The evolution of a psycho-oncology partnership

Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds


noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 29, 2023


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Presenter details

Karen Weihs, MD
Professor, Psychiatry
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson

Weihs is professor of psychiatry and a comprehensive member of the Arizona Cancer Center. She is medical director of Psychosocial Support and PsychoOncology Services for the Arizona Cancer Center. Weihs has developed a model for cancer patients, mental health care including a collaborative team of oncologists, social workers and psychiatrists. Read more

Mairead McConnell, PhD
Clinical assistant professor, Psychiatry
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson

McConnell is a clinical assistant professor at Banner University Medical Center South and a licensed clinical psychologist in the Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona and completed her predoctoral internship at the Yale School of Medicine. As a clinical health psychologist, McConnell specializes in the treatment of individuals with concurrent physical and mental health challenges. Her areas of professional interest include chronic illness, psycho-oncology, and end-of-life. She also has special interests in grief and bereavement, and in women’s health, including infertility, cancer and menopause. Read more

Learning objectives

  • Be aware of approaches to prevent mental health conditions in cancer patients.
  • Define double awareness in the context of palliative care.
  • Understand the utility of The Double Awareness Scale in palliative care settings.
  • Consider opportunities for interdisciplinary partnership, training and mentorship.
  • Increase attention to medical comorbidities in the treatment of their patients with mental illness.


The educational objective for Psychiatry Grand Rounds is to provide mental health professionals with updates on psychiatric topics with the goals of increasing knowledge, competence and patient care. Psychiatry Grand Rounds are held on Wednesdays (September-May) from 12-1 p.m. Be sure to log into your CME account and complete the evaluation to receive credit.