Taryn Lindhorst will be the new director of the School’s doctoral program. She replaces dean emeritus and distinguished social work scholar Nancy Hooyman who retires in June

“While we will miss Nancy’s leadership and all that she brought to the position, we can also celebrate our immense good fortune that Taryn has agreed to assume this position,” said Tessa Evans-Campbell, associate dean of academic affairs. “Taryn brings enormous substantive expertise and educational leadership experience. She is an award-winning scholar and educator who has taught doctoral courses, been a leader in doctoral curriculum development, and served as an outstanding mentor for many of our doctoral students.”

Along with her role as director of the doctoral program, Taryn is also the inaugural director of the UW Center for Integrative Oncology and Palliative Care Social Work. The center—the first of its kind in the nation—focuses on training the next generation of social work leaders and researchers in oncology and palliative care social work. It is the first program at the School to provide ongoing fellowship support for doctoral students.

Taryn’s research focuses on gender, health and policy implementation. She has won several prestigious national awards, and was ranked one of the top 25 female scholars in social work in the country. She is a recipient of the UW Distinguished Teaching Award and a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.