Laura Moynihan, LICSW, OSW-C, APHSW-C
Laura Moynihan, LICSW, OSW-C, APHSW-C is a PhD student whose current research interests are centered within the psychosocial dimensions of pediatric oncology and palliative care. She specifically seeks to investigate factors that impact decision-making for adolescents and young adults with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses. This interest evolved from her clinical work and she ultimately hopes to use this research to inform clinical intervention. Both her clinical work and research aim to examine the healthcare system and how systemic structure, privilege, racism, and biases contribute to healthcare inequities.
Laura earned from BA in Public Health from Brown University and her MSW degree with a focus on integrated medical and behavioral health care from the University of Michigan. After graduation she worked briefly as a Clinical Social Worker in Adult and Pediatric Nephrology before transitioning to her current role in Pediatric Oncology. As a medical social worker, she has the opportunity to work on interdisciplinary medical teams and hopes to bring more focus to psychosocial care within medical education as well.
University of Michigan
Pediatric palliative care
End of life care and communication
Clinical interventions for people with life-limiting illness
Adolescents and young adults (AYA)