Caitlin Cassady, LMSW, LCSW

Caitlin Cassady, LMSW, LCSW

PhD Candidate

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Caitlin Cassady, LMSW, LCSW

Middle name



Cassady graduated from Wayne State Universities advance standing MSW program in 2008. She went on to practice hospice social work in California and Oregon before returning to Michigan in 2011, when she shifted to emergency then intensive care medical social work at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit. Upon returning to Michigan, Cassady also revisited her alma mater to begin working on a graduate certificate in Social Welfare Research and Evaluation.

Before leaving the Detroit Medical Center in 2013, Cassady gained experience practicing oncology social work with both urban and rural populations. Cassady left hospice in 2015 to join Wayne State's joint PhD program in Social Work and Anthropology (SWAN) full time. 

Degrees and Certifications

  • MSW, Wayne State University
  • BSW, Wayne State University
  • LMSW, State of Michigan
  • LCSW, State of Oregon (inactive status)


Awards and Honors

2016-2019 Pre-Doctoral Training Program, Institute of Gerontology
2018 Third Place Poster, Wayne State Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium
2016 First Place Poster, Wayne State Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium
2016 Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work Pre-Dissertation Training Initiative
2015-2016 Thomas C. Rumble Graduate Fellowship, Wayne State University


Teaching Interests

  • Medical anthropology
  • Public health/global health
  • Social work research
  • Gerontology/end of life

Areas of Expertise

  • Medical social work
  • Hospice social work
  • Qualitative Research
  • Death and dying



Recent Publications

Sankar, A., & Cassady C.M. (Accepted for publication) Dying at Home. (New and revised edition). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Press

Hopp, F. P., Cassady, CM, Ajrouch, K. J., Talab, A. M., & Mendez, J. (2019). Planning for Older Adult Day Programs in an Arab American Community: Perceptions From Older Adults, Caregivers, and Professional Providers. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 0733464818825404.

Gonzalez-Prendes, A.A., Resko, S., & Cassady, C.M. (2019) Cognitive-Behavioral Theory. In S. Ringel, J.R. Brandell (Eds.) Trauma: Contemporary Directions in Theory, Research and Practice (2nd ed., pp. 20-66). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Gonzalez-Prendes, A.A. & Cassady, C.M. (2019) Cognitive-behavioural theory in social work practice. E.R. Hall and M. Payne (Eds.) Handbook of Social Work Theory (chapter 16) New York, NY: Routledge.


Research Interests

  • Medical aid in dying
  • Hospice and end-of-life care
  • Bioethics
  • Public health
  • Adult day programs


Research Project

Medical Aid in Dying: Physician Beliefs, Practices, and Respect for Autonomy


  • 2021-2023 King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship
  • 2022 Wayne State University Graduate School Summer Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2021 The Provost's Social & Behavioral Determinants of Health Research Stimulus Program


Rucșineanu, O., Stillo, J., Cassady, CM, Andrieş, G. (2018) The Impact Of Long-Term Hospitalisation On People With Tuberculosis. Bălţi, Moldova. Available at

Cassady, C.M. (2018) [Book review] Suicide and agency:
Anthropological perspectives on self-destruction, personhood, and power by L. Broz and D. Münster. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (24) 406-407.

Cassady, C.M. (2016) Exploring and Articulating a Critical Suicidology: Conference report on Suicidology’s Cultural Turn, and Beyond. Medicine Anthropology Theory.



Courses taught by Caitlin Cassady, LMSW, LCSW

Fall Term 2024 (future)

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