Psychology

The Department of Psychology at Roswell Park is one of the earliest free-standing Psychology departments within a cancer center, and has provided psychological services to patients and families since 1979. 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

Jennifer Hydeman, PhD
Psychologist
Department of Psychology

Dr. Hydeman serves as the primary psychologist on a multidisciplinary team that supports several solid tumor oncology services, conducting initial evaluations and providing individual and family interventions as needed. Dr. Hydeman’s research focuses primarily on the psychological well-being of patients diagnosed with breast cancer. Her current work is focused on an online mindfulness intervention to improve physical and psychological symptoms in patients diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.

Dr. Hydeman received her B.S. in Psychology at Arizona State University, an M.A. in Applied Health Psychology from Northern Arizona University, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (Counseling Psychology and Health Psychology divisions), the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society.


Megan Pailler, PhD
Assistant Professor of Oncology
Department of Psychosocial Oncology

Dr. Pailler provides clinical assessment and intervention services to oncology patients on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Her area of focus has been the hematological services, including leukemia, lymphoma, and bone marrow transplant, providing interventions for patients throughout the spectrum of transplant as an integrated member of the treatment team. Her research interests have focused on developing novel, empirically-based interventions for young adult cancer patients.

Dr. Pailler received her B.A. in Psychology and English from Oberlin College, her M.A. in Applied Child Development from Tuft’s University, her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Binghamton University, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Binghamton University. She completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is a member of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society.