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. She worked as the clinical social worker for Duke University Health’s Pediatric Neuro-Oncology service until accepting a position with UF Health’s Pediatric Neuro-Oncology and Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant services. Jennifer is a member of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers, a member of the Social Work Board for The Bone Marrow Foundation, 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.