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Iraida V. Carrion Ph.D. MSW

Iraida V. Carrion Ph.D. MSW

Iraida V. Carrion, Ph.D., LCSW received her MSW from Adelphi University and her Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology from the University of South Florida in 2007. Dr. Carrion has extensive clinical practice experience in psychiatric, medical and in private practice settings in New York City, West Texas and in the Central Florida area. Her career as a clinician includes serving children, adolescents, older adults and families coping with mental health disorders, terminal illnesses and grief and loss. Dr. Carrion has also functioned as a clinical supervisor and program director in community-based agencies and schools as well as in hospice organizations.

Dr. Carrion teaches at the BSW, MSW, and Ph.D levels in the areas Social Work Practice. She teaches Individual Treatment, Family Treatment, Clinical Perspectives on Race and Culture, Clinical Supervision and Dissertation Proposal Writing. She has also assumed leadership roles as Interim Chair of the BSW program and in Field Education at USF. In 2011, Dr. Carrion received the National Association of Social Work (NASW) Tampa, Florida Chapter and the NASW Florida State Chapter, Social Work Educator of the Year Awards. 

Dr. Carrion's research intersects end of life care, migrant health, cancer health decisions and cultural competence issues within the Latino community. Her research focuses on aging and health disparities among Latinos. She received the Career Catalyst Award in Cancer Disparity Research from the University of South Florida/Moffitt Cancer Center's Research Training and Education Core, federally funded by the National Institutes of Health-National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She was awarded the highly competitive McKnight Junior FacultyDevelopmentFellowship. Dr. Carrion is examining end of life palliative care communication and health care decision preferences of patients with an end stage cancer diagnosis. She has presented the findings of her research in state, national and international conferences.

Dr. Carrion is recognized as a Social Work leader and was appointed to serve on two national committees of the NASW.  As a result, Dr. Carrion contributed to the development of the NASW Cultural Competence Indicators and NASW Standards for Social Work Practice in Palliative and End of Life Care.

Research Interests:  Implications of health care practices and interventions involving Latinos as well as complex systems of care delivery. The provision of culturally competentend of life care and the elimination of health care disparities among Latinos.