Katie Dobbin Binda, MSW, LICSW:
With 25 years of experience in healthcare, Katie is widely recognized for her counseling and coaching expertise as well as her leadership in innovative program development, patient advocacy and workshop facilitation. She is known for her warmth, humor, integrity and vision.
As a licensed independent clinical social worker, Katie has provided counseling and coaching services to individuals, families, teams and organizations as they face personal challenges and professional concerns.
Katie was the Founding Director of the HOPES Program (now known as the Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program) at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, creating wellness programs and services for patients, families and staff. She developed and oversaw the Center's integrative therapies service and teams as well as created education and support programs including introductions to chemotherapy and clinical trials; complementary therapies; exercise; stress management and cancer survivorship.
While at Mass General, Katie co-founded the Cancer Center’s Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC), an initiative to ensure that the voices of patients and families are formally integrated into cancer care. This innovative patient advocacy initiative led to enhanced patient-organizational relationships. She facilitated opportunities to improve communication between oncology fellows, support staff and PFAC members. Katie was also instrumental in the creation of the Support Staff Development Program, to address the learning and emotional needs of support staff working with cancer patients and their families. She presented these programs at several international conferences organized by the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care.
Katie is an Adjunct Faculty member in the School of Social Work at Wheelock College in Boston where she mentors graduate social work students in their field education. She is a guest lecturer at Suffolk University and has been an invited speaker at numerous local, national and international conferences. Katie has co-authored several publications, which include a focus on the emotional needs of support staff and coping with cancer in the workplace.
Katie is a Board Member of Boston Cancer Support and consults on program development and strategic planning with several Boston area non-profit organizations including Neighbor Brigade.
Katie has a Master’s