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Research Committee

AOSW Research Committee
The Research Committee is made up of five to seven experienced oncology social work researchers.  The committee provides opportunities for networking as well as conducting psychosocial oncology research. The committee works to improve the link between oncology social work practice and research.  The primary goal of the Research Committee is to assure that social work research in oncology serves the interest of patients and families dealing with cancer and remains relevant to the field. Research Committee meetings serve to enhance communication and coordination for opportunities to communicate research methods, projects and results to AOSW members (e.g. website, Navigator articles, conference presentations and webinars).The Research Committee also reviews research proposals from members and others who wish to use the SWON listserv to conduct research.  In 2016, the Research Committee organized a "Post Conference Research Institute" for researchers and practitioners interested in research in oncology social work.  Researchers who are interested conducting such research or in participating in the Research Committee should contact the Research Director: Sophia Smith, PhD, at
Accomplishments:  In 2016, the Research Committee secured funding for a PCRC and will be developing a Practice-Based Research Collaborative in psychosocial oncology to facilitate research.  Also, in  2016, the Research Committee held the first Research Institute, following the AOSW annual conference.  A “White Paper” on the Research Institute is available here. In 2003, members of the Research Committee also authored "A Social Work Guide to Conducting Research in Psychosocial Oncology" a step-by-step guide for AOSW members involved in and/or motivated to conduct research in their practice settings.

At the 2017 AOSW Conference, the Research Committee presented a Learning Institute on Using Research to Inform Practice: A Skill-Building Workshop.  

AOSW Research Director and Committee Chair
Sophia Smith, PhD, MSW

Best Practices

American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS), Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW), and Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Joint Position Statement on Implementing Screening for Distress