Psychosocial Staff

Andrea Maikovich-Fong, Ph.D

Andrea Maikovich-Fong, Ph.D., ABPP is the Psychosocial Oncology Supervisor and a board-certified clinical health psychologist. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Yale University, and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She then completed her clinical internship and a post-doctoral fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital, prior to coming to CBCI.  Andrea’s clinical and research interests include understanding the ways in which psychological and neurocognitive factors predict post-transplant medical outcomes, understanding the impact of parental illness and transplant on children, and in general maximizing coping and resilience to improve overall quality of life post-transplant. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, camping, cheering on Denver sports teams, and spending time with her two- and four-legged children.

 Samantha Mohr, LSW

 Samantha Mohr, LCSW, graduated from the University of Denver in 2011 with her Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a specialty in Trauma: Responses and Recovery.  Samantha completed her graduate level internship at Kaiser Permanente in oncology and has a passion for cancer care services.  She has a strong interest working specifically with newly diagnosed patients and is trained in” From Cancer to Health (C2H)”, the first evidence-based biobehavioral intervention designed for people newly diagnosed with cancer.  Samantha was awarded Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Gold Star Employee of the Year Award in 2013.  She is honored to work with patients and their families as an inpatient medical social worker on the Oncology and BMT units. Outside of work, Samantha enjoys hiking, biking, yoga, and anything related to the outdoors.


Katie Mortimer, LCSW received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Drake University in Des Moines, IA and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. Katie was in the Peace Corps, living in Nepal prior to going to graduate school, and that is where she found her passion for social work. Katie has worked in a variety of hospitals, most recently at the University of Colorado Hospital, serving the heart and lung transplant population. Katie joined the psychosocial team at CBCI in September 2015 and is honored to provide social work support to patients and families undergoing bone marrow transplant. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking with her 2 dogs, traveling, camping and spending time with her husband and friends.

Jonathan Phillips, LCSW ,Originally from New Mexico, Jonathan earned his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver in 2001. Jonathan holds certifications as a Master Addictions Counselor and AcuDetox Specialist and has spent many years working in community health in the Denver area. Jonathan joined the psychosocial team at CBCI in August of 2015 and is excited to provide support to patients and families undergoing bone marrow transplant. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family and friends skiing, biking and fly fishing.

Melissa Sommers

Melissa Sommers, LCSW, grew up in a suburb of Chicago. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from Indiana University and a M.S.W from Washington University in St. Louis. After graduate school, she worked with children in the foster care system in Chicago for 3 years. She and her husband relocated to Denver in 2005 to take advantage of a lot of the outdoor activities in the mountains like hiking, skiing and camping. She worked in hospice and palliative care from 2005-2012 before coming to PSL in September 2012. She is honored to work with the great team at PSL and CBCI and the patients and families. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, and being outdoors.


Helen Coons

Helen L Coons, Ph.D., ABPP is a board-certified Clinical Health Psychologist who specializes in psychosocial oncology and women’s health. Dr. Coons received her Ph.D. from Temple University in Philadelphia after completing her internship in medical psychology at Duke University School of Medicine. She has worked in oncology for over 25 years. She also routinely works with individuals and couples coping with cancer and fertility decisions, young and single adults of any age with cancer, and with patients who have had multiple types of cancer. Dr. Coons is a dynamic speaker who routinely presents to local, national and international health care providers as well as community groups on psycho-oncology issues such as: coping with uncertainty, living with advanced cancer, strategies to deal with chemobrain, improving communication with family members and the oncology team, body image and sexual functioning after cancer treatment, and other survivorship concerns. She also consults at a national level on psychosocial oncology care and patient resources, is an experienced content expert for TV, radio, magazine, and web writers, and enjoys writing patient focused articles for Coping with Cancer Magazine and other publications. Dr. Coons moved from Philadelphia to Denver in 2014 and enjoys tennis, cycling, hiking, and skiing with family and friends.  She also enjoys adventure travel to any and all points across the globe!