Award Recipients

Congratulations 2014 APOS Award recipients! Read more about our award recipients below and also click here to view the 2014 Class of APOS Fellows!

Poster Presenters were awarded as well, click here to see the full list of Poster winners.

Holland Distinguished Leadership Award

David Spiegel MD

Dr. David Spiegel is Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Stress and Health, and Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he has been a member of the academic faculty since 1975.  He is Past President of the American College of Psychiatrists, Past President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.  He has published ten books, 368 scientific journal articles, and 156 book chapters on psychosocial oncology, stress physiology, trauma, hypnosis, and psychotherapy.   His research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Aging, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Fetzer Institute, the Dana Foundation for Brain Sciences, and the Nathan S. Cummings Foundation.  His research on cancer patients was featured in Bill Moyers' Emmy award-winning PBS series, Healing and the Mind.

Past Award Recipients
William Breitbart MD, 2013
William Redd, 2012
Ruth McCorkle, PhD, RN, FAAN, 2011
Paul Jacobsen PhD, 2010
Alan D Valentine MD, 2009
Betty R Ferrell PhD, FAAN, 2008
James R Zabora ScD, 2007
Kathleen Foley MD, 2006
Avery Weisman MD, 2005
Fawzy Fawzy MD, 2004
Jimmie C Holland MD, 2003

Distinguished Public Service Award

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.

Past Award Recipients
Peter Brown and Victoria Sardi-Brown, 2013
Virginia M. Noy, PsyD, 2012
Rosalynn Carter, 2011
Harold P Freeman MD, 2010
Carol Alter MD, 2009
Patricia Ganz MD, 2008
Peter S Houts PhD, 2007
Ellen Stovall, 2006
Douglas E Ulman, 2005

Outstanding Clinical Care Award

Jon A. Levenson MD

Dr. Levenson completed undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania and medical school at Hahnemann Medical College before attending general psychiatry residency at Yale University. In 1988, Dr. Levenson started fellowship training in psycho-oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer in New York where he served as chief fellow from 1989-90.  In 1990, he joined the faculty of the psychosomatic medicine division at Columbia University Medical Center where he continues to work and care for medically ill patients and families as well as serve as an educator, supervisor, and advisor for medical students, residents, and fellows.  His career has been devoted to the psychiatric and psychosocial care of cancer and HIV-infected patients and families.  Current research activity includes an ongoing NCI-funded study with colleague Carlos Blanco MD comparing the efficacy of three short term psychotherapies for depressed breast cancer patients. At Columbia, he has developed a novel outpatient psycho-oncology program with specific focus on psychiatrically symptomatic cancer patients who have been unable to engage in care.  In addition, he has developed a psychosocial rounds for oncology nurses which addresses issues of burn out, psychosocial skill set building, and professionalism. He also serves as senior psychiatric consultant within the New York Presbyterian Hospital Palliative Care Service, as well as adjunct clinical psychiatrist within the Center for Supportive Care and Clinical Ethics at Columbia University.

Dr. Levenson is a past president of APOS when it was known as ASPBOA – American Society of Psychosocial and Behavioral Oncology/AIDS -  from 1999-2001. He also served as president of the Society for Liaison Psychiatry from 2000-2002.  He has authored papers and chapters focused on management of psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders in cancer and AIDS patients. 


Past Award Recipients
Anne Coscarelli PhD
Lori Wiener PhD, DCSW
Barbara Sourkes PhD, 2011
Susan Ash-Lee MSW, LCSW, 2010
Brandon Hayes-Lattin MD, 2009
Karen Weihs MD, 2008
Steven D Passik PhD, 2007
Linda A Jacobs PhD, RN, 2006
Irene Pollin MSW, 2005

New Investigator Award

John M. Salsman PhD

Dr. Salsman is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a licensed clinical health psychologist and a full member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Kentucky and completed his pre-doctoral internship in medical/health psychology at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Salsman completed a two-year, combined clinical and research post-doctoral fellowship in psychosocial oncology at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare.

