Curriculum Vitae

  • Education
    • September 2010 – PresentLa Salle University, APA-Accredited Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
      Philadelphia, PA

      • M.A., Clinical Psychology, September 2012
      • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Concentration inClinical Health Psychology, May 2016 (anticipated)
        • Dissertation: An Internet-Based Intervention to Improve Adherence and Psychosocial Outcomes in Cancer Patients
        • Advisor: Nataliya Zelikovsky, Ph.D. (Chair)
    • March 2004 – May 2010Temple University
      Philadelphia, PA

      • B.A., Psychology, May 2009
        • Senior Thesis: Parkinson’s Disease and Depression: An Review of the Literature and Arguments for an Integrated Psychotherapeutic Treatment Approach
  • Clinical Practica Experience
    • Behavioral Medicine Extern
      July 2014 – PresentCooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ

      • Consultation-Liaison Service, Department of Medicine, Division of Behavioral Medicine
      • Supervisor: Kelly Gilrain, Ph.D.
      • Training Experience
        • Work with a multidisciplinary team including physicians, nurses, social workers, psychiatrists, dietitians, and professionals in complementary medicine to provide complete patient care
        • Consultation service available for both doctors and patients in need at critical moments, such as initial diagnosis or pre-treatment
        • Individual psychotherapy for those diagnosed with any medical condition resulting in hospitalization
        • Leading psychotherapy groups including Trauma as well as Coping/Mindfulness Groups
        • Member of research team investigating the role of psychosocial interventions in addressing trauma in medical patients
    • Clinical Extern
      June 2014 – PresentWeight and Eating Clinic

      • La Salle University Community Center for Psychological Services, Philadelphia, PA
      • Supervisor: Edie Goldbacher, Ph.D.
      • Training Experience
        • Individual cognitive and behavioral therapy with clients experiencing difficulty in losing weight and associated health and psychosocial stressors
        • Community outreach to promote healthy eating and physical activity
    • Behavioral Medicine Extern
      July 2013 – PresentM.D. Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ
      • Psycho-Oncology Service, Department of Hemotology and Oncology, Division of Behavioral Medicine
      • Supervisor: Cori McMahon, Psy.D.
      • Training Experience
        • Work with a multidisciplinary team in both inpatient and outpatient settings including medical oncologists, oncology nurses, social workers, psychiatrists, dietitians, and professionals in complementary medicine
        • Individual psychotherapy for those diagnosed with any form of cancer.
        • Leading psychotherapy groups including: Women’s Cancer Survivor Group, Women’s Intimacy & Sexuality Group, Anxiety/Fear of Recurrence Group, Coping/Mindfulness Group
        • Group therapy for smoking cessation for non-medical patients, and conducting telephone-based counseling sessions
        • Consultation service available for both doctors and patients in need at critical moments, such as initial diagnosis or first chemotherapy treatment
        • Conducted community based lectures for patients and families across the lifespan
    • Clinical Extern
      June 2013 – May 2014Mood Disorders Clinic

      • La Salle University Community Center for Psychological Services, Philadelphia, PA
      • Supervisor: Randy Fingerhut, Ph.D.
      • Training Experience
        • Individual Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with clients experiencing a wide variety of psychosocial stressors resulting in depression and comorbid disorders.
        • Training in Interpersonal Therapy for postpartum depression
    • Clinical Extern, Psychometrician
      July 2012 – June 2013Clinical Neuropsychological Associates, Philadelphia, PA
      • Supervisor: Luke Amann. Psy.D.
      • Training Experience
        • Administration and scoring of neuropsychological assessment instruments
        • Measure interpretation and report writing
        • Community outreach to educate and screen for concussion in Philadelphia student athletes
    • Clinical Extern
      June 2012 – May 2013Behavioral Medicine and Health Disorders Clinic

      • La Salle University Community Center for Psychological Services, Philadelphia, PA
      • Supervisor: Nataliya Zelikovsky, Ph.D.
      • Training Experience
        • Individual psychotherapy (CBT, Problem-Solving Therapy, other manualized treatments) with clients experiencing distress due to a medical condition or difficulties in adhering to treatment for one or more medical conditions.
        • Community outreach to promote education on the psychological components of managing health conditions
    • Clinical Extern
      June 2011 – May 2012Northwestern Human Services, Philadelphia, PA
      • Supervisor: James Jackson, Psy.D.
      • Training Experience
        • Work with a multidisciplinary team including psychiatrists, social workers, and other state and county entities
        • Assessment and intervention with diverse community mental health clients employing a wide variety of intervention techniques
        • Group therapy for community youth
    • Clinical Extern
      June 2011 – May 2012Problem-Solving Clinic

