RESPONSIBILITIES: The Fellow would be involved in all aspects of this community-based Cancer Wellness Program including:
(1) A doctoral degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in psychology; and (2) interest and experience in working with an underserved and diverse medical population.
JOB SETTING: The Albert Einstein College of Medicine of the Montefiore Medical System hosts a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center that has contributed significantly to research advances in the effective detection, prevention, and treatment of cancer. The Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care (MECCC) is the primary cancer care provider to the nearly 1.5 million residents of Bronx, NY, yielding from primarily Hispanic and African American heritage with 28% living below the poverty line. The MECCC provides comprehensive cancer care and research through state-of- the-art programs in prevention, radiology, surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, psychosocial/integrative oncology, palliative care, and survivorship care.
PROGRAM OVERVIEW: The fellow would train under Dr. Alyson Moadel, licensed health psychologist and founding director of The Bronx Oncology Living Daily (BOLD) Program and work within a compassionate and hardworking team to help coordinate, develop, and evaluate culturally-responsive cancer wellness services tailored to the diverse and underserved community of the Bronx. As a psychosocial and integrative oncology initiative within the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care, BOLD provides counseling, wellness workshops and peer support at no charge to underserved adult cancer patients and their families in English and Spanish, regardless of where they receive medical care. Peer navigation and support by cancer survivor volunteers (BOLD Buddies) and volunteer youth affected by parental cancer (BOLD Brother/Sister Peer Mentors) is central to the program’s mission of addressing disparities in QoL and cancer outcomes through promotion of early detection, treatment adherence, and mental health care. Mental health counseling interns, pre-med student interns and paid consultants round out the team to assist with day-to-day patient outreach, QoL surveys, program implementation, data tracking, evaluation, and cultural compliance. Since March 2020, the BOLD Program has successfully transitioned its cancer wellness services to online, virtual programming to ensure safety of the vulnerable cancer community. Research is ongoing to examine impact of BOLD peer support on psychosocial and physical health outcomes of Bronx families affected by cancer amid the coronavirus pandemic. BOLD is supported by internal funds and grants from foundations, philanthropy, and other external sources.