With more than fifteen years in the field of oncology social work, Ashley Varner brings considerable experience and expertise in addressing the needs of cancer survivors and co-survivors. She is sought nationally to educate both lay and professional communities. Currently she is the recipient of an American Cancer Society Doctoral Grant, studying the role of evidence-based programs in helping family members who have a loved one with cancer. She works in the breast center at Anne Arundel Medical Center. Previously she served as Senior Director, Caregiving Programs for the Cancer Support Community and senior clinical oncology social worker with the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. Her professional expertise includes the study of the experience of those with a loved one diagnosed with cancer, mitigating the personal financial impact of cancer, as well as the use of spirituality and religion as ways to cope with cancer. She has been awarded the Neuro-Oncology Social Worker of the Year Award by the National Brain Tumor Society and the Stegman Memorial Award by the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business.
Topics: Caregiver Support, Clinical Assessments, Compassion Fatigue, Coping Techniques, End of Life Care, Late Term Side Effects, Mind Body Relaxation Techniques (MBRT), Oncology Professional Burn out, Pain & Palliative Care, Psychosocial Care Practice, Social Work Practice, Stress Management, and Survivorship Care Planning