Dr. Tara Schapmire

Affiliated Assistant Professor

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Dr. Tara Schapmire is an assistant professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, Palliative Care and Medical Education and is an affiliated faculty member at the Kent School of Social Work. She is involved in research and teaching for both schools.

For the Kent School, Dr. Schapmire has taught in the MSSW program and within the Psychosocial Oncology Specialization. She has taught classes for Kent since 2008, starting with Doctoral Preparation in the PhD program. Since then, she has taught Advanced Research Practice I & II, Advanced Practicum I & II, Advanced Social Work Practice II, Psychosocial Oncology I-Interpersonal Practice, Psychosocial Oncology Seminar I & II and Death & Grief.

As a long time oncology and palliative care social worker, Dr. Schapmire’s research interests include psycho-social care of cancer survivors and their families, gerontology, health disparities, caregiver issues, palliative care, survivorship and inter-professional education. 

She is a co-investigator on a National Cancer Institute grant funding the development of training program for 160 health science educators to provide interprofessional 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. She is co-investigator on a Health Resources and Services Administration grant aimed at development of an interdisciplinary gerontology curriculum for learners in medicine, nursing, social work, dentistry, and pharmacy.  Additionally, 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 regarding lung cancer.

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.

Dr. Schapmire is the 2018 president of the Association of Oncology Social Work and is currently the vice president of the American Clinical Social Work Association. She is a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow in the Social Work Academy of the National Academies of Practice and has received the AOSW/American Cancer Society Leadership in Oncology Social Work Award.  She also received the American Cancer Society’s C.A.R.E. Award recognizing an allied healthcare professional for their compassionate, affirming, respectful and empathetic service to the needs of cancer survivors and their families.