Education, Training & Experience

Education

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work (Chestnut Hill, MA)

Doctor of Philosophy, Social Work, December 2013

Columbia University School of Social Work (New York, NY)

Master of Science in Social Work, May 2003

Georgetown University (Washington, DC)

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, May 1998

Additional Training

Selected participant, Program in Palliative Care Education and Practice (PCEP)

Sponsored by Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care. Boston, MA

2008

Selected participant, Advocating for Clinical Excellence (ACE) Project.

Sponsored by City of Hope, funded by NCI. Los Angeles, CA

2007

Clinical and Teaching Experience

2014 – present

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work (Chestnut Hill, MA)

Adjunct professor

Courses: Basic Skills in Clinical Social Work (SW2762), Clinical Practice with Adults (SW856)

2007 – 2014

Adult Palliative Care Service Dana-Farber/Brigham & Women’s Cancer Center, Brigham & Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA)

Director of Palliative Care Outreach, Senior Clinical Social Worker

2005 – 2007

Palliative Care Service Montefiore Medical Center (Bronx, NY)

Senior Social Worker

2005 – 2007

Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice (NY, NY)

Admissions Liaison

2003 – 2005

Palliative Home Care Service, Beth Israel Medical Center (NY, NY)

Social Work Coordinator

Additional Faculty, Writing and Review Experience

2014 – present

Invited member, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association policy paper on palliative care for patients with cardiovascular disease and stroke

2013 – present

Invited faculty, Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), Generalist Palliative Care Training E-Learning Initiative

2011 – present

Reviewer, Journal of Palliative Medicine       

2008 – present

Editorial Board member, Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care

2007 – present

Invited faculty, Practical Aspects of Palliative Care

Sponsored by Harvard Medical School, Center for Palliative Care

2014

Invited faculty, Pathways to Quality Palliative Care

CAPC National Seminar, Orlando, FL

2014

Conference planning committee member and invited faculty, Mental Health Issues in Serious Medical Illness

Sponsored by Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care. Boston, MA

2012 – 2014

Invited participant, BWH Continuum of Care Palliative Care Work Group

Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA.

2012

Invited participant, Serious Illness Communication Checklist Project planning group

Sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care. Boston, MA

2009

Invited faculty, Program in Palliative Care Education and Practice (PCEP)

Sponsored by Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care. Boston, MA.

Awards, Recognition & Membership

2010 – 2014

Recipient, American Cancer Society Doctoral Training Grant in Oncology Social Work

2009 – 2014

Recipient, Boston College Doctoral Fellowship in Social Work

2010

Team recipient, Partners in Excellence Award for Quality Treatment and Service, Brigham & Women’s Hospital

2010

Recipient, Martha Byron Burke Award for Social Work Excellence in Leadership and Quality Patient Care, Brigham & Women’s Hospital

2002 – present

Member, Social Work Network in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

2003 – present

Member, National Association of Social Work (NASW)

2009 – present

Member, Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW)

2009 – present

Member, Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)