Barry Bultz

Dr. Barry D. Bultz, PhD, R. Psych.

Positions

Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Oncology

Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

Adjunct Professor

School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Australia

Member

Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute

Daniel Family Leadership Chair

Psychosocial Oncology

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Phone number

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Background

Educational Background

B.A. Psychology, Concordia University, Sir George Williams University, Montreal, QC, 1969

M.A. Counselling Psychology, Pasadena College, Pasadena, CA, 1971

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, United States International University, San Diego, CA, 1974

Biography

Dr. Barry D. Bultz, PhD, holds the Daniel Family Leadership Chair in Psychosocial Oncology and is Professor and Head, Division of Psychosocial Oncology and Professor of the Department of Psychiatry in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. He is the founding Director of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology; Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary. Dr. Bultz is a co-founder and Past President of the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO). He served as an Invited Director of the Board of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. From 2012 to 2014, Dr. Bultz served as President of the International Psycho-Oncology Society.

He advocates for the recognition of the impact of cancer-related distress (6th Vital Sign) on patient experience and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, 25 book chapters and presents frequently on the importance of screening and management of cancer related distress. His work with cancer patients has seen him receive many awards, including the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology Award of Excellence, The Canadian Cancer Society (Alberta and NWT Divisions) Award of Excellence in Medicine and Health, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award, the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2016, and the Arthur Sutherland Award in 2016, in recognition of distinguished and important innovations in the field of psycho-oncology. The Sutherland Award is IPOS’s most prestigious award. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and in 2017 he was elected Fellow of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society - the first for a non-American.

Research

Areas of Research

Area of Focus
  • Psychosocial oncology

Courses

Course number Course title Semester
MDSC 535/635 Psychosocial Oncology

Awards

  • President Emeritus, International Psycho-Oncology Society. 2018
  • Fellow, American Psychosocial Oncology Society. 2017
  • Daniel Family Leadership Chair in Psychosocial Oncology, Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. 2016
  • Arthur M. Sutherland Award , International Psycho-Oncology Society in recognition of distinguished and important innovations in the field of psycho-oncology. 2016
  • The Alberta Order of Excellence (AOE), Government of Alberta. 2016
  • The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Government of Canada. 2013
  • President, International Psycho- Oncology Society. 2012
  • Dr. Peter Geggie Award, Outstanding Achievement Award, Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT Division. 2012
  • Department Head’s Award, Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. 2011
  • Father of the “6th Vital Sign”, Oncology Times-USA, page 6, March 25. 2008
  • Cancer's Therapist - Recognition and Profile in Time Magazine, 2005
  • Profiled in Psymposium (Journal of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta). 14(4):25-28, 2005
  • Award of Excellence, Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology. 2005
  • Award of Excellence in Medicine and Health, Canadian Cancer Society – Alberta / NWT Division. 2004
  • President, Canadian Psychosocial Oncology Society. 2001
  • Fellow, Canadian Psychological Association. 1992
  • Co-Founder, The Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology. 1985

Publications