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Anxious Surveillance: Coping with Anxiety and Active Surveillance
January 29, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST
Dr. Lara Bellardita, Ph.D., Psy.D, M.S., for the past decade has been a pioneer in researching the psychological issues faced by men on active surveillance (AS).
Dr. Bellardita has been working in the field of oncology since 2009, collaborating with the National Cancer Institute in Milan, Italy, and with other private and non-profit organizations. She has been conducting research on psycho-social aspects in patients on AS for more than 10 years. Her areas of expertise include quality of life in cancer patients, coping with cancer, patients’ empowerment, and engagement in the decision-making process.
Her interest currently is focused on health promotion and healthy lifestyle. She designs and implements psycho-educational interventions and coaches patients and caregivers on behavior change and stress management.
Dr. Bellardita is also experienced in training and coaching healthcare professionals, with particular attention on soft skills in multidisciplinary cancer teams, decision-making and communication processes, and burnout prevention.
Dr. Bellardita is a Consultant in Health Psychology, with both a Clinical and Organizational perspective. She graduated in Psychology and then obtained a Master of Sciences in Applied Psychology at San Diego State University as a Fulbright fellow. She obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2008. She has been a licensed psychotherapist since 2009.
Dr. Bellardita is also a member of the European School of Oncology (ESO) core faculty and the International Academy of Communication in Healthcare (EACH). She serves on the Scientific Committee of the Italian Chapter of Europa UOMO.