Keynote Speakers

AOSW 2020 Virtual Meeting Keynote Speakers

AOSW is pleased to present these keynote speakers during the AOSW Virtual Meeting.

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Oncology Social Work: A Flight of Transcendence in New Era of Cancer Care

Vicki Kennedy, LCSW, FAOSW, FAPOS

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Vicki Kennedy is Executive Director, Oncology Strategy and Patient Engagement for Cullari Communications Global. Her extensive clinical and research experience with a focus in distress screening, shared decision-making, program development and survivorship provides a foundation for transformational strategies that address value, improved quality of life and
health outcomes. Previously, she served as Vice President of Program Development and Delivery for the Cancer Support Community. An oncology social worker for well over three decades, she is dedicated to ensuring that evidence-based psychosocial care is integral to the oncology eco-system. As Past-President of AOSW and Immediate Past-President of APOS, Vicki Kennedy was awarded AOSW’s Quality of Life in Cancer Award and recently inducted into AOSW and APOS Fellowship programs. A notable speaker and visionary, Vicki Kennedy is committed to inspiring psychosocial oncology professionals to be passionate leaders and change agents in cancer care.

Co-Existing with Cancer and COVID: Ramifications for Ethical, Clinical, and Anti-Racist Oncology Social Work Practice

Christina Bach, MSW, MBE, LCSW, OSW-C, FAOSW

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Bach-(1).jpgChristina Bach, MSW, is a clinical oncology social worker, bioethicist and social work educator. She is the psychosocial oncology content editor at She also serves as an instructor and field liaison at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice and as a Financial and Insurance Specialist for the Cancer Support Community Helpline. Christina has practiced in oncology for more than 20 years in inpatient and outpatient settings. She also works regularly with her two certified therapy dogs, Linus and Huck, in cancer treatment settings as well as in literacy programs at local libraries. She serves on the Board of Directors and as a therapy dog evaluator for Comfort Caring Canines, Inc. Christina also has experience in Veterinary Social Work and does consulting and teaching on the human-animal bond, pet loss and animal assisted interventions and therapy and animal ethics/welfare.

Closing Keynote: Connecting to Purpose

Krista Nelson, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, BCD, FAOSW

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Krista Nelson is an oncology social worker who received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, and her master of social work from Portland State University. She has been a part of the Providence Health & Services oncology since 1997 providing psychosocial care to those with cancer and their families. She has specialized in many cancers over the years and is interested in the effect of cancer on the family. Krista is a past President of the AOSW Board of Directors and past invited Director of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS). She has been a speaker at local and national conferences on issues of survivorship, palliative care, breast and lung cancer, distress screening and children who have a parent with cancer. In 2015, Krista was named as a finalist in the Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver of the year award and received and Innovation Award from the Association of Community Cancer Centers and was elected to their Board of Trustees in 2016.

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