Center for Oncology Psychology Excellence
Supporting Cancer Patients and their Families
One in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, which can cause serious psychological distress in patients, their caregivers and families. The Center for Oncology Psychology Excellence (COPE) is a first-of-its-kind training program and partnership with community cancer centers that aims to positively impact the mental health of cancer patients.
We work as a hub for research and program evaluation on the psychological, social and emotional impacts of cancer. Our approach is based around providing graduate-level coursework and field placements in cancer centers throughout the state in order to build community partnerships that increase access to psychological and social services for cancer patients.
Cancer can cause tremendous distress for individuals and their families, friends and caregivers. That distress often goes unaddressed, as treatment emphasizes the physical elements of the disease. Unfortunately, many cancer centers are struggling to meet the mental health needs of cancer patients and those closest to them.
We're working to change that. Our psychologists use assessment, research, consultation, supervision and training that allows them to help with cancer-related symptoms like insomnia, nausea, anxiety about treatment, fear of recurrence and depression.
We're also able to work with caregivers and families to alleviate some of the stresses and difficulties that come along with caring for someone with cancer, empowering them to provide better care while supporting their own mental health.