Meredith Doherty, PhD, LCSW

Meredith Doherty, PhD, LCSW

  • Assistant Professor

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, D-7
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.573.1169

Research Interests

Financial burden of serious illness

Cancer disparities

Access to healthcare

Healthcare-based social needs interventions

Palliative care and oncology social work

Dissemination and implementation science

Dr. Doherty conducts mixed-method, community-engaged research to understand the relationship between economic security and health. She examines the process through which medical financial hardship accelerates existing racial and ethnic health disparities. Dr. Doherty received her MSW from the Silver School of Social Work at New York University, her PhD in Social Welfare from the CUNY Graduate Center, and was Co-Chief Research Fellow in Psycho-Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Doherty draws upon her clinical experience as a palliative care social worker in safety-net community hospitals to develop, implement and evaluate healthcare-based social needs interventions that target downstream social determinants of health in medically underserved populations. As an implementation scientist, she seeks to understand the role of community and organizational leaders in the delivery of evidence-based strategies to promote healthcare access and reduce cancer health disparities.

Dr. Doherty is faculty at the Center for Guaranteed Income Research at SP2 and is lead investigator of the Guaranteed Income and Financial Treatment Trial (G.I.F.T.T.), the first randomized control trial of guaranteed income in the U.S. to focus on alleviating financial hardship in families facing cancer. The program will provide over 2,500 low-income Philadelphia cancer patients and their families with financial navigation and direct cash assistance and assess their impact on key clinical outcomes. At SP2, Dr. Doherty teaches courses in health policy and social work/nonprofit leadership.


Doherty, M., Thom, B., & Gany, F. (In Press) Oncology financial navigation: A scoping review. Cancer Biomarkers, Prevention, and Epidemiology.

Doherty, M., Gardner, D., & Finik, J. (2021). The financial coping strategies of U.S. cancer patients and survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer.

Doherty, M., Finik, J., & Blinder, V. (In Press). Employment status and cost-related nonadherence in cancer survivors. Journal of Oncology Practice.

Doherty, M., Bond, L., Jessel, L., Tennille, J. & Stanhope, V. (2019). Transitioning to Person-Centered Care: A qualitative study of provider perspectives. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research.

Gardner, D. S., Doherty, M., Ghesquiere, A., Villanueva, C., Kenien, C., Callahan, J., & Reid, M. C. (2018). Palliative care for case managers: building capacity to extend community-based palliative care to underserved older adults. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 1-16. DOI: 10.1080/02701960.2018.1544129

Gardner, D. S., Doherty, M., Bates, G., Koplow, A., & Johnson, S. (2018). Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Palliative Care: A Systematic Scoping Review. Families in Society, 99(4), 301-316. DOI: 10.1177/1044389418809083

Doherty, M., Sonet-Miller, E., Gardner, D., & Epstein, I. (2018). Exploring the role of psychosocial care in value-based oncology: Findings from a national survey of cancer patients and survivors. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology. 1-16. DOI:10.1080/07347332.2018.1504851.

Matthews, E. B., Stanhope, V., Choy-Brown, M., & Doherty, M. (2018). Do providers know what they do not know? A correlational study of knowledge acquisition and person-centered care. Community mental health journal, 54(4), 514-520. DOI: 10.1007/s10597-017-0216-6.

Stanhope, V., Heyman, J. C., Amarante, J., & Doherty, M. (2018). Integrated behavioral health care. Health and Social Work: Practice, Policy, and Research. DOI:10.1891/9780826141644.0007.

Doherty, M. (2018). Book Review: LGBTQ Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care, A practical guide to transforming professional practice. Journal of Teaching in Social Work. 38(4). DOI: 10.1080/08841233.2018.1489657.

Doherty, M. (2018). Long-term care policy. In Capezuti, Malone, Gardner, Khan & Baumann (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Elder Care: The comprehensive resource on geriatric and social care, 4th Edition. Springer Publishing Company. DOI:10.7748/ns.28.39.32.s33.

Stanhope, V. & Doherty, M. (2017). The patient protection and affordable care act of 2010. In Stanhope, V. & Straussner, S. L. (Eds), Social Work and Integrated Health Care: From policy to practice and back. New York: Oxford Press.

Doherty, M., Johnston, T., Meyer, H., Wayland, S., Giunta, N. (2016). Training a culturally sensitive aging network: the national resource center on LGBT aging. Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging, 40(2), 78-79.

Gardner, D., Gerbino, S., Walls, J., Chachkes, E., Doherty, M. (2015). Mentoring the next generation of social workers in palliative and end-of-life care: The Zelda Foster studies program. Journal of Social Work in Palliative and End-of-Life Care, 11(2), 107-113. DOI: 10.1080/15524256.2015.1074142.

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