My Favorite Resources

I have compiled below a list of helpful websites, books, and seminal peer-reviewed journal articles related to body image, as well as psychosocial oncology resources for healthcare professionals and cancer survivors.

Note: Not responsible for the content, claims or representations of the listed sites and sources.

Body Image Resources

  • Changing Faces organization that supports people who have a visible difference or disfigurement to lead the lives they want.

  • Centre for Appearance Research world’s largest research group focusing on the role of appearance and body image in people’s lives.

  • Center for Human Appearance – The most comprehensive, academically-based center dedicated to the research and education of appearance-related problems and quality of life.

  • Thomas Cash, Ph.D – Thomas Cash, Ph.D., renowned for work in the study of the psychology of appearance. His website provides information on validated body image assessment tools, publications and research in the area of body image.

  • Body Image: An International Journal of Research - An international, peer-reviewed journal that publishes high-quality scientific articles on body image and human physical appearance.

Body Image Books

  • Body Image Care for Cancer Patients: Principles and Practices

    By: Fingeret, M.C., & Teo I. (2018)
    Learn more here
    Buy the book: Oxford University Press or Amazon

  • The Body Image Workbook

    By: Cash TF. (2008) – An eight-step program for learning to like your looks., 2nd ed. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications.

  • Body image: A handbook of theory, research, & clinical practice.

    By: Cash TF, Smolak L. (2011) – 2nd edition ed. New York: The Guilford Press.

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Body Image Disturbance

    Pearson, A., Heffner, M., Follette, V. (2010) – A practitioner's guide to using mindfulness, acceptance, and values-based behavior change strategies. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

  • Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance

    By: Rumsey, N. and Harcourt, D. (2012) – Oxford University Press.  More information here 

  • Psychological Aspects of Reconstructive and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

    By: Sarwer D.B, et al. (2006) – Clinical, empirical and ethical perspectives. Philadelphia, London, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

  • Handbook of Positive Body Image and Embodiment

    By: Tylka T.L., Piran N. (2019) – New York, Oxford University Press.

Body Image Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

These articles represent seminal work in the field and provide an overview of noteworthy findings.

  • Assessing the Body Image: Relevance, Application and Instruments for Oncological Settings

    By: Annunziata, Maria Antonietta, et al. – Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 20, no. 5, 12 Dec. 2011, pp. 901–907

  • Body Image of Children and Adolescents with Cancer: A Systematic Review

    By: Fan, Sheng-Yu, and Christine Eiser – Body Image, vol. 6, no. 4, Sept. 2009, pp. 247–256

  • Managing Body Image Difficulties of Adult Cancer Patients: Lessons from Available Research

    By: Fingeret, Michelle Cororve, et al. – Cancer, vol. 120, no. 5, 21 Nov. 2013, pp. 633–641

  • New Challenges in Psycho‐Oncology: An Embodied Approach to Body Image

    By: Hopwood, Penelope, and Nick Hopwood. – Psycho-Oncology, vol. 28, no. 2, 29 Nov. 2018, pp. 211–218

  • Body Image in Cancer Survivors: A Systematic Review of Case-Control Studies

    By: Lehmann, Vicky, et al. – Journal of Cancer Survivorship, vol. 9, no. 2, June 2015, pp. 339–348

  • Enhancing Quality of Life in Medical Populations: A Vision for Body Image Assessment and Rehabilitation as Standards of Care

    By: Pruzinsky, Thomas – Body Image, vol. 1, no. 1, Jan. 2004, pp. 71–81

  • Body Image Disturbance in Adults Treated for Cancer - a Concept Analysis

    By: Rhoten, Bethany A. – Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol. 72, no. 5, 8 Jan. 2016, pp. 1001–1011

  • Body Image and Disfigurement: Issues and Interventions

    By: Rumsey, Nichola, and Diana Harcourt. – Body Image, vol. 1, no. 1, Jan. 2004, pp. 83–97

  • Body Image Dimensions and Cancer: A Heuristic Cognitive Behavioural Model

    By: White, Craig A. – Psycho-Oncology, vol. 9, no. 3, 2000, pp. 183–192

Psychosocial Oncology Resources

  • American Psychosocial Oncology Society – The only multidisciplinary organization in the US dedicated to researching and treating the psychosocial aspects of cancer.

  • Association of Oncology Social Workers

    aosw.orgInternational non-profit organization dedicated to the enhancement of psychosocial services to people with cancer and their families.

  • Oncology Nursing Society – A professional association committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of clinical care.

  • American Cancer Society – Cancer information, answers, and hope. Available every minute of every day.

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology – A diverse network of oncology professionals dedicated to providing the highest quality resources in education, policy, the pioneering of clinical research, and above all, advancing the care of patients with cancer.

  • Association of Community Cancer Centers – Leading education and advocacy organization for the cancer care community.

  • CancerCare

    cancercare.orgThe leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical, and financial challenges of cancer.

  • International Psycho-Oncology Society

    ipos-society.orgFosters international multidisciplinary communication about clinical, educational, and research issues that relate to the subspeciality of psycho-oncology.

  • Psycho-Oncology Journal

    onlinelibrary.wiley.comAn international peer-reviewed journal that is concerned with the psychological, social, behavioral, and ethical aspects of cancer.

  • Cancer Support Community – Largest professionally-led network of cancer support worldwide, dedicated to ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

Psychosocial Oncology Books

  • Cancer Care for the Whole Patient Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs

    By: Adler, Nancy E, and Ann E K Page (2008) – Washington The National Academies Press.

  • MD Anderson Manual of Psychosocial Oncology

    By: Duffy, James D, et al. (2011) – New York, Mcgraw-Hill Medical.

  • Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis

    By: Levit, Laura A, et al. (2013) – Washington, D.C., National Academies Press.

  • Psycho-Oncology

    By: William S Breitbart et al. (2021) – 4th ed., Oxford; New York, Oxford University Press.

Fingeret Psychology Services ribbon

Have questions that you can't find the answers to? Contact me here to schedule a consultation or click below to learn more.