The Carol LaMare Scholars Program supports education and research efforts in oncology social work and palliative care for people with cancer and other life-threatening conditions. In the last decade, the program has become a national model for classroom innovation in the field of oncology medical social work.

The program features a robust network of field education placements with local hospice, palliative care and cancer care centers—as well as research opportunities for affiliated scholars. A unique learning component is the yearlong clinical seminar, which provides intensive mentoring for MSW students through case discussion, expert presentations and self-reflective practices. Carol LaMare Associate Professor Taryn Lindhorstdirects the program, and J’May Rivarais the co-director. 

The Carol LaMare Program was created in 2005 through the generous and sustained support of Howard and Lynn Behar,a distinguished School alumna and a social work scholar in her own right. The program was named in honor of Lynn's mother, an elementary school teacher and a passionate advocate of lifelong learning who died of cancer in 2005.

To find out more about the Carol LaMare Scholars Program, its academic offerings, field education placements and student financial support, contact Taryn Lindhorst