Kathleen Nugent, MSW, LCSW

Senior Director of Regional Programs

Kathy is Senior Director of Regional Programs at CancerCare and oversees program development for our New Jersey and Connecticut locations. She has been with CancerCare for 40 years and is a member of the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW). Kathy has her LCSW in both New Jersey and New York.

Additional Training:

  • Clinical instructor for the Post-Masters End-of-Life Care Certificate Program at Smith College School of Social Work
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
  • Peer Leadership, New Jersey
  • Supervisory training at Rutgers University

Select presentations and publications:

  • “Doctor Can We Talk: Tips for Communicating With Your Healthcare Team,” Podcast for Cancer Survivorship Center, Amarillo, TX (December 2020)

  • “Happiness and Gratitude in Time of Need,” Virtual workshop for A Breathe of Hope Lung Foundation, MN (August 2020)

  • “Happiness and Gratitude: How to Foster Happiness and Gratitude In Palliative Care Work,” Palliative Care Annual Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC (May 2019)

  • “Coping with Fear of Recurrence: Finding Balance and Hope,” Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, NJ (June 2018)

  • “Come on Get Happy: The Secret to a Better Career and Life,“ Presenter on national webinar, ExecuNet (April 2017)

  • Interview, News Action WTNH-TV (ABC) Ann Nyberg. “Nyberg” – Intelligent Conversation. MealTrain program for breast cancer (Oct. 2014)

  • “The Patient and Family Perspective on Clinical Trials,” presenter, Princeton, NJ (Oct. 2013)

  • “Caring for the Caregiver,“ presenter, 16th Annual Conference for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, Washington, D. C. (July 2013)

  • “Tools for Caring for Yourself and Your Patients,“ presenter, Fort Lauderdale, FL (Jan. 2013)

  • ABC News interview with Dr. Jay Adlersberg on the Magnolia Meals at Home Program, a pilot meals delivery program for patients living with breast cancer and their family. (Sept. 2012)

  • “When a Family is Affected by Cancer: Strengthening the School’s and Community Response,” workshop presenter, The Richard Stockton College of NJ, Galloway, NJ (May 2012)

  • “Psychosocial Issues in Cancer,” lecturer, Passaic Community College, Passaic, NJ (Nov. 2011)

  • “Crisis Points of Cancer: Clinical Issues in Oncology Counseling,” workshop presentation, Frisco, Texas (Oct. 2011)

  • “Current Challenges in Breast Cancer Treatment: Psychosocial Implications of Breast Cancer,” speaker, Weehawken, NJ (Oct. 2011)

  • “Cancer and the Classroom: Helping Kids Cope with Illness and Loss,” lecturer, Radburn School, Fair Lawn, NJ (Feb. 2011)

  • “Crisis Points of Cancer: Clinical Issues in Oncology Counseling,” presenter, Florham Park, NJ (Fall 2010)

  • “Clinical Issues in Oncology Related Bereavement,” NASW, CancerCare and APOS present Counseling People with Cancer & Families: A Strength-Based Perspective, Omaha, NE (Fall 2006)

  • “Mondays With Kate: Storytelling as an Instrument of Hope,” AOSW Conference, Washington, DC (Spring 2004)

Kathy shares, “I am proud and humbled to be a social worker at CancerCare for so many years. Although I have an administrative role at this time, I continue to provide clinical support to patients and caregivers, which is the part of my job I cherish. Providing a safe space for clients to share their feelings and concerns around their cancer is so important and necessary. My clients have taught me to appreciate life each and every day, and to be grateful for family, friends and colleagues.”

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