Carissa Hodgson, LCSW, OSW-C

Carissa Hodgson, LCSW, OSW-C

Carissa Hodgson, LCSW, OSW-C
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Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Certified Oncology Social Worker

Area of Focus:

  • Oncology 
  • Caregiving 
  • Chronic Illness 
  • Grief and Loss 
  • Family Systems 
  • LGBTQIA+ Community


MSW, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007
BSW, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 2006

Carissa’s Recent Articles

Professional Background

Carissa earned her Master of Social Work degree from UW Madison in 2007. She is a Family Therapist and Oncology Social Worker whose work includes therapy with individuals, groups and families in community, outpatient, day-treatment, and in-home settings. Areas of expertise include cancer, chronic illness, caregiving, grief and loss, child and adolescent development, family systems, and issues relating to the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Carissa is an instructor at the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches a course on Generalist Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups. She has also taught a course on Grief, Death, Loss and Life.

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Oncology Social Workers (AOSW)
  • Youth, Families and Cancer Special Interest Group, Co-Chair 

Other Publications

  • “The ‘Outsiders’—How to Support Siblings of Children Who Have Cancer,” OncoLink, September 2019
  • “Fitting Cancer Into the School Year,” Coping Magazine, July/August 2019 
  • “How Do I Tell My Kids I Have Cancer?” Coping Magazine , March/April 2019