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Introducing the AONN+ Annual Conference Keynote Speaker

October 1, 2020 | AONN+ Blog | 2020 Annual Conference

The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) is pleased to announce Bina Parekh, PhD, as the Keynote Speaker for the Virtual 11th Annual Navigation & Survivorship Conference. A clinical psychologist with special expertise in cross-cultural psychology, gender and class issues, substance-related disorders, pain management and trauma, Dr Parekh is an Associate Department Chair and Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Irvine.

Her Keynote Address focuses on Understanding Vicarious Trauma and Its Path to Resilience. Dr Parekh’s expertise in vicarious and secondary trauma and “compassion fatigue”—the emotional impact on caregivers of hearing about and taking on the trauma of others, and the profound emotional and physical distress that results when these helpers are unable to tap into the time and resources necessary to restore their own well-being—could not be more important or timely at this period of crisis in our healthcare system and our nation as a whole. In her keynote, she will address how direct COVID-19 trauma and vicarious trauma from the pandemic intersect among healthcare workers and other frontline responders, the risk factors for vicarious trauma, and its effects on therapists and helpers. She will also offer pathways for response to this trauma that can lead to vicarious resilience, including finding privilege in the shared journey, developing purpose and personal growth, and deriving positive meaning in serving humanity. We cannot imagine anything more relevant to the needs of oncology nurses and navigators today!

After receiving her master’s degree in community psychology at New York University, Dr Parekh completed her PhD in clinical psychology with a minor emphasis in biostatistics at Loma Linda University. She then completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente in Milpitas, CA, specializing in general psychiatry, behavioral medicine, trauma, and chemical dependency. She has taught in the areas of cross-cultural psychology, research methods/statistics, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychometric theory, diversity, health pathology and psychopathology at UC Irvine, CSU Fullerton, and CSU San Bernardino.

Dr Parekh has served as a project coordinator for several large grants at the Behavioral Health Institute at San Diego State University (SDSU) and acted as a clinical supervisor in the joint doctoral program between SDSU and the University of California, San Diego. She has published several peer-reviewed papers in the areas of cross-cultural psychology and behavioral health. Dr Parekh has worked as a pain psychologist within a multidisciplinary treatment team in the Chronic Pain Program at Kaiser Permanente in Orange, CA.

We are delighted and honored to have Dr Parekh join us for the 2020 AONN+ Annual Conference. Please stay tuned for more information about her keynote session, set for Friday, November 6, at 9:15 am, as well as much more about our packed agenda featuring leading oncology navigation and cancer care professionals.

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