Philip Fizur is a graduate student in clinical psychology under the mentorship of Dr. Natalia Zelikovsky at La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA. Throughout graduate school, he has had two distinct but related areas of clinical and research interest. The first focuses on improving medical outcomes in chronically ill patients by minimizing the impact of psychopathology and promoting adaptive health related behaviors. The second relates to understanding the role of neuropsychology in assessing the functioning of chronically ill patients over the course of their lifetime as well as their ability to engage in their treatment. These are tied together by an interest in applying knowledge gathered during ten years as an IT professional to promote the use of new technologies in improving clinical outcomes and research efforts in both of these areas. The title of his dissertation is “An Internet-Based Intervention to Improve Adherence and Psychosocial Outcomes in Cancer Patients.” He has also researched and published on the topics of quality of life in trauma patients, issues related to implementation and dissemination of evidence based practices, and the use of mobile technology to improve outcomes in adolescent and young adult cancer patients.
During his doctoral training he has pursued these interests at several Philadelphia-area organizations including two years at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ. He is currently at Penn State Hershey Medical Center completing his pre-doctoral internship under the mentorship of doctors Antolin Llorente, Mark Rapp, Paul Eslinger, and Andrea Rigby. When not engaged in these pursuits he can be found at home with his wife and their two children. In his spare time Philip enjoys cooking and remaining active in the Philadelphia music community.