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Cathy Berkman


Director, Palliative Care Fellowship
Phone: 212-636-6662
Office: Lincoln Center 704A


BS, University of Vermont
MSW, Boston University
PhD, Yale University

Research Interests

Palliative and end-of-life care
Physical and mental health of older adults
Cross-cultural research


Cathy Berkman is an Associate Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, and is Director of the Palliative Care Fellowship. She received a BS from University of Vermont (social welfare, sociology and anthropology), an MSW from Boston University (community organization and research) and a PhD from Yale University, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (psychosocial epidemiology, chronic disease epidemiology, and aging). She was an NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Columbia University School of Public Health, Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program and Research Associate at the Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology. Dr. Berkman has served as PI and Co-PI on a wide range of research studies in physical and mental health and aging, including large epidemiologic studies and intervention studies in inpatient and outpatient settings. For the last twenty years Dr. Berkman’s primary interests have been in palliative and end-of-life care, including preferences for treatment and communication with health care providers and family, knowledge and attitudes about advance directives, and examining the role of culture. Her current research includes an examination of these issues comparing Korean American, Korean, and Chinese American older adults.

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

Foundation Research I and II (MSW Program)
Advanced Research I and II (MSW Program)
Observational Research Methods (PhD Program)
Statistics I (PhD Program)
Data Management and Analysis (PhD Program)

Course Developer:
Palliative Social Work(MSW Program)

Selected Publications

Marmo, S., & Berkman, C. (2018). Social workers’ perceptions of job satisfaction, interdisciplinary collaboration and organizational leadership. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care.

Berkman, C., Stein, G. L., & Glajchen, M. (2017). Palliative and end-of-life care. In J. C. Heyman & E. Congress (Eds.), Health Care and Social Work: Practice, Policy and Research: Springer.

Berkman, C., & Stein, G.L. (2017). Palliative and end-of-life care in the masters of social work curriculum. Palliative and Supportive Care, 1(9). doi:10.1017/S147895151700013X

Mazzella, A., & Berkman, C. (2013). Renal disease and nonadherence to hemodialysis: evaluation of a psychodynamic intervention. Journal of Nephrology Social Work, 37 (Winter), 19-26.

Ko, E., & Berkman, C. S. (2012). Advance directives among Korean American older adults: knowledge, attitudes, and behavior. J Gerontol Soc Work, 55(6), 484-502. doi: 10.1080/01634372.2012.667523

Vitale, C. A., Berkman, C. S., Monteleoni, C., & Ahronheim, J. C. (2011). Tube feeding in patients with advanced dementia: knowledge and practice of speech-language pathologists. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 42(3), 366-378. doi: 0.1016/j.jpainsymman.2010.11.017

Ko, E., & Berkman, C. S. (2010). Role of children in end-of-life treatment planning among Korean American older adults. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, 6(3-4), 164 - 184. doi: 10.1080/15524256.2010.529019

Berkman, C. S., & Ko, E. (2010). What and when Korean American older adults want to know about serious illness. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 28(3), 244-259.

Kealey, E., & Berkman, C. (2010). The relationship between health information sources and mental models of cancer: findings from the 2005 Health Information National Trends Survey. Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives, 15(1 supp 3), 236 - 251. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2010.522693

Selected Community and Professional Service

BOARD MEMBER, Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network, 2016 – present

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER, National Consensus Project to Establish Core Competencies and an Educational Curriculum for Generalist-Level Palliative Social Work, 2016 - present

CONVENER, Hospice, Palliative, End-of-Life Care Interest Group, Gerontological Society of America (GSA), 2015 - present

EDITORIAL BOARD, Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, 2016 - present



Fellow, Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine
Fellow, Brookdale Center on Aging
NIMH Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Yale University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Columbia University, School of Public Health, Psychiatric Epidemiology Program