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Research Committee

The Research Committee provides opportunities for networking as well as information and advice on conducting psychosocial oncology research.

Research Committee members are academic researchers as well as clinicians involved or interested in clinical research. A primary goal of the Research Committee is to assure that social work research in oncology serves the interest of patients and families dealing with cancer and remains relevant to the field.

Research Committee meetings serve as venues for research to inform practice as well as for practitioners to inform and direct research. Members of the Research Committee also authored "A Social Work Guide to Conducting Research in Psychosocial Oncology" a step-by-step guide for AOSW members involved in and/or motivated to conduct research in their practice settings.

For the 2013 Member Survey Report on Distress Screening click here.

The Research Committee welcomes any AOSW members looking to develop their research skills or initiate their own projects. For more information, contact Julianne Oktay, MSW, PhD at

Best Practices

View the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS), Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW), and Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Joint Position Statement on Implementing Screening for Distress