On behalf of the SWHPN Board and Awards Committee, we are pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s PDIA Career Achievement Awards, SWHPN Awards of Excellence, and SWHPN Emerging Leader Award! Join us in congratulating the Awardees and celebrating our collective achievements in Palliative Social Work!
These distinguished colleagues will be accepting their awards at the 2nd annual SWHPN General Assembly, to be held March 10-11, 2014 in San Diego. The two PDIA Awards will also be presented at the AAHPM Awards Breakfast on March 13th. There is still time to register!
Daniel S. Gardner, PhD,
LCSW Chair, SWHPN Awards Committee
Associate Professor, Silberman School of Social Work
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PDIA Career Achievement Award
Iris Cohen Fineberg, PhD, MSW, OSW-C
Iris Cohen Fineberg has dedicated her career to advancing oncology social work, palliative social work, and social work education. She is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare.
A life-long leader in our field, she is currently President of the Association of Oncology Social Work. Dr. Fineberg has taught social work and sociology to medical students, as well as health professionals from numerous disciplines.
She has worked at length in clinical and research ethics, serving on hospital ethics services and chairing the Institutional Review Board at the School of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University, England.
Dr. Fineberg directed an intensive International Palliative Care Research summer program for health care and community organization professionals from over 20 countries and 12 disciplines. She co-led the Masters in Hospice Leadership and the Masters in Health Research specializing in palliative care and helped design the first PhD in Palliative Care. Her research interests focus on palliative and end of life care, with specific attention to interdisciplinary education and practice, advance care planning, and family conferencing.
PDIA Career Achievement Award
Susan Gerbino, PhD, LCSW
Susan Gerbino, PhD, LCSW, Clinical Associate Professor at the New York University Silver School of Social Work, has dedicated her career for over three decades to professional practice, teaching, training, mentoring, and leadership development for social workers who practice with individuals with life-threatening illnesses and the bereaved.
Dr. Gerbino is an outstanding teacher, has held many leadership roles, and has received numerous grants for her palliative care initiatives. She is the founder and director of the Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care, named for the pioneering hospice and palliative care social work leader. The program’s mission is to educate and mentor the next generation of social workers in palliative and end-of-life care.
She has contributed greatly to social work practice in palliative and end-of-life care, working diligently to build nationally recognized MSW and Leadership Fellowship programs, while actively contributing to scholarship in this specialty area. Her professional accolades include: Social Worker of the Year (2005), NYS Chapter of NASW; Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice; Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and the Education Issues and Training Award at the 6th Annual International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health.
SWHPN Award of Excellence
in Psychosocial Research and Professional Education
Taryn Lindhorst PhD, MSW
Taryn Lindhorst is Associate Professor at the University of Washington, School of Social Work in Seattle, WA, and holds the Carol LaMare Term Professorship in Health Practice.
She is also a member of the Leadership Team of the University of Washington Palliative Care Center of Excellence, and a member scholar of the International Institute for qualitative Methodology, University of Alberta, Canada, documenting her research expertise in this area.
Dr. Lindhorst has devoted her career to advancing training and education in the field of palliative social work, has focused her scholarship on strengthening the knowledge base in palliative care, and has built an infrastructure of support and collaborative partnerships that will continue to benefit social work graduates in the field of palliative care for years to come.
SWHPN Emerging Leader in Professional Practice and Education Award
Christine Wilkins, PhD, LCSW
Christine Wilkins, Ph.D, LCSW is a Social Work Supervisor in Palliative Care at New York University Langone Medical Center. Her responsibilities include policy and program development, and hospital-wide education on palliative and end of life care.
She is also Adjunct Professor at NYU Silver School of Social Work. She received a Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work from NYU after undergraduate social work studies at the University of Malta, and an MSW from the University of Toronto.
She completed the End of Life Certificate Program at Smith College, and is currently enrolled in the NYU Zelda Foster Palliative Care Social Work Leadership Program. She is member-at-large on the NASW-NYC Chapter and the International Association for Social Work with Groups board of directors.