Elizabeth Rohan, PhD, MSW, LCSW

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Elizabeth Rohan is a health scientist in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She graduated summa cum laude from Boston College in 1989 with a degree of sociology and earned her master of social work in Boston College’s accelerated program a year later. She then began a career in clinical oncology social work, counseling cancer patients and their families, first at the Massachusetts General Hospital (1990 to 1995) and later (1995 to 2002) at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, both designated Centers for Excellence in Oncology by the National Cancer Institute. She found her work with cancer patients extraordinarily rewarding and developed a research interest in the multidisciplinary oncology health care team. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Rohan has experience teaching social work courses at Boston University and sociology courses at Boston College (1999 to 2002) and was ranked third among Boston College faculty by online student evaluations one semester. Dr. Rohan moved to the Atlanta area in 2003 and completed a joint doctorate of sociology and social work from Boston University in 2005. Soonthereafter, she worked at a small private practice in Atlanta, providing supervision for master’s level social workers seeking licensure. In 2009, Dr. Rohan published a book, Laboring at the Edge: Effects of Repeated Exposure to Death and Dying on Oncology Doctors, Nurses, and Social Workers, a result of her dissertation work on the multidisciplinary oncology health care team. Since August 2009, Dr. Rohan has been translating her clinical knowledge into public health practice in DCPC as a health scientist on the Scientific Support and Clinical Translation Team in the Comprehensive Cancer Control Branch. She is the lead of the Division’s Community Health Worker/Patient Navigation Workgroup and is an active member of CDC’s Community Health Worker Workgroup. Dr. Rohan is involved in many cancer-related health services research and evaluation projects, with a particular focus on patient navigation/community health workers and cancer survivorship. As well, Dr. Rohan is an adjunct instructor of Sociology at Oglethorpe University.