The Catholic University of America

Sept. 18, 2006

CUA Dean of Social Work to Receive National Oncology Award

Zabora Recognized for Cancer-Prevention Research and Distinguished Leadership

James Zabora

James Zabora, dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service at The Catholic University of America, has been selected by the American Psychosocial Oncology Society to be the recipient of the 2007 Holland Distinguished Leadership Award.

The Holland Award was established to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the field of psychosocial oncology. Zabora will be presented with his award at the APOS annual conference, to be held March 1-4, 2007, in Austin, Texas.

Zabora currently is the editor of the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology and from 2000 to 2002 served as co-director of the Baltimore City Cancer Plan, which he co-wrote. He was appointed dean of NCSSS following a 20-year academic and administrative career at The Johns Hopkins University, where he served as associate director of the university's Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research continues to focus on psychosocial screening, problem solving education and quality of life among cancer patients and their families. In 2002, Zabora and his research team won the annual Quality of Life Research Award from the American Cancer Society.

Zabora was selected this year by the international Psycho-Oncology Society to serve on its Scientific Committee, which was responsible for planning its annual conference. He also serves on the task force of the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care.

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Catholic University's National Catholic School of Social Service is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. NCSSS emphasizes the empowerment of vulnerable, oppressed and impoverished people and communities within the context of social justice. With six specialized research centers and a faculty linked to a global network of social workers, the school is recognized for graduates who provide leadership and service in public, private and corporate social service delivery and educational systems.


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