The social work component of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology includes three clinical social workers, Francesca Ferretti, Jennifer St.Clair, and Lola Lin. Our oncology social workers complete a comprehensive psychosocial assessment with every family to identify potential barriers to care and to connect families with supportive resources. Our clinical social workers provide care to support the entire family system while they battle a child’s life-threatening illness. These services are available to families in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
Francesca earned her Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from the University of Florida in 2012 and received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Central Florida in 2015. She first joined the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology in 2015 and went on to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2018. She has been a member of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers since 2017. Francesca currently serves as the clinical social worker for Pediatric Leukemia/Lymphoma and Pediatric Hematological services at UF Health/Shands Children’s Hospital.
Jennifer St. Clair graduated with her Master of Social Work degree from UNC Chapel Hill in 2007, became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2011, and was awarded her Certification in Oncology Social Work in January 2020. Her role as a clinical social worker for the pediatric brain tumor population began at Duke University in 2012 and she has continued this work following her relocation to Gainesville in July 2016. Jennifer is a member of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers, serves as the Program Manager for UF’s Neuro-Oncology Quality of Life and Survivorship program, and has had several posters accepted for display at various national and international conferences.
Lola Lin received her earned her Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from the University of Florida in 2010 and went on to work in the community behavioral health and child welfare for several years. In 2018, she earned her Master of Social Work degree from Florida State University. Lola is a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern working toward her full clinical licensure. She began her current social work role with the Pediatric Solid Tumor service for UF Health/Shands Children’s Hospital in October 2019.