Professor Phyllis Butow has worked for over 20 years in the area of psycho-oncology and has developed an international reputation in this and the area of health communication. She is currently professor and NHMRC principal research fellow in the School of Psychology, University of Sydney. She directs the Medical Psychology Research Unit and chairs the Australian Psycho-oncology Co-operative Trials Group. She chairs the Communication Skills Advisory Group of the National Breast Cancer Centre and has taken a leading role in Australia in promoting and facilitating communication skills training for oncology health professionals. Much of her research concerns the impact of communication strategies on doctor and patient outcomes, and this has been translated into a number of communication skills modules for cancer health professionals. She has over 150 publications in peer reviewed journals, most of which relate to psychological issues in cancer.
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