Currently, Dr. Salsman’s research program investigates psychosocial adaptation to the cancer experience across the continuum of care. By using a wellness model of health, he explores constructs that are often linked to resilience and enhanced quality of life among cancer patients and survivors (e.g., optimism, subjective well-being, meaning and spirituality, posttraumatic growth). He has been funded as a Principal Investigator by an American Cancer Society-Institutional Research Grant (ACS -IRG 93-037-18), an American Cancer Society-Illinois Division Grant (PSB-08-15), and a National Cancer Institute career development award (5K07CA158008). These projects focus respectively on fertility preservation decision-making among newly diagnosed young adults with cancer, health behaviors and psychological adaptation among young adult cancer survivors during re-entry, and leveraging the measurement science of the NIH PROMIS for optimal assessment of positive health processes and outcomes throughout the cancer care continuum.

Past Award Recipients
Michael Hoyt PhD, 2013
Joseph Greer, 2012
Christian Nelson, 2011
Michelle C Fingeret PhD, 2010
Keith M Bellizzi PhD, MPH, 2009
Paula Sherwood PhD, RN, 2008
Carolyn S Rabin PhD, 2007
Peter C Trask PhD, MPH, 2006
Bradley Zebrack PhD, MSW, 2005
William Pirl MD, 2004

Outstanding Education and Training Award

Shirley Otis-Green MSW, LCSW; Brad Zebrack PhD, MSW, MPH; and Barbara L. Jones PhD, MSW

Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker and Senior Research Specialist in Nursing Research and Education at the City of Hope in Duarte, California.  Her clinical work, research, presentations and publications focus on transdisciplinary palliative care and integrated symptom management with a special emphasis on underserved populations.  Shirley is the Principal Investigator of two National Cancer Institute-funded grants (the ACE Project and ExCEL in Social Work), and developed the nationally recognized Promoting Excellence in Pain Management and Palliative Care for Social Workers course. She received a Social Work Leadership Award from the Project on Death in America and is a Mayday Pain and Society Fellow. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Palliative Medicine and is a Distinguished Social Work Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice. Shirley and Terry Altilio, are co-editors of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work, (2011). Shirley received her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Hawaii and is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in palliative care at Lancaster University in Great Britain.

Brad Zebrack PhD, MSW, MPH is Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Social Work, and a member of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Socio-Behavioral Program.  His teaching and research interests are in the area of health, medicine and quality of life. He is particularly interested in the effects of cancer on the psychosocial growth and development of adolescents and young adults, and his research has been funded over the past 15 years by the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, Lymphoma Research Foundation, Lance Armstrong Foundation, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation of Michigan, and HopeLab, Inc. Dr. Zebrack has clinical social work experience in both pediatric and adult oncology, and has been involved in the development of peer support/advocacy programs for adolescent and young adult cancer survivors.

Dr. Zebrack is a medical advisory board member for First Descents, Imerman’s Angels, and the Children’s National Brain Tumor Foundation, all national organizations dedicated to providing support and information to adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. Dr. Zebrack currently chairs the Social Workers in Oncology Research Group for the Association of Oncology Social Workers (AOSW) and serves on the board of directors. He also has served on the boards of directors for the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS), the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), and the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation. Dr. Zebrack also was one of the first patient advocates to serve on the National Cancer Institute Director’s Consumer Liaison Group (DCLG).

Dr. Zebrack is a 27-year survivor of Hodgkin’s disease, diagnosed in 1985 at the age of 25.  In 1989, Dr. Zebrack and his wife Joanne completed a one-year 11,000 mile bicycle trip around the United States to promote cancer survivorship.  Brad and Joanne live in Ann Arbor, Michigan with their 10-year old daughter Sierra Grace, cat Cal, and guinea pig Poppy.

Barbara L. Jones, PhD, MSW is Associate Professor and Co-Director of The Institute for Grief, Loss and Family Survival at the UT Austin School of Social Work and Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at University of Texas Medical Branch. She has over 15 years clinical experience working primarily with children and adolescents facing cancer and their families. She is the Past President of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers (APOSW), a Steering Committee Member of the Pediatric Palliative Care Research Network of North America, and a Board Member of the Social Work Hospice/ Palliative Care Network. Dr. Jones is the recipient of a number of awards including APOSW Social Worker of the Year (2013) and the Dads Centennial Teaching Award (2014). Dr. Jones serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology and the Journal of Social Work in Palliative and End-of-Life Care and conducts research on pediatric palliative care, pediatric oncology social work interventions, Latino adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors, and health promotion needs of AYA cancer survivors.

Past Award Recipients
Donald L Rosenstein MD, 2013
Andrew Roth, 2012
Vanessa Malcarne, PhD, 2011
Matthew Loscalzo, MSW, 2010

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