Dr. Tara Schapmire
Affiliated Associate Professor
Cancer care the includes palliative care provided by an interdisciplinary team best meets the whole person needs of ALL those affected by cancer.
Dr. Schapmire serves on the faculty of the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine and the Kent School of Social Work as a long time oncology and palliative care social worker. She is co-investigator on two Health Resources and Services Administration grants aimed at development of an interdisciplinary gerontology curriculum for learners in medicine, nursing, social work, dentistry, and pharmacy. She is also a co-investigator on a National Cancer Institute grant funding the development of training program for 160 health science educators to provide inter- professional education in oncology palliative care at 35-50 institutions across the nation. This project aims to help students of the health sciences at these institutions learn the skills and knowledge essential for providing effective team-based, patient- centered palliative oncology care. As a co-investigator on the $7.5 Million Kentucky LEADS Collaborative, she and her team are dedicated to reducing the burden of lung cancer in Kentucky and beyond through development, evaluation, and dissemination of novel, community-based interventions to promote provider education, survivorship care, and prevention and early detection.
Her past research includes a National Institutes of Health grant focused on development of an interdisciplinary oncology palliative care curriculum for schools of medicine, social work, nursing and chaplaincy residency programs and an American Cancer Society-funded study of emotional distress in older adults with cancer.