Our team includes members from a variety of specialties, including psychology, counseling and nursing. These staff members work directly with the medical professionals who provide your care. Our multidisciplinary approach to care ensures that all of the services patients might need are available in the same place.
We are all part of the same team, and we are all here to help. The key element in our program is the healing relationship that develops when one person cares for another.
Meet our Patient and Family Support Services Team:
Pat DeChatelet, MA Ed., LPC
Pat DeChatelet, MA Ed., LPC received a Master of Arts in Education from Wake Forest University in 1988. She began working with the CPSP in April, 1990 as Associate Director of Patient Services. Pat works primarily with cancer patients and their families in the Outpatient Comprehensive Cancer Center doing New Patient Orientations, individual and family counseling and crisis intervention.
In her more than 20 years as a counselor with the CPSP, Pat has worked with Leukemia, Bone Marrow Transplant, and Solid Tumor patients. She has also facilitated support groups for Caregivers and Patients. Pat also coordinates the volunteer program for the CPSP.
Katie E. Duckworth, PhD, LPC
Katie E. Duckworth, PhD, LPC is an Assistant Professor with the Cancer Patient Support and Psychosocial Oncology Programs. Born and raised in Texas, Katie received a BS in Cognitive Studies and Spanish Literature from Vanderbilt University, a MA in Community Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Counseling and Counselor Education.
Katie's clinical and research interests include end of life quality and care, depression, existential concerns, sleep quality and trauma. She works primarily with the stem cell transplant service and performs many of the initial psychosocial assessments for the team.
Ann M. Williams, Ph.D.
Ann M. Williams, Ph.D. is the new postdoctoral fellow with the Cancer Patient Support and Psychosocial Oncology Programs. Ann received a BA in Psychology and a BA English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a MA in Psychology from New York University, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Her current clinical and research interests include depression, trauma, and the role of personality factors in the stress and coping process. Since joining the CPSP team, Ann has assisted in coordinating a survivorship program, including support and skills groups for survivors and their caregivers.
Sheila (Lee) Walton began working at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in 1987 in the Department of Human Resources for the Medical School. For the last 23 years she has graciously assumed her position as Administrative Secretary for the Cancer Patient Support Program. She lives with her cat named Neenah. Sheila’s greatest joy in her job comes from talking directly with patients and helping them get appointments set up with one of our licensed counselors or one of our psychologists. Referrals are received from different areas of the hospital such as GYN/ONC, SURG/ONC and MED/ONC and RAD/ONC. She talks directly with the referral sources and the patients and sets up appointments in conjunction with their other medical appointments and procedures.
Sheila also manages the day-to-day administrative tasks of the CPSP Program staff as well as managing the CPSP Clinic Office on Mondays and other days as needed.
Richard McQuellon, PhD
Richard McQuellon, PhD is Professor in the Department of Medicine, Section of Hematology and Oncology and Director of the Psychosocial Oncology and Cancer Patient Support Programs at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. His research interests are in quality of life in cancer care and psychosocial adaptation to life threatening illness. His clinical work involves the psychological care of patients managing recurrent, advanced disease and undergoing extreme cancer treatments including stem cell transplantation. He teaches in the Doctor Patient relationship course and lectures on interpersonal communication skills in the Wake Forest University medical school curriculum.
He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation and has published over 125 abstracts, journal articles and text book chapters. He is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. With Michael Cowan, PhD, he published "The Art of Conversation Through Serious Illness: Lessons for Caregivers”, Oxford U Press, April, 2010.