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AOSW Fellows

In 2017 the AOSW Board of Directors established the honorary status of Fellow for the Association. The Inaugural Class of AOSW Fellows, consisting of AOSW Past Presidents, was announced in 2018. AOSW Fellowship recognizes and honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the science and practice of psychosocial oncology. Membership in the Fellowship is not purely honorific, however: it carries an expectation of ongoing contributions to and leadership within the AOSW.
 
Lynn Behar, PhD, MSW, FAOSW
Yvette Colón, PhD, BCD, LMSW, FAOSW
Julianne Oktay, PhD, MSW, FAOSW
Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, MA, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-CE, FNAP, FAOSW

 Dr. Lynn Behar  is a visionary oncology social worker & also philanthropic. Lynn has founded & funded a number of programs at the University Washington School of Social Work, where she was faculty & is now semi-retired. That being said, Lynn is busier than ever at UW SSW. In 2005, she developed a program for master’s level students focused on oncology & palliative social work. There are now 104 graduates of the Carol LaMare program, named after her mother. She also endowed a professorship and created a research arm of the program in 2017, which is now the University Of Washington School Of Social Work Center for Integrative Oncology and Palliative Care Social Work, a first in the United States. She is also the co-chair of the UW SSW Campaign Leadership Committee, which has surpassed its goal of $70 Million. In 2015, Dr. Behar co-edited the Handbook of Oncology Social Work through Oxford Press. Passion for people who fall through the cracks financially while having cancer treatment, Lynn started Patient Assistance Fund at Cancer Lifeline, in Seattle, WA, a psychosocial program for people living with cancer.

 Dr. Yvette Colón, PhD, ACSW, BCD, FNAP, LMSW-Clinical & Macro, is Associate Professor at Eastern Michigan University School of Social Work and volunteer Director of Education & Research for The Pain Community. Previously, she was the Director of Education and Support at the American Pain Foundation. She serves on several editorial and professional boards and is a Distinguished Social Work Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice. She has published and lectured widely on pain management, psychosocial oncology, end-of-life care and health care disparities. 

 Dr. Julianne Oktay has had a remarkable career over 40 years as an educator and scientist. She is recognized internationally as an expert in psychosocial oncology research, and has examined important issues related to medical social work generally and oncology social work, specifically. Dr. Oktay’s body of research includes studies of mental health outcomes, fatigue, family communication and other psychosocial aspects related to women’s experiences of breast cancer. These investigations
led to the development, implementation, and testing of family-based interventions. It also informed two ground-breaking books – one on breast cancer across the life span and a second on experiences of
women with breast cancer and their daughters. 

Dr. Oktay has been a long-time advocate for oncology social work. For more than 25 years, cancer centers in the US have been able to apply for stipends to lure and support students to their training programs. As a long-standing member of the American Cancer Society’s Health Care Professionals Council. Dr. Oktay played a key role in assuring that this funding stream remained viable for oncology social work and MSW interns, many of whom were trained by AOSW members.

 Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, MA, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-C, FNAP, FAOSW’s career is dedicated to enhancing excellence in the delivery of contextualized care to address the symptoms and stress of serious illness. She is a California HealthCare Foundation Leadership Fellow, serves on several editorial and professional boards, and is a Distinguished Social Work Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice. Shirley was among the first to receive an international, interprofessional Master of Arts in Health  Research ~ Palliative Care from Lancaster University in Great Britain and is co-editor (with Terry Altilio) of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work.

2019 AOSW Fellows

Congratulations to the 2019 cohort of AOSW Fellows:
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  Christina Bach, MBE, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, FAOSW Dr. Cecilia L.W. Chan, PhD, RSW, FAOSW, JP   Richard Dickens, LCSW-R, FAOSW  
     
  Tara Schapmire, PhD, CSW, CCM, OSW-C, FAOSW Kathy Smolinski, MSW, JD, FAOSW   Brad Zebrack, PhD, MSW, MPH, FAOSW  











2018 AOSW Fellows

The inaugural cohort of 2018 AOSW Fellows is comprised of past presidents of AOSW.  View bios > > >
 
             
                 
Catherine Credeur,
LMSW, OSW-C, FAOSW
  Alison Mayer Sachs,
MSW, OSW-C, FAOSW
  Penny Damaskos,
PhD, LCSW, OSW-C, FAOSW
  Iris Cohen Fineberg,
PhD, MSW, ACSW, OSW-C, FAOSW
             
     
Krista Nelson,
MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, FAOSW
  Ann Fairchild,
LCSW, FAOSW
  Lisa Marquette Porat,
MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, FAOSW
  Carolyn Messner, PhD,
DSW, BCD, ACSW, LCSW. FAOSW
             
     
Kimberly Lawson,
MSW, LCSW, DSW(C), FAOSW
  Katherine Walsh,
PhD, MSW,  LICSW (MA), FAOSW
  Karlynn BrintzenhofeSzoc,
PhD, MSW, FAOSW
  Virginia Vaitones,
MSW, OSW-C, FAOSW
             
     
Carol P. Marcusen,
MSW, LCSW, BCD, FAOSW
  Joyce Herschl,
MSW, FAOSW
  Marie M. Lauria,
MSW, LCSW, FAOSW
  Susan Hedlund,
MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, FAOSW
             
     
Susan M. Stensland,
LCSW, FAOSW
  Matthew Loscalzo,
MSW, LCSW, FAOSW
  Victoria N. Kennedy,
LCSW, FAOSW
  Hester Hill Schnipper,
LICSW, OSW-C, FAOSW
             
       
James Zabora,
MSW, ScD, FAOSW
  Naomi Stearns,
MSW, BCD (retired), FAOSW
  Grace Christ,
DSW, PhD, FAOSW