Nellie Garcia, director of clinical social work, City of Hope

Nellie Garcia, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., M.S.G.

  • Director of Clinical Social Work, Department of Supportive Care Medicine

Nellie Garcia, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., M.S.G.

Other Languages Spoken
  • Spanish
Nellie Garcia is the director of Clinical Social Work in the Department of Supportive Care Medicine. She has been in the field of medical social work for over 35 years and has extensive experience working with individuals and families facing illness. She came to City of Hope in 1983 and has served as the director of Clinical Social Work since 1985. Her clinical expertise includes clinical supervision, geriatrics, program development and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

Garcia received her undergraduate degree in 1979 from Pepperdine University, where she majored in psychology. She then went on to earn her a dual master’s degree in social work and gerontology in 1983 from University of Southern California. She has been a licensed clinical social worker since 1990. She is an advanced certified social worker in hospice and palliative care.

Garcia currently serves as the co-chair of the Bioethics Committee, and is a member of the Clinical Cancer Committee, Institutional Review Board and the CALS Survey Committee. She has participated in a number of research projects over the years, including quality of life in breast cancer. Her work has been published in numerous journals including Cancer Practice, Cancer Nursing, Oncology Nursing Forum and Psycho-Oncology. She has presented her work on a career ladder for oncology social workers at the annual conference for The Association of Oncology Social Worker. She is also a member of a number of professional organizations, including Association of Oncology Social Work, Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care, and the National Council on Hospice & Palliative Professionals.
  • 1985-present, Director of Clinical Social Work, Department of Supportive Care Medicine, City of Hope
  • 2000-2003, Director of Pastoral Care Department, City of Hope
  • 2000-2004, Director of Positive Image Center, City of Hoe
  • 1984-1995, Executive Director, Healthways Resource Center
  • 1983-1984, Medical Social Worker, Department of Social Work, City of Hope

Degrees

  • Master of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, CA
  • Association of Onoclogy Social Work
  • Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare
  • National Council on Hospice & Palliative Professionals
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
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