Prof Phyllis Butow, BA (Hons), MPH, MClinPsych, PhD

Professor and NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Sydney, Australia

Prof Phyllis Butow, BA (Hons), MPH, MClinPsych, PhD

Professor and NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Sydney, Australia

Biography

Prof Phyllis Butow founded the Australian Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG) and is co-director of the Centre for Medical Psychology and Evidence-based Decision-making (CeMPED). She has worked for over 20 years in the areas of doctor-patient communication and Psycho-Oncology.

She has won many awards, including the International Psycho-Oncology Society Bernard Fox award for outstanding contribution to Psycho-Oncology research in 2009 and the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia Tom Reeve award for outstanding contribution to cancer care in 2011, and was named NSW Cancer Researcher of the year in 2012.

Prof Butow has conducted a large body of research on patient and family support, patient involvement in cancer consultations and decision-making, psychosocial issues in cancer genetics, and disparities in outcomes and needs of immigrants with cancer.