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Meet Our Keynote Speakers

AOSW is proud to have presented some of the leaders in Oncology Social Work during the 2022 Annual Conference. Read more about them below.

Opening Keynote Speaker

Wednesday, June 15
Karen Bullock, PhD

North Carolina State University
Professor and Department Head
School of Social Work

Karen Bullock, Ph.D. is Professor and Head of the School of Social Work at North Carolina State University, in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She earned a Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Work from Boston University, a Master’s degree (M.S.) in Social Work, from Columbia University in New York City, and a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from North Carolina State University. Dr. Bullock’s research and practice are focused on care for persons with cancer and other serious illnesses.

With more than 25 years of clinical practice experience in mental health and aging, expertise in health care disparities, clinical assessments, psychoeducation and clinical interventions, Dr. Bullock consults and serves as a Steering Committee member of the Duke University Center for Research to Advance Health Equity (REACH) as Affiliate Faculty for the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) at the University of Connecticut and is a member of the Association of Palliative & Hospice Care Social Workers Certification (APHSW-C) Board, which ensures the public that certified practitioners have the knowledge and skills to provide safe, high-quality care at an advanced level. She is a John A. Hartford Faculty Scholar and serves on various national boards and committees, including the Social Work National Deans And Directors (NADD) Executive Board as Treasurer; and Dr. Bullock is a Project on Death in America Faculty Scholar, funded by the SORORS Foundation. She is the Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) Chair-elect; and is the immediate past Chair of the American

AOSW Quality of Life Awards Ceremony & Lecture Speaker Elizabeth Franklin, PhD, MSW

Thursday, June 16
Elizabeth Franklin, PhD, MSW
Head, US Public Affairs and Patient Advocacy, Oncology

Elizabeth Franklin, PhD, MSW, is an advocate for people impacted by cancer and is passionate about ensuring that patient voices are the north star in health care decision and policy making. Elizabeth has spent two decades as an oncology advocacy leader and has significant expertise in professional social work, research, and public policy. She currently serves as Head, U.S. Public Affairs and Patient Advocacy, Oncology with Sanofi. Elizabeth previously held positions as President of the Cancer Support Community (CSC), as well as the George Washington University Cancer Institute, Prevent Cancer Foundation, and National Association of Social Workers. She earned a doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky.

Closing Keynote Panel

Making the Case: Advocating for Oncology Social Work Services

Friday, June 17

  • Krista Nelson
  • Jennifer Bires
  • Courtney BItz
  • Shirley Otis-Green
  • Brad Zebrack
  • Barbara Jones
  • Vicki Kennedy
Making the Case: Advocating for Oncology Social Work Services