Dr. Asuzu Chioma C.
PERSONAL STATEMENTS/RESEARCH FOCUS
My responsibility in my employment is in the area of clinical psychology and my field practice is in the area of psycho-oncology, where cancer patients are seen and counselled, researches are carried out and community services given in form of seminars and workshops in the area of cancer prevention and control.
My research focus is in the area of assessment of distress, coping strategies and quality of life of cancer patients and application of psychological interventions such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in its management. Current areas of research includes traditional healers and cancer patients, smoking cessation, breast cancer and self breast examination, cancer survivorship, cancer of the cervix and prostate cancer education and care.
I recently led BIGCAT/AORTIC funded study to assess the use and impact of traditional healers in the treatment of cancer patients in the University College Hospital, Ibadan and the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu.
I laid the groundwork for the proposed Masters programme in psycho-oncology, which has passed at different stages of the process of approval of a new programme and it is at the stage of final approval stage by the senate of the University. This programme will train personnel in the area of psycho-oncology for cancer centres in Nigeria and Africa.