Shirley is Clinical Director for the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and the founder of Collaborative Caring. Shirley’s education, research and consultation efforts focus on quality-of-life, palliative care, leadership development and the creation of meaningful organizational change. Shirley’s career is dedicated to enhancing excellence in the delivery of culturally-congruent, person-centered and family-focused interprofessional care through the implementation of effective learning principles.
Shirley has been the Principal Investigator on studies with over $3.3 million in external funding. This work has been recognized with numerous awards and disseminated through more than 100 publications and 400 professional presentations. She is a California Health Care Leadership Fellow, serves on several editorial and professional boards and is a Distinguished Social Work Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice. Shirley is among the first to receive an international, interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Health Research ~ Palliative Care from Lancaster University in Great Britain and is co-editor of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work.
Topics: Advance care planning; Bereavement; Caregiver Support; Compassion Fatigue; Cultural Congruency in Care; End of Life Care; Hospice Care; Oncology Professional Burnout; Pain & Palliative Care; Psychosocial Care Practice; Sexuality & Intimacy; Social Work Practice; Spirituality; and Stress Management.