The Catholic University of America

April 8, 2009

Dean to Receive Social Work Leadership Award

James Zabora

James Zabora, Sc.D., dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service, is the recipient of the 2009 Ida M. Cannon Award from the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care.

Named for a pioneer in medical social work, the Ida M. Cannon Award recognizes the contributions of a national leader in social work in health care. Recipients of the annual award are honored for their ability to evaluate the effectiveness of social work practices, influence health care to meet the needs of patients and families and develop the management and leadership skills of others.

"I believe that this award not only recognizes my contributions, but also those of the outstanding colleagues that I have had over the past 30 years," Zabora said. "Also, this award confirms that our innovative ideas and programs have made a true difference in how social work services have been delivered to patients and families across the U.S."

Zabora will receive the award April 22 at the society's annual meeting and conference in New Orleans.
As chair of the society's Evidence-Based Practice Committee, Zabora will lead two workshops during the conference. He also will lead an interactive poster presentation, "Evidence-Based Practice 101: A Primer for Health Care Social Workers."

A frequent keynote speaker at health care conferences, Zabora is the editor of the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology. He has written extensively on his areas of research - cancer prevention and control, psychosocial screening, problem-solving education and quality of life among cancer patients and their families.

The Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care is a 1,300-member advocacy and education association based in Philadelphia.