Early Career Professionals

This year the early career psycho-oncology committee will organize some exciting events again at the conference in Berlin. These events will be open to all early carreer professionals participating in the IPOS2017 congress.

Mentoring Luncheon

This is a lunch session providing an opportunity for early career professionals to meet and exchange ideas with some of the most renowned researchers and clinicians in the field. Ten mentors from leading international research centres will facilitate a small and informal group discussion with early career professionals. All early career professionals are invited to participate with ideas and topics for discussion provided as a guide.

This event will take place on Thursday August 17, 12:30 to 1:30pm.

If you are interested to participate, please fill out the application form below and send it to Kirsten Douma (k.f.douma@amc.uva.nl). The application deadline is July 31st.

This year’s mentors are:

Richard Fielding, Hongkong

Focus of research/clinical work:

My focus is on optimizing the patient-clinician interface. In particular, I am interested in wider cultural and sub-cultural issues, communication and service organization and how these influence the patient experience.

I can consult junior colleagues on:

  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods, programme development, “bench-to-bedside” translation of research findings into clinical practice; the politics of research collaboration and service culture change.
  • Setting up research collaborations with (particularly surgical and oncological) colleagues.
  • Gaining a truer picture of the patient experience and how we can avoid making it worse.
  • Clarifying different sources of distress reported during cancer and implications for interventions.
  • Symptom management in cancer.

Judith Prins, Netherlands

Focus of research/clinical work:

The focus of my research and clinical work is psychological interventions for cancer survivors, ranging from unguided online self-management to blended care and face-to-face psychotherapy

I can consult junior colleagues on:

  • Design and development of randomized controlled trials for psychological interventions.
  • Content of treatment manuals.
  • Blended therapy, combining e-health and face-to-face therapy.

Afaf Girgis, Australia

Focus of research/clinical work:

  • Measurement of health-related behaviours, especially in relation to well-being and supportive care of cancer patients and caregivers.
  • Modification of the psychosocial outcomes of people affected by cancer, including survivors and their families and caregivers.
  • Evaluation of the quality of medical care, including efficient systems to support adoption of evidence based practice.
  • Promoting needs-based care, informed by patient-reported outcomes.
  • Translation of research into policy and practice.


I can consult junior colleagues on:

Career development, connecting with collaborators, getting more efficient with paper writing, grant applications – playing the game, finding suitable mentors locally.

Nick Hulbert-Williams, UK

Focus of research/clinical work:

I am interested in the integration of cutting-edge psychological theory to the field of behavioural medicine. Much of my work focuses on cancer survivorship and lifestyle / health behaviour change. As a coaching psychologist, I’m interested in the contribution of coaching and positive psychology interventions, especially those which use third-wave and contextual behavioural science frameworks (e.g. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy/Training).

I can consult junior colleagues on:

Any research that fits within my broad area of expertise and knowledge, but also to provide mentorship on establishing a successful career in psycho-oncology.

Lea Baider, Israel

Focus of research/clinical work:

  • Psychological interventions for families and couples in conflict.
  • Psychological intervention for elderly cancer patients and caregivers.
  • Time-limited group dynamics in survivorship (women with breast cancer).
  • Training in communication for nurses.
  • Techniques in palliative care.


I can consult junior colleagues on:

  • Psycho-oncology training curricula.
  • Intervention techniques: death – dying – separation.
  • Geriatric issues and caregivers.

Paul Jacobsen, USA

Focus of research/clinical work:

Delivery of supportive and palliative cancer care.

I can consult junior colleagues on:

  • Psychosocial screening
  • Delivery of psychosocial care
  • Symptom management (pain, depression, fatigue)

Wendy Lam, Hongkong

Focus of research/clinical work:

  • Optimization of psychological adjustment in cancer, focusing on the role of cognitive-emotional factors and health professional-patient communication.
  • Interventions to assist patient decision-making.
  • Cross-cultural comparisons of supportive care needs.

