Applications Now Open for the Integrative Oncology Practicum for Psychology pre-doctoral students

Integrative Oncology Practicum – Psychology Pre-doctoral students

The practicum at the Simms/Mann –UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology is an advanced clinical training opportunity for students in the fields of psychology to obtain interdisciplinary training in the clinical care of patients with cancer and their family members. Students will learn about the biological aspects of cancer, develop an understanding of the psychosocial impact on adult patients and family members throughout development, and appropriately learn to function in the role of mental health professionals in a medical setting.

Specific skills learned include:

  • consultation in multidisciplinary medical clinics
  • patient advocacy and access to tangible resources
  • individual and group therapy
  • exposure to interventions in multiple disciplines such as psychology, social work, psychiatry, spiritual care and integrative medicine

Training consists of weekly didactic teachings, bimonthly case conferences, lectures, attendance in medical clinics, and individual and group supervision. Practicum students will receive this training in an outpatient facility, the Simms/Mann — UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology in the 200 Medical Plaza Building Suite 502, and also in various oncology clinics within the Medical Center in Westwood and in Santa Monica and possibly in other UCLA Hematology/Oncology community practices.

Current Position Openings:

The Center typically offers practicum placements to two advanced clinical students per year. Practicum students are required to spend 20-24 hours per week for a minimum of ten months or as prescribed by their program. The Center prefers students who will make a one-year commitment to training. The Center will also consider other opportunities for students with a serious interest in psycho-oncology training on a case-by-case basis, including a two-year training program.

Resource Allocation:

Interns have a designated intern office at the Center with multiple computer and phone stations. Students also have access to clinicians’ offices and the Center conference room for individual sessions. Additional laptop computers designated for intern use are also available.


All psychology doctoral practicum students receive weekly individual supervision and group didactic training from Dr. Elizabeth Cleary and Dr. Kauser Ahmed. In addition, practicum students will receive group supervision, didactic training and direct observation from Lorelei Bonet LCSW, as well as supplemental supervision and training from other licensed oncology social workers on staff and from Dr. Coscarelli, clinical psychologist and Director of the Center. All practicum students are required to attend weekly training meetings and clinic case conferences on Monday mornings from 9:00-11:30 am. Practicum students are also required to attend and assist at three Insights Into Cancer Lectures, which are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:00-9:00pm at the Ronald Reagan Hospital.


Kauser Ahmed PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Associate Director/ Training Director
Elizabeth Cleary, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Primary Clinical Supervisor
Lorelei Bonet LCSW, Licensed Oncology Social Worker, Field Supervisor
Anne Coscarelli PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Center Director

Please note: This track covers parking for one day per week for all trainees.



Course work and/or prior training in diagnostic interviewing, CBT and two years of prior clinical practicum training with some experience in psychotherapy are required. A strong interest in health psychology or oncology social work, as well as prior experience in a medical setting is preferred.

Application process:

Candidates are required to submit:

  • A letter of interest
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of reference (from writers directly familiar with applicant’s clinical skills; research or academic advisors may submit an additional supplemental letter but cannot be one of the two primary references)
  • Letter from the Training Director of the School attesting to the student’s qualifications, and evidence of professional liability coverage by the candidate’s program.

Please submit all materials via email to Dr. Elizabeth Cleary at Deadlines for application is January 15th, 2018.