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Panel Seeks to Connect Caregivers, Psychologists

May 25, 2017

Michelle Gates, PhD“CoPatricia Fank, PsyDnnecting Caregivers,” a panel discussion featuring psychologists, caregivers and the loved
ones they care for, will be held at 5 p.m., Monday, June 5, at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University, 315 W. Carpenter in Springfield.

Individuals caring for a loved one experiencing a health issue are invited to the free event. Michelle Gates, PhD, and Patricia Fank, PsyD, both assistant professors of psychiatry at SIU Medicine, will participate in the panel. Other panelists include a cancer survivor, an Alzheimer’s patient and their spouses.

“This is an opportunity for someone who is a primary caregiver for a loved one to share their concerns, their experiences and discuss the many emotions that are a consequence of this ongoing situation,” Gates said.

“Worry, guilt and even confusion can occur when providing care to a spouse, parent or child with an illness. We hope to provide an open discussion that offers insight into caring for a family member with a chronic illness or disorder,” Fank said.

To register or for more information, call 217-545-7493 weekdays. Light refreshments will be available.

The mission of the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer care needs through education, research, patient care and community service.  

Schedule an interview or request more information by contacting SIU Medicine's Office of Public Relations and Communications at or 217-545-3854.
Photo Caption: Michelle Gates, PhD (Left) and Patricia Fank, PsyD (Right)