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Research Seminar: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Distressed Cancer Population

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Presentation by Joanna Arch, PhD, on "Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Distressed Cancer Population."

Talk Abstract: 
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) represents an acceptance-based intervention model that can be flexibly adapted to address a range of mental health, health behavior change, and palliative care needs within cancer populations. This talk will begin with a brief overview of the ACT model and its applications to meet supportive care needs in diverse cancer populations. In the second half, findings from recent and ongoing randomized trials that apply ACT to address a range of mental health, behavior change, and palliative care needs among both early-stage and late-stage cancer survivors will be presented. We will end by discussing successes and challenges of applying ACT to cancer populations and of conducting ACT-based interventions in online and community settings. 

Joanna Arch, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder, Member in Cancer Prevention and Control at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, and a licensed clinical psychologist.  Her research focuses on developing and evaluating interventions designed to address anxiety disorders and to improve well-being among adults with cancer, with a focus on mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions. Her work to date has resulted in over 75 publications to date and external funding in both mental health and supportive cancer care from the National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Nursing Research, the American Cancer Society, and the Templeton Foundation.

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