Jennifer Currin-McCulloch, LMSW, OSW-C, is a Ph.D. student at The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social Work and a doctoral fellow in the Institute for Collaborative Health Research and Practice. She attended North Carolina State University, where she obtained an undergraduate degree in psychology. Jennifer then went to The University of Georgia, where she earned her masters in social work with an emphasis on adults and aging. She comes to the university with twenty years of clinical experience as a certified oncology social worker. Her practice focused on the relationship between health and mental health in those who have cancer and their families.
Through her oncology career, she developed a specialization in palliative care, integrative therapies, program development, interprofessional communication, grant writing, and research design and implementation. As manager of oncology support services, her research focused on enhancing quality of life for those with cancer who were newly diagnosed, adjusting to life after treatment, and those with advanced cancers at the end-of-life. She has presented at national conferences on oncology program development, intimacy, palliative care, and integrative therapies. She has also published articles on the impact of integrative therapies in symptom management for those with cancer and palliative care’s role in the public health setting.
Jennifer’s research, based on practice experience, will focus on the impact of advanced cancer on an individual’s identity. She will study positive psychology and approaches to finding hope amidst reality at the end-of-life and identify age-specific coping needs for young and middle-aged adults with advanced cancers. She hopes to work at a large research-focused university or research-based organization with interdisciplinary collaborators to study the psychosocial needs of those with cancer on a larger scale.
Psychosocial oncology; End-of-life communication; Goal setting; Physical and psychospiritual factors that influence perception of hope; Death and dying in middle-aged individuals; Interprofessional delivery of palliative care.
- MSW, University of Georgia
Mailing AddressThe University of Texas
School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78712-0358