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Arden O'Donnell,

Social Work Interventionist


Arden O'Donnell, MPH, MSW, LICSW APHSW-C is a Palliative Social Worker and researcher getting her Ph.D. at Boston University. Arden’s commitment to Palliative Care in International Public Health working with HIV/AIDS patients in Zimbabwe and Lesotho. Her professional career in Social Work as a Pediatric Palliative Care (PACT) Fellow at Children's Hospital then became a member of the Dana Farber-Brigham and Women's Palliative Care Service. She ran a clinical trial "A Focused Palliative Care Intervention for Recently Hospitalized High-Risk Patients with Heart Failure " which assessed the impact of a standardized, social-worker-led, longitudinal palliative care intervention on the alignment of patient and physician understanding of prognosis and goals of care. Arden is involved in training interprofessional teams on Communication through the Serious Illness Conversation guide and is a Vital Talk-trained clinician. She is an adjunct professor at School for Social Work and Boston University. Arden is also personally dedicated to helping children who have experienced loss through founding the non-profit, Coalition for Courage and being a dedicated foster and adoptive parent.

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