Abigail Nathanson, DSW, LCSW, APHSW-C, ACS

Abigail Nathanson, DSW, LCSW, APHSW-C, ACS


  • Post-graduate Certificate, Clinical Supervision, New York University
  • Post-graduate Certificate, Palliative and End-of-Life Care, New York University
  • Advanced Palliative Hospice Social Worker – Certified (APHSW-C)
  • Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Center for Credentialing and Education
  • Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Social & Behavioral Research Basic Program Certificate, CITI
  • Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) Certified, Columbia University

Areas of Focus:

  • Grief, loss and bereavement
  • Palliative care
  • Chronic and serious illness
  • Education & curricula development
  • Group work
  • Psychotherapy
  • Clinical supervision


  • Doctorate in Social Work, New York University – 2020
  • Master’s of Social Work, New York University – 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – 2003

Abigail’s Recent Articles

Professional Background

I have over 15 years of experience working in healthcare with people who are seriously ill or dying and with their caregivers, with healthcare professionals and with those in mourning. I hold national board certification in Palliative care and have written, taught, presented and researched in areas such as bereavement, caregiving, death anxiety and coping with serious illness. I received both my master’s and my doctorate in social work from New York University, where I am still on faculty part-time, and hold advanced post-graduate certifications in Palliative and End-of-Life Care and in Clinical Supervision.

Learn more about Abigail on her website.

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Social Work (member)
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness – NYC Metro Chapter (consultant & volunteer)
  • Zelda Foster Program for Studies in Palliative Care (mentor)
  • Clinical Social Work Journal (peer reviewer)
  • Social Work in Healthcare Journal (peer reviewer)
  • New York University, Silver School of Social Work (part-time faculty)


Ruden, M. & Nathanson, A. (Eds). The Clinical Practice of Social Work in Healthcare. Springer Press. (forthcoming)

Nathanson, A. & Latimer, A. (in press). Dementia: Challenges and Opportunities Across the Trajectory. In Altilio, T., Otis-Green, S. & Cagle, J. The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work, 2nd ed. New York, NY: Oxford Press.

Nathanson, A. & Rogers, M. (in press). When Ambiguous Loss Becomes Ambiguous Grief: Clinical Work With Bereaved Dementia Caregivers. Health & Social Work.

Nathanson, A. & Ruden, M. (2020). Life-Mapping: An Adaptation for Self-Reflection on Mortality Awareness. In E. Counselman-Carpenter & A. Redcay, (Eds.). Working With Grief and Traumatic Loss: Theory, Practice, Personal Reflection & Self-Care. San Diego, CA: Cognella Publishing.

Nathanson, A. (2017). A deathbed, and two dozen packets of jam. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, 1-4. doi:10.1080/15524256.2017.1282924.

Nathanson, A. (2014). Whose life is ending and how do I plan for that? Narrative of a student intern. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, 10(2), 109-111. doi:10.1080/15524256.2014.906374.