Public Interest’s webinars address cancer patients, health disparities and Alzheimer guidelines

The Socioeconomic Status Related Cancer Disparities (SESRCD) Program sponsored a webinar (PDF, 175KB) on Psychosocial Health Disparities Among Cancer Patients:  Understanding the Influence of Race, Ethnicity, and SES on Mental Health Service Utilization. 

Kathy Canul, PhD moderated the webinar to 130 attendees. Psychosocial health disparities among cancer patients is an emerging and increasingly important issue that is of concern to health practitioners, patients, and psychologists who work with ethnic and minority communities. 

The webinar addressed the following:  

  • importance of integrating psychosocial healthcare into the treatment of ethnically and socioeconomically diverse cancer patients 

  • the psychological consequences of having cancer and the  challenges involved with maximizing the highest quality of life 

  • strategies for improving and integrating psychosocial care into the overall cancer care framework

On October 3, APA’s Public Interest, Office on Aging and Science Directorates, in conjunction with the National Institute on Aging (NIA), sponsored a free webinar, “New Alzheimer’s Guidelines: How Will Research and Practice Be Affected?“  Over 300 attendees received information about the recently published Alzheimer’s Guidelines.

Glenn Smith, PhD (Mayo Clinic) moderated the webinar. Additional presenters were psychologist members of each of the three NIA/AD guideline working groups: Drs. Marilyn Albert (Johns Hopkins University), Yaakov Stern (Columbia University), Sandra Weintraub (Northwestern University), and Drs. Molly Wagster and Creighton Phelps of NIA.

The webinar addressed the following: 

The webinar was intended to enhance psychologists’ understanding about how the guidelines may affect research and practice. Psychologists have raised questions about the guidelines, including whether the guidelines will require that biomarker data be collected from all participants in research studies on cognitive aging.