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Debra K. Mattison

Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work

Debra K. Mattison
Debra K. Mattison, MSW '81, focuses on medical social work with extensive experience providing clinical social work services as well as program planning in a variety of settings including cancer care, palliative care and integrated primary care. She has special interests in healthcare, chronic illness, grief and loss, interprofessional education and spirituality in social work practice. She is a Board Certified Oncology Social Worker.

Mattison has received awards for her leadership and clinical practice, including Social Worker of the Year from the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Research Interests/Focus

Medical social work including planning in a variety of settings (cancer care, palliative care and integrated primary care), healthcare, chronic illness, grief and loss, interprofessional education and spirituality

Education

Year Degree   School
1981 MSW Social Work University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1979 BA University of Indiana, South Bend

Sweet, B, Madea, A., Fitzgerald, M., House, J., Pardee, M., Zebrack, B., Sweier, D., Hornyak, J., Arslanian-Engoren, C., Mattison, D., Dubin, L., Stojan, J., & Mueller, B. (2017). Moving from individual roles to functional teams: A semester-long course in case-based decision making. Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice, 7, 11-16.

Mattison, D., Weaver, A., Zebrack, B., Fischer, D., & Dubin L. (2017). Educating social workers for practice in integrated health care: A model implemented within a graduate social work program. Journal of Social Work Education, 53, S72-S86.

Mattison, D. (2015). Professional resilience: Sustaining a career over the years. Handbook of Oncology Social Work: Psychosocial Care of the Patient with Cancer. New York: Oxford Press.

Vaitones, G., Schutte, J. & Mattison, D. (2015). The development of core competencies for the OSW-C: Certification for oncology social workers. Handbook of Oncology Social Work: Psychosocial Care of the Patient with Cancer. New York: Oxford Press.

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