Cancer Survivorship Provider Network (CSPN) members will be joined on March 28, 2022 by guest speaker Dr. Leslie R. Schover, who will discus reproductive health in cancer care. This member education meeting will be held from 12:30pm – 1:30pm PST.
Leslie R. Schover, PhD is a clinical psychologist specializing in cancer-related problems with sexuality or fertility. She received a PhD in clinical psychology from UCLA in 1979. Her dissertation was supported by a Woodrow Wilson Research Grant in Women’s Studies. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in sex therapy and sex research at SUNY at Stony Brook in 1981.
She was Assistant Professor of Psychology in Urology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center from 1982-1986 and served as Staff Psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation until 1999. She then returned to MD Anderson Cancer Center, becoming a tenured full professor in 2003.
She took early retirement in 2016 to devote full time to a startup company, Will2Love (2016-2021). She wrote all the content for the websites and is also the author of 3 self-help books: Prime Time: Sexual Health for Men over 50 (Holt Rinehart, & Winston, 1984); Sexuality and Fertility after Cancer (John Wiley & Sons, 1997); and Overcoming Male Infertility: Understanding its Causes and Treatments (John Wiley & Sons, 2000); as well as a textbook, Sexuality and Chronic Illness: A Comprehensive Approach (Guilford Press, 1988).
During her academic career she has also published well over 100 journal articles and 33 book chapters. Her research on interventions to help people with cancer overcome problems with sexual and fertility issues was supported by three, fast-track small business grants from the National Cancer Institute to develop and evaluate internet-based interventions for cancer survivors on sexuality and fertility. The intervention development was also supported by grant funding from the American Cancer Society and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Dr. Schover also has advanced certification from the Telebehavioral Health Institute in telehealth psychology practice and ethics. She received the Holland Distinguished Leadership Award from the American Psychosocial Oncology Society in 2016.
In 2019, Will2Love won an Innovations Prize in the international Astellas C3 competition to improve cancer care. Unfortunately Will2Love is now closed. In 2021, Dr. Schover received the Excellence in Clinical Health Psychology Award from the Society for Health Psychology (Division 38 of the American Psychological Association). Dr. Schover is starting a telehealth private practice and remains available for consulting.