Education & Training

Graduate Studies

Psychosocial Oncology Option (PSOO) - For PhD Students

The Department of Oncology, in conjunction with the School of Nursing, the Department of Psychology and the School of Social Work, has developed the cross-disciplinary Psychosocial Oncology Option (PSOO). This Option is open to doctoral students in the School of Nursing and in the Department of Psychology, who are interested in broadening their knowledge of psychosocial issues in oncology.

All students registered for the PSOO must also fulfill the requirements of the departmental program in which they are registered.

PSOO Course Requirements (9 credits)

Core Courses (6 credits)

NUR2 783 Psychosocial Oncology Research 3 credits
NUR2 705  Palliative Care in Cancer 3 credits


Complementary Courses (3 credits)
Choose one of the following:

PSYC 505 The Psychology of Pain 3 credits
PSYC 507 Emotions, Stress and Illness 3 credits
PSYC 753 Health Psychology Seminar 3 credits
SWRK 609 Health and Social Work 3 credits
SWRK 668 Life Threatening Illness & Bereavement 3 credits

In addition, the PhD thesis topic must be germane to psychosocial oncology and approved by the PSOO coordinating committee.

Students who successfully complete all of the requirements for the PSOO, will have this subspecialty training—Psychosocial Oncology Option—indicated on their transcript.

How to Apply

Application forms: English [.pdf] French [.pdf]

All PSOO candidates must complete and submit the Application Form according to the instructions on the form.

New students who are applying for the PhD program in the School of Nursing or the Department of Psychology and would like to register for PSOO, must click on “Psychosocial Oncology” in the “Concentration or Area of Specialization Field” on Minerva.

Contact Information

Director: Dr. Carmen Loiselle, Oncology, Nursing & Psychology
(514) 398-4163
Dr. Robin Cohen, Oncology & Nursing
(514) 340-8222 X 5676
Dr. Blaine Ditto, Psychology
(514) 398-6097
Dr. Bärbel Knäuper, Psychology
(514) 398-8186
Dr. Zeev Rosberger, Oncology & Psychology
(514) 340-8210, x4215

Useful Links

CIHR Strategic Training Program in Palliative Care Research

CIHR/NCIC Strategic Training Program in Psychosocial Oncology