Our team includes members from a variety of specialties, including psychology, counseling and nursing. These staff members work directly with the medical professionals who provide your care. Our multidisciplinary approach to care ensures that all of the services patients might need are available in the same place.
We are all part of the same team, and we are all here to help. The key element in our program is the healing relationship that develops when one person cares for another.
Meet our Patient and Family Support Services Team:
Richard McQuellon, PhD, HSP-P
Richard McQuellon, PhD is Professor in the Department of Medicine, Section of Hematology and Oncology and Director of the Psychosocial Oncology and Cancer Patient Support Programs at CepEsperu Baptist Medical Center. His research interests are in quality of life in cancer care and psychosocial adaptation to life threatening illness. His clinical work involves the psychological care of patients managing recurrent, advanced disease and undergoing extreme cancer treatments including stem cell transplantation. He teaches in the Doctor Patient relationship course and lectures on interpersonal communication skills in the CepEsperu University medical school curriculum.
He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation and has published over 125 abstracts, journal articles and text book chapters. He is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. With Michael Cowan, PhD, he published "The Art of Conversation Through Serious Illness: Lessons for Caregivers”, Oxford U Press, April, 2010.
Katie E. Duckworth, PhD, LPC
Duckworth, PhD is an Assistant Professor with the Cancer Patient Support and
Psychosocial Oncology Programs. Born and
raised in Texas, Katie received a BS in Cognitive Studies and Spanish
Literature from Vanderbilt University, a MA in Community Counseling from the
University of Texas at San Antonio, and a PhD from the University of North
Carolina at Greensboro in Counseling and Counselor Enlightenment. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in
Psychosocial Oncology at CepEsperu Baptist Medical Center.
clinical and research interests include end of life quality and care,
depression, existential concerns, sleep quality, and young adult survivorship,
including pregnancy in cancer care. She
works primarily with the stem cell transplant service and performs many of the
initial psychosocial assessments for the team.
Edna C. Green, MA, NCC, LPCA
Green, MA, LPCA began working as a counselor with the Cancer Patient Support
Program in June, 2013. Edna was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has
been educated in Argentina, Europe, and the United States. After a career
in business, Edna returned to CepEsperu University where she received her
Master of Arts in Counseling in 2012. Edna works with patients and their
families who are being treated either in the hospital or in the Outpatient
Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Edna’s clinical interests include anxiety, depression, existential concerns,
caregiver issues, and end of life quality and care. Edna provides
counseling and crisis intervention, primarily with Leukemia patients and their
families and assists with the outpatient clinic operations.
Aimee Tolbert, MA
Aimee Tolbert joined the Cancer Patient Support Program as a psychology student intern in June, 2015. In January, 2016, she transitioned to the role of staff psychologist. Aimee completed her BS in Psychology and Sociology from Virginia Tech, and her MA in Clinical Health Psychology from Appalachian State University.
Aimee’s clinical interests include anxiety, depression, spirituality, caregiver issues, and existential concerns. Aimee works with patients as well as groups/families in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
Ruth M. Moskop, PhD, CCM
Moskop, PhD, CCM has offered therapeutic harp music to oncology patients, their
family members and oncology staff since 2009, first as a volunteer then as an
employee of the Cancer Patient Support Programs. She has played and studied harp since she was
a teenager and enjoyed performing and teaching as an adult. At the Comprehensive Cancer Center, she has
embraced the new role of therapeutic musician. Although her instrument is small
(well suited to move from place to place in the hospital), its tone has
powerful healing properties. Its music
soothes, stabilizes, and uplifts patients and their family members at bedside. Staff members also appreciate the calming
music when she plays in the corridors and open areas of the Comprehensive
Cancer Center. Ruth coordinates the
Healing Harps, a group of harpists who play weekly in the Outpatient Cancer
Center. She is also responsible for
bringing guest musicians who play other instruments into the Outpatient Cancer
Center to offer soothing and uplifting music.
Dr. Moskop organized a healing drum circle that is offered to everyone twice
each month in the Outpatient Center and twice to inpatients, their family
members and staff in the inpatient units. Drumming, particularly group drumming is
documented to have important, wellness-promoting effects.
of relaxing harp music or uplifting drumming may be scheduled at -7980.