      • La Salle University Community Center for Psychological Services, Philadelphia, PA
      • Supervisor: Kelly McClure, Ph.D.
      • Training Experience
        • Intake clinician responsible for assessment and initial treatment recommendations and case conceptualization
        • Training in Problem-Solving Therapy for depression and co-morbid medical conditions
    • Clinic Assistant
      September 2010 – May 2011La Salle University Community Center for Psychological Services, Philadelphia, PA
      • Supervisor: Kathleen Murphy-Eberenz, Ph.D.
      • Training Experience
        • Conduct phone screenings for potential new clients
        • Assign new clients to appropriate clinic teams
        • Build and organize client charts
        • Perform other administrative duties as needed
  • Research Experience
    • August 2013 – PresentPrinciple Investigator
      Clinical Dissertation
      La Salle University, Philadelphia PA
      Clinical Dissertation Chair: Nataliya Zelikovsky, Ph.D.

      • Doctoral dissertation project designed to examine mood and adherence in cancer patients.
      • Study Title: An Internet-Based Intervention to Improve Adherence and Psychosocial Outcomes in Cancer Patients
      • Overview: A pilot study of a self-developed Internet-based intervention with the goals of assessing its usability and acceptability as well as effectiveness in addressing mood symptoms and adherence in cancer patients. Four modules comprise this intervention and provide educational material, brief psychosocial interventions, and both planning and communication tools such as medication and appointment reminders as well as message boards.
      • Proposal Date: April 15, 2014
      • Data Collection Begun: November 1, 2014 (anticipated)
      • Expected Defense Date: April, 2016
    • July 2014 – PresentResearch Assistant
      Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ

      • Principal Investigator: Kelly Gilrain, Ph.D.
      • Study Title: The impact of a behavioral medicine intervention on the quality of life andfunctional outcome of trauma patients admitted to a surgical ICU.
      • Responsible for conducting assessment and intervention with patients admitted to the hosptial following trauma as well as phone follow-up at three and six month intervals.
    • August 2013 – January 2014Statistics Consultant
      La Salle University, Phildadelphia, PA

      • Principal Investigator: Evelyn R. Klein, Ph.D.
      • Study Title: Evidence Supporting Social Communication Anxiety Treatment (S-CAT) for Selective Mutism: A Study With Replication.
      • Responsible for data transformation, analysis, and creation of charts and figures for publication.
    • July 2011 – PresentResearch Assistant and Junior Collegue
      University of Washington, Seattle, WA

      • Principal Investigator: Kate Comtois, PhD, MPH
      • Project Name: Society for Implementation Research Collaboration
      • NIH-funded multi-site project investigating issues related to implementation and dissemination of evidence based practices across multiple studies and activities.
      • Assisting in development of the Measures Project, a comprehensive Review of Dissemination and Implementation Science Instruments.
      • Contribution to data collection and analytics for peer reviewed papers stemming from this project.
    • January 2011– January 2012Research Assistant
      Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ

      • Principal Investigator: Cori McMahon, Psy.D.
      • Study Title: Developing a skin toxicity-related quality of life scale for breastradiotherapy
      • Responsible for conducting assessment and intervention with patients admitted to the hosptial following trauma as well as phone follow-up at three and six month intervals.
    • Septmber 2010– PresentCo-Investigator
      Health Psychology Research Lab, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA

      • Principal Investigator: Nataliya Zelikovsky, Ph.D.
      • Design and implement studies aimed at furthering the field of health psychology
      • Assist with data collection and analysis
      • Aid in designing, editing, and publishing posters, articles, and recruitment materials for peer review and presentation.
    • January 2008– May 2010Research Assistant

      Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

      • Principal Investigator: Philip Kendall, Ph.D.
      • Rate sessions to evaluate collaboration and youth involvement in exposure tasks as well as the presence of certain session components (e.g., processing of exposures) for outcome predictability purposes
      • Observe and rate therapist behavior to determine effectiveness of training for community clinicians in evidence-based practice
      • Provide technical assistance where needed for software, web applications, and development of material related to various projects
      • Act as confederate in research and exposure therapy sessions
  • Editorial Experience
    • American Journal of Transplantation (April, 2012), Co-reviewer
  • Peer Reviewed Professional Conference Presentations and Publication
    • Beidas, R., Edmunds, J., Fizur, P., and Kendall, P.C. (November, 2010). Training in an Empirically Supported Treatment: Therapist Interest, Recruitment, and Preliminary Demographics. Poster accepted to the 43rd annual conference of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, New York.
    • The Society for Implementation Research Collaboration: Pursuing a Rigorous and Innovative Future for Implementation Science.” Implementation Science. (Submitted for Initial Review)
    • Tiwari, Shilpee, Philip C. Kendall, Alexandra L. Hoff, Julie P. Harrison, and Philip J. Fizur. “Characteristics of Exposure Sessions as Predictors of Treatment Response in Anxious Youth.” Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (2012): Accepted for Publication
    • Tiwari, S., Harrison, J. P., Fizur, P.,  Mychailyszyn, M.P., & Kendall, P.C. (November,
      2010). Characteristics of Exposure Sessions as Predictors of Differential Treatment Response in a Sample of Anxious Youth. Poster session presented at the meeting of the Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, San Francisco
  • Invited Lectures and Presentations
    • Fizur, P. (2014, October). Understandign Statistics in Oncology Research. Signature Classes Series. Lecture conducted at Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ.
    • Fizur, P. (2014, April). Positive Parenting Strategies. Lecture and Latte Series. Lecture conducted at Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ.
    • Fizur, P. (2014, April). Coping With What Life Throws Your Way: Distress Tolerance for Individuals with Cancer. Signature Classes Series. Lecture conducted at Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ.
  • Work Experience
    • La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA
      • Position: Graduate Studies Web Developer, January 2012 – August 2014
      • Supervisor: Margaret McManus, Ph.D.
      • Experience
        • Promote graduate community through publication of relevant content on the web, through E-mail, and through social media
        • Promote interdisciplinary research activity by publicizing opportunities and funding
    • Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
      • Position: Assistant Director of Information Technology, March 2004 – August 2010
      • Supervisor: Marc Getty
      • Experience
        • Plan and implement technology infrastructure for the College of Liberal Arts, including HIPAA compliant data servers and applications.
        • Build and maintain databases as well as applications and websites for data access.
        • Maintenance and development of systems, including the Temple University Nonrecognition Laboratory server.
  • Workshops and Training Experience
    • Drexel University
      • ACT Founders BootCamp with Drs. Steven Hayes and Kelly Wilson
        • Comprehensive overview of ACT, emphasis on ACT in the social context. Didactics on ACT theory and techniqueincluding conceptualization, treatment, and a review of the current state of ACT research.
    • University of Wisconsin
      • Behavioral Activation Online Training
        • Small, on-line group of professionals run weekly for four weeks with a BA trainer focused on how to conduct the fundamentals of BA for working with depressed clients. Training targets include improving BA skills, knowledge, and implementation of core BA strategies.
    • American Psychological Association: HIV Office for Psychology Education (HOPE) Program
      • HIV Mental Health Service Delivery Training
        • Training in HIV Virology, Clinical Course, Medical Treatment, Epidemiology, and HIV Testing
        • Integrating Primary and Behavioral Health into HIV/AIDS Care
        • Mental Health Assessment Issues and Strategies the HIV-infected indivudals
        • Mental Health Intervention Strategies for the HIV/AIDS Population
        • Prevention Issues HIV/AIDS for Mental Health Providers
        • HIV/AIDS and Families
        • Work in the Lives of HIV-infected Individuals: Roles for Psychologists
        • Drug Use, Abuse, and HIV/AIDS;
        • HIV/AIDS and the Trans-gender Population.
      • Ethical Issues and HIV/AIDS: A Multi-Disciplinary Mental Health Services Curricula
        • Training in a model for ethical decision-making
        • How to analyze complex HIV cases in terms of five foundational ethical principles in conjunction with professional ethics codes
        • Explore how the ethical decision making model applies to a case study
        • Apply the ethical decision making model to an HIV mental health case study
    • National Institutes of Health
      • Protecting Human Research Participants
        • Addresses the principles used to define ethical research using humans and the regulations, policies, and guidance that describe the implementation of those principles.
  • Other Service to the Field
    • Annual Showcase for the Science of Psychology and its Application featuring The Annual Grimes Lecture, Philadelphia PA
      • Planning and Committee Member, June 2011 – Present
      • Experience:
        • Recruit poster presenters
        • Organize abstracts
        • Designed program for the evening
  • Professional Memberships and Affiliations
    • Society for Implementation Research Collaboration
      • Core Planning Committee Member, Junior Colleague
        • Collaborating in the organization of a 3-conference series on dissemination and implementation (DIS) of evidence based psychosocial interventions.
        • Creator and co-maintainer of the conference website and data repository at http://www.seattleimplementation.org/
        • Developing the web application component of the Measures Project, a comprehensive Review of Dissemination and Implementation Science Instruments, available for preview at http://www.seattleimplementation.org/sirc-projects/sirc-measures-project/
    • American Psychological Association
      • Student Member
      • Division 38 Member
    • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
      • Student Member
    • Society for Behavioral Medicine
      • Student Member

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