Psychology

Our services include diagnostic assessment, psychotherapy, and psychological evaluation for patients in active treatment, survivors, and family members for cancer-related distress. In addition to providing clinical services, our psychologists also conduct research on better understanding the psychological impact of a cancer diagnosis and on developing more effective interventions with cancer patients. Our mission also includes education, both in providing community-based lectures and outreach and in maintaining an academic training program in psycho-oncology for psychology graduate students.

How could a psychologist help me?

Psychologists help to address/treat the psychological, social, and behavioral factors that are often associated with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. There are numerous psychological concerns that patients in active treatment, cancer survivors, as well as their caregivers may experience. These may include:

  • Adjustment to a new cancer diagnosis/recurrence
  • Symptoms of anxiety or depression related to cancer
  • Managing side effects of treatment (i.e., insomnia, cancer-related fatigue, sexual dysfunction)
  • Managing chronic pain
  • Body image concerns
  • Grief and loss
  • Relational stress
  • Memory impairment/cognitive changes (i.e., chemobrain)

How do I see a psychologist?

If you would like to meet with a psychologist you can request a referral from a member of your treatment team. Patients may also be encouraged by their medical provider to meet with a psychologist if they feel that it may benefit them.

What can I expect at my first visit?

For patients who are scheduled for outpatient therapy the first appointment is typically 45-60 minutes. Length of treatment and frequency of visits differ depending on each patient’s presenting concerns. Individual treatment plans will be discussed at the first visit.

Contact information

The Psychology clinic is located in the Survivorship & Supportive Care Center on the 3rd floor of the Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center. For questions please call 716-845-1479.

Team Members

Assistant Professor of Oncology
Department of Psychosocial Oncology
Kathleen Shanahan, PhD, MA
Medical Psychologist
Department of Psychology