Social Workers

The social work component of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Department includes two licensed clinical social workers,  Diane Howard and Jennifer Larson. Our social workers provide crisis and supportive counseling, assistance with resources and discharge planning issues, information and referral, and case management. These services are provided to both inpatient and outpatient families.

Diane Howard, LCSWDiane Howard, LCSW began working in pediatrics in 1980. She has extensive experience in medical as well as mental health settings. Diane joined the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Team in September 2006. She works on the inpatient service.






Francesca Ferretti, MSW, RCSWI earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida and received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Central Florida in 2015. She is currently licensed in the state of Florida as a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern. Francesca has experience in crisis intervention and working in acute medical settings.  Francesca obtained clinical experience with an oncology focus through her internships at Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. She is currently a member of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers. Francesca has worked in the department of hematology/oncology since July 2015.