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Pamela Handelsman, Psy.D.

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Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

About

Assistant Professor

Treatment Focus

As a Health Psychologist, my treatment focuses on coping with cancer across the entire cancer care continuum from initial diagnosis to end of life or survivorship. This includes both coping with the emotional and existential impact of coping with cancer, as well as providing behavioral interventions for cancer-related symptoms such as pain, cancer-related fatigue, and sleep. Treatments include Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy.

Treatment Philosophy

I practice evidence-based therapy, which integrates the best available research with patients’ individual preferences, cultural background, and strengths. I view therapy as a collaboration between equals-the patient who is an expert on themselves and myself who has expertise in therapy. Together we can identify a specific goal and work towards progress. Sometimes that means rediscovering old strengths and coping skills and learning how to apply them in new ways, and sometimes that means learning something totally new. Regardless of how it goes, I work transparently and in collaboration with the person in front of me to help them participate in activities that are important to them and cope with the challenges ahead.

Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, HIV and Liver Disease Track, VA Maryland Healthcare System, Baltimore, MD - 2017
  • Doctor of Psychology, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL - 2016
  • Clinical Psychology Intern, VA Medical Center, Washington, DC - 2016
  • Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL - 2014
  • Doctoral Coursework, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX - 2011
  • Bachelor of Arts, Boston University, Boston, MA - 2006

Certifications

  • Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy

Memberships

  • American Psychosocial Oncology Society
  • American Psychological Association- Division 38 (Health Psychology)

Honors & Awards

  • Gold Pin (customer service and patient satisfaction)

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