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APOS Inducts Professor Terry Badger into Inaugural Class of Fellows

Professor Terry Badger, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, RN, FAAN, has been inducted into the inaugural class of American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) fellows. This first class of fellows has 10 members, with only two nurses.

This new honor reinforces the incredible and significant contributions Dr. Badger has made to psychosocial care for oncology patients. “It is amazing to be recognized by my peers and be included with such an elite group of professionals,” she says. Her research is focused on treating psychological distress of breast and prostate cancer survivors and members of their social network using telephone psychosocial interventions.

Founded in 1986, APOS was designed as an interprofessional organization to address the need for education and networking among the small numbers of professionals working in psychosocial aspects of cancer. Additionally, the group has been instrumental in making distress screening for all cancer patients an indicator of quality cancer care nationally, one of the areas Dr. Badger is very passionate about. “Every cancer patient and their family members should have access to psychosocial and supportive care,” she says.

Dr. Badger has been a member of APOS for the past nine years, serving on the planning committee and the board of directors. She is currently the past-president after serving as president of APOS in 2010. She is also a current member of The University of Arizona Cancer Center, focusing on cancer prevention and control.