Dr. Fiona Schulte, PhD, RPsych
Registered Psychologist, College of Alberta Psychologists,
BAH Psychology, Honours, Queen's University, 2001
MA Clinical Psychology, York University, 2004
PhD Health and Behavioral Science, University of Toronto, 2009
Dr. Fiona Schulte is an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology, Division of Psychosocial Oncology in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She is also a registered psychologist in the Hematology, Oncology and Transplant Program at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Fiona’s research is broadly interested in enhancing the patient and family experience for children, adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer and improving the psychosocial late effects of childhood cancer survivors and also examines the experiences of youth diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease. Fiona is Past President of the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology. She is also a member of a number of national and international committees focused on improving the care of children, adolescents and young adults and their families diagnosed with oncologic or hematological conditions including the Children’s Oncology Group Long-Term Follow-Up Guidelines psychosocial task force.
Areas of Research
- Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology
My research to date had been interested in the psychosocial outcomes of pediatric cancer patients, survivors and their families. More specifically, I have been focused on quality of life and social competence deficits in pediatric CNS tumor survivors. Preliminary work has included a review of the pertinent literature and investigations of factors that could be related to social competence in these survivors such as quality of life, sense of self, depressive symptomatology and body mass index. This research resulted in the development of an intervention program to remediate social adjustment difficulties displayed by pediatric CNS tumor survivors. The findings from these trials inspired a multi-site randomized control trial of the intervention which yielded modest improvements in social skills following the intervention compared to a control group. Currently, my research will focus on uncovering the mechanisms for social difficulties in pediatric CNS tumor survivors so that targeted interventions can be developed.
Participation in university strategic initiatives
- Research Excellence Award, Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology. 2022
- Young Investigator Award , University of Calgary - Department of Oncology. 2019
- Young Investigator Award, International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP). 2018
- Hiroomi Kawano New Investigator Award, International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) . 2018
- Top 40 Under 40, Avenue Magazine. 2017
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