I can consult junior colleagues on:

The above-mentioned aspects and research methodology.

Sylvie Lambert, Canada

Focus of research:

  • Longitudinal assessment of the impact of cancer on patients and their family caregivers.
  • Predictors of emotional and physical well-being in patients with cancer and their family caregivers.
  • Intervention studies to improve outcomes in patients with cancer and their family caregivers, with a focus on self-administered interventions.
  • Psychometric analysis using Rasch analysis.
  • Mixed research methodology (quantitative and qualitative).

I can consult junior colleagues on:

  • Career planning.
  • Submitting fellowships.
  • Submitting grants.
  • Applying to/seeking academic position.
  • Tenure track.
  • Team management.
  • Study planning.

Jane Turner, Australia

Focus of research/clinical work:

  • Impact of advanced cancer, particularly on families with dependent children.
  • Care of patients facing the end of life.
  • Survivorship interventions.
  • Enhancing capacity in mental health services including expanding psychosocial skills in front-line health professionals.
  • Development of clinical practice guidelines.


I can consult junior colleagues on:

  • Development of career goals.
  • Interprofessional communication.
  • Design of clinical interventions.
  • Work-life balance.
  • Writing skills.

Concept Development Workshop

Do you have great ideas, but not worked out a research plan yet? Do you have a research plan but it needs some fine-tuning? Are you interested in networking and collaborating with other early career researchers in your research? Do you want expert advice? Then this is your chance!

The IPOS Early Career Psycho-Oncology Professionals (ECPP) committee and the Research committee are together organising a pre-conference Concept Development workshop on the 15th of August right before the 2017 World Congress in Berlin. The goal of the Concept Development workshop is to foster Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in the development of studies of clinical relevance and importance in psycho-oncology through a mentoring and facilitated collaboration process.  The aim is to provide a supportive environment for intensive development on study design and methods, and to then get some advice and input from experts in the field through a “Dragon’s Den” at the end of the workshop.

Any ECR who has finished (or will soon finish) their PhD (or equivalent) is eligible for the workshop. Whilst it would be great if you’ve already got some research concepts or ideas to bring along, this isn’t necessary to apply. All we ask that anyone applying to be part of the workshop comes prepared to actively participate in the day. We hope that this workshop will be a great networking opportunity for you to develop collaborative research partnerships with other early career researchers. The workshop will also provide a unique opportunity to tap into the expertise of senior psycho-oncology researchers.

Please pay attention that it is necessary for you to register for the conference in Berlin to be able to participate. However, the concept development workshop itself will be free of charge.

If you are interested to participate, please complete the application form available under the link below and send it to Michelle Peate (michelle.peate@unimelb.edu.au).

The application deadline is July 31st.

Oral Poster Session

This session provides an opportunity for early career professionals (within ten years of highest degree) to present their poster to other early career researchers and get feedback from renowned senior researchers in the field. Participants will be selected from all early career professionals whose abstracts have been awarded as a poster presentation at the IPOS conference and who have indicated their interest in participating in this event through a tick box when submitting their abstract. Participants will give a five-minute oral presentation. A certificate will be handed out for the best presentations.

There will be one session for (PhD-)students/early researchers (Thursday August 17, 1:30pm – 2:30pm) and one for early career postdocs (Friday August 18, 1pm - 2pm).

Presenters have already received an e-mail with an invitation to present during these sessions. However, everyone is welcome to watch the early career presenters presenting their posters.


Social Event and Annual SIG Meeting

This event will take place on Wednesday August 16th, 2017, 12.30pm - 2.00pm.

This event is open for all ECPPs to meet fellow early career colleagues in an informal setting, discuss achievements and plan future goals for the ECPP committee. Everyone interested is welcome to join. It’s an informal meeting where you can share your thoughts about what the ECPP SIG can mean for you. Furthermore, we would like to use this meeting to inform you about all early career events going on at the conference and to get to know the committee.


Please contact s.vehling@uke.de if you have any questions concerning ECPP events at the conference.

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