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"Dr Shapiro was amazing!!! He did a fantastic job and all of the physicians in attendance were extremely complimentary." -- Melissa Shay, St. Joseph Health System, Bryan, TX

“Shapiro is a triple threat: a psychologist who has been both a cancer patient and the spouse of a patient. He brings these perspectives to this terrifically helpful book that will assist couples as they face the challenges of serious illness. Lucid, practical, and informed by research and interviews with patients and their spouses, Shapiro provides a blueprint for managing the illness and succeeding as a couple.”— Andrew Weil, MD, author of 8 Weeks to Optimum Health and Spontaneous Happiness

Psychologist, Cancer Survivor, Author

Dan Shapiro is a psychologist, professor and chair at the Department of Humanities at the Penn State College of Medicine. He earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Florida and went on to Harvard Medical School where he completed an internship and an endowed post-doctoral fellowship. He is a writer, speaker, and has also done on-camera work and consulting for national television shows including ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice.

Dan has written three books, Mom’s Marijuana (Random House), Delivering Doctor Amelia (Random House) and his newest, And in Health: A Guide for Couples Facing Cancer Together (Trumpeter Books, distributed by Random House). He has been both the cancer patient (having beaten Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in his twenties, and the caregiver (his wife had a serious breast cancer), he’s been on both sides of the bed. Realizing how difficult it is to be in either position, he researched how couples respond. The result of that work is this book and a new program, based on this what he learned, which he delivers, as always, in a very entertaining way.

His writings about the patient experience and physician patient relationships have appeared or been featured in the New York Times, JAJA, Salon.Com, Academic Medicine, and The Today Show.

In the spring of 2012 Dr. Shapiro appeared in 8 episodes of the National Geographic program, “Great American Manhunt” and has been a commentator on Dark Matters, a program on Discovery Science. He has also written for the New York Times, JAMA, the Chronicles of Higher Education, and had commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.


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A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to Chemotherapy

Ideal for health professionals or groups of patients, this talk has been described as laugh out loud funny and moving —  Akin to a one act play, the talk emphasizes the importance of connecting to others and hope in the face of challenging regimens — but these messages are imbedded in first person stories that appreciate the complexity of front line medicine. (30 minutes – 1 hour, depending on host preferences), no slides.


And in Health: A Seriously Funny Look at Facing Cancer as a Couple

Using examples from his clinical experience and research from his book, Shapiro describes the traps some couples facing illness fall into, and methods for maintaining a thriving relationship. (45 minutes – 1 hour) talk includes slides.

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