Mitch Golant, Ph.D. is a health psychologist and Senior VP Research & Training for the Cancer Support Community (CSC). He along with Dr. Harold Benjamin, TWC’s founder, traveled throughout the world introducing CSC’s Patient Active Concept to international thought-leaders and psychosocial oncologists. He has been with CSC for nearly 26 years where he supervised and trained CSC’s professional clinical staff. He has facilitated over 4,500 support groups for people with cancer and trained over 350 professionals nationally and internationally in CSC's Patient Active Support Group model. Dr. Golant is widely recognized as a pioneer in the use of information technology in cancer education and support through the delivery of online support groups. He was central to the launch of the award-winning One Cancer Support Community in both English and Spanish and Group Loop: Teens. Talk. Cancer. Online. He has presented globally on CSC’s Patient Active programs and evidence-based research. He is the contributing editor to the Essentials of Psychosocial Oncology Handbook 2006) and contributing editor to the Quick Reference for Pediatric Oncology Clinicians (2009). In the fall 2005 he, along with two colleagues from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Calvary Hospital/Hospice, were selected to train forty psychologists and psychiatrists from Poland’s National Psychosocial Oncology Society. He served for 4 years on the Board of Directors for the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. He is also the co-author of seven books including The Total Cancer Wellness Guide: Reclaiming Your Life After Diagnosis (BenBella 2007) and What To Do When Someone You Love is Depressed (Holt—updated and expanded 2007).
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Joanne Buzaglo, Ph.D. joined the Cancer Support Community in August 2008 as Senior Director of Research of the Cancer Survivorship Research and Training Institute. Dr. Buzaglo is a behavioral health researcher and clinical psychologist with extensive experience in the development and evaluation of theoretically guided interventions designed to help patients cope with the complex challenges associated with cancer. Before arriving at CSC, she was the Deputy Director of the Fox Chase Cancer Center’s NCI-funded Behavioral Research Core Facility, whose mission is to provide consultation and training in behavioral principles relating to research design, program evaluation, qualitative and quantitative analysis, intervention development and tailored communications, and the dissemination and delivery of evidence-based research into clinical best practices. She has been a Co-Investigator on a number of NCI- and DoD-funded cancer-related studies that focus on decision-making, tailored health communications, and survivorship with a special focus on enhancing doctor-patient communication, clinical trial participation, patient adherence to medical recommendations among underserved women at risk for cervical cancer, and adaptation to re-entry among women following treatment for breast cancer. Further, Dr. Buzaglo is a licensed clinical psychologist in Pennsylvania and has clinical experience in providing care to individuals coping with cancer and other chronic illnesses. She received her doctorate at Temple University and completed a post-graduate fellowship in Health Services, Research, & Development at the VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. In addition, she trained at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania, and at Friends Hospital of Philadelphia
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Christopher Gayer, Ph.D. joined Cancer Support Community in February 2012 as Research Manager of the Research and Training Institute. Chris has extensive research experience in cancer survivorship and treatment decision making. He is especially interested in understanding the role of patient-physician communication in the context of cancer treatment decisions. Chris received his doctorate in Gerontology from the University of Kentucky, and his Bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University.
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Melissa Miller, Ph.D., MPH has a doctoral degree in International Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a Masters of Public Health degree in Quantitative Methods from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Miller has extensive experience with research, data management and data analysis in the areas of epidemiology, nutrition and cancer survivorship. Dr. Miller completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute and is currently working as a research consultant to the Cancer Support Community.
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Anne Morris, MPH joined Cancer Support Community in August 2012 as a Research Coordinator after spending the summer as a graduate research intern at the Research and Training Institute. Anne has a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Temple University and a Bachelor of Science in Animal Biotechnology and Conservation from Delaware Valley College. Before beginning her career in public health, Anne gained several years of experience in preclinical research at the University of Pennsylvania in the Gene Therapy Program and University Laboratory Animal Resources.
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