Derek Falk

Derek Falk

Derek Falk is a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work and doctoral fellow at the Institute for Collaborative Health Research and Practice studying health disparities among rural and border populations. His dissertation research, funded by the American Cancer Society, draws from an evaluation project of a breast and cervical cancer health education and patient navigation program reaching medically underserved areas across Texas.

Derek holds a position on the American Public Health Association’s Action Board, a transdisciplinary group tasked with advancing public health policy and advocacy through both national and local efforts. His social work clinical background includes positions at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In addition, he serves as a Critical Incident Stress Management counselor for Magellan Health and was a first responder to the Orlando Pulse shooting.

Derek is a member of the American Society of Preventative Oncology (ASPO), American Association of Cancer Education (AACE), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH), Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Professional Interests

Health Disparities, Psychosocial Oncology, Social Epidemiology, Program Evaluation, Health Policy, Transdisciplinary Practice and Research


  • MSW, Washington University, St. Louis
  • MA, University of Louisville
  • BA, University of Kentucky


Social Work Building (SSW)

Mailing Address

The University of Texas at Austin
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd
STOP D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358