program, an NCI-funded program to train cancer care professionals on how to implement and maintain comprehensive distress screening programs. He has served on the APOS Board of Directors since 2012.
Dr. William Redd
For more than 30 years Dr. William Redd has been a leader in the field of psycho-oncology, beginning with his seminal work on the analysis and control of conditioned aversions in chemotherapy patients. He was among the first investigators to identify the role of behavioral factors in cancer prevention and control. He maintains an active research program and currently has NCI funding to investigate interventions to treat cancer-related fatigue and the dissemination of evidence-based interventions to frontline clinicians. Dr. Redd is credited with mentoring many of the current leaders in the field. He continues his commitment to training the next generation of clinicians and researchers by overseeing national training workshops and by heading a highly successful NCI-funded post-doctoral training program. He credits his bedside interactions with patients as a critical source of hypotheses and intervention strategies.
Julia H. Rowland PhD
Dr. Rowland is Director of the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Survivorship and a long-time clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of psychosocial aspects of cancer. She has worked with and conducted competitively funded research among both pediatric and adult cancer survivors and their families, work that has included a special focus on and a number of studies conducted among breast cancer survivors. She has published broadly in the field of psycho-oncology, serving as co-editor with Dr. Jimmie Holland of the ground-breaking text, Handbook of Psychooncology: Psychological Care of the Patient with Cancer, as well as the Handbook of Cancer Control and Behavioral Science (Miller, Bowen, Croyle, Rowland, eds.). Dr. Rowland is a frequent speaker to both lay and professional audiences on issues related to the long-term and late effects of surviving cancer and has taken an active role in mentoring the next generation of survivorship-focused researchers and clinicians across her career.
Dr. Rowland received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in psychosocial oncology. While at MSKCC, where she held joint appointments in pediatrics and neurology, Dr. Rowland helped to develop and was the first Director of the Post-Treatment Resource Program (now known as the Resources for Life after Cancer Program), an innovative resource that continues to provide a full range of non-medical services to patients and their families after the end of treatment. In 1990 Dr. Rowland became founding Director of the Psycho-Oncology Program at Georgetown University and the Lombardi Cancer Center in Washington, DC. As part of her work at Georgetown, Dr. Rowland created an innovative program to bring attention to the unique challenges of cancer survivorship. The program paired first year medical students with cancer survivors in active treatment who in turn served as their guides to the art and science of living with, through and beyond cancer.
Dr. Rowland is a member of several advisory boards, including that of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. Since joining the NCI in September 1999, Dr. Rowland has expanded the activities and helped promote the visibility of the Office of Cancer Survivorship, and worked with numerous governmental and non-profit partners to advance public awareness about and secure funding for research addressing the health care and quality of life needs of the growing population of cancer survivors and their families. Dr. Rowland’s expertise in and deep commitment to championing this field earned her Fellow status in 2006 within both the American Psychological Association’s Division of Health Psychology and the Society of Behavioral Medicine.
Lori Wiener PhD, DCSW
Dr. Lori Wiener is co-director of the Behavioral Science Core and head of the Pediatric Psychosocial Support and Research Program in the Pediatric Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute. She has been central to the fields of pediatric psychosocial oncology and pediatric HIV. Her previous affiliations included work with adult cancer patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and as a pioneer in the early AIDS epidemic, running the first support groups for persons living with what was then referred to as Gay Related Immune Disease (GRID) and AIDS Related Complex (ARC). In 1986, Dr. Wiener joined NCI's pediatric oncology branch where she developed a robust clinical and research program that has focused on critical clinical issues that had not previously been studied in the HIV field, including parental needs and coping, children's distress, father's experiences, sibling issues, diagnosis disclosure, and loss and bereavement and later, with pediatric oncology families, studying areas such as lone parenting, transnational parenting, emotional consequences of medically required isolation, sibling donor experiences, graph versus host disease, and end-of-life planning. She currently is the Principal Investigator on 10 psychosocial studies. Dr. Wiener has also dedicated a substantial part of her career to applying knowledge from her clinical experience and psychosocial studies to create innovative resources such as workbooks, games and Voicing My Choices, an advance care planning guide for adolescents and young adults. Dr. Wiener is the senior editor of a Reference for Pediatric Oncology Clinicians: The Psychiatric and Psychological Dimensions of Pediatric Cancer Symptom Management, available through the American Psychosocial Oncology Society.
James ZaboraSCD, MSW
Dr. James Zabora came to the position of Director of the Life with Cancer Program for the Inova Health System in Northern Virginia after serving as Dean and Professor of Social Work at the National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS) of The Catholic University of America (CUA) for 10 years. Prior to CUA, Dr. Zabora had a 20 year career at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As an administrator, he served as one of the five Associate Directors in the Comprehensive Cancer Center with a special focus on community programs and research. Along with Mr. Matthew Loscalzo, Dr. Zabora developed what was considered to be the best psychosocial services for cancer patients and their families in the United States. Currently, Dr. Zabora’s research continues to focus on cancer prevention and control, psychosocial screening, problem-solving education, and quality of life among cancer patients and their families.