Dena Schulman-Green is a gerontologist whose program of research focuses on palliative care. She earned a BA in Psychology from Boston University in 1993, an EdM and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University in 1995, and an MS and a PhD in Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts in 1999 and 2002. Dr. Schulman-Green came to YSN in January of 2002 as the recipient of a U.S. Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. She joined the faculty in 2003.
Dr. Schulman-Green's work has included clinician education in palliative and end-of-life care; evaluation of palliative care and hospice services, and self-management among women with breast and ovarian cancer. Her current work, supported by a 5-year Career Development Award from the American Cancer Society, focuses on patients’ management of physical and psychosocial transitions over the care trajectory. She is testing educational modules designed to help individuals manage transitions by improving understanding of care options and communication with clinicians and family caregivers.
Among her other honors, Dr. Schulman-Green received the 2004 Research Award from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. She is active in the Yale Cancer Center, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine/Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association, the Gerontological Society of America, and the Connecticut Coalition to Improve End-of-Life Care.