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Debra K. Mattison

Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work

Debra K. Mattison

Debra K. Mattison, MSW '81, has extensive experience in providing clinical social work services as well as program planning in a variety of settings including cancer care, palliative care and integrated primary care, and private practice. Her professional interests have focused on oncology, chronic illness, grief and loss, palliative care, women’s health, interprofessional education, group work and spirituality in social work practice. She is a board certified oncology social worker and an Association of Oncology Social Work Fellow. Her published articles cover a variety of areas including professional standards and ethics, professional resilience, spirituality in social work practice and interprofessional education.

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

Contact Information

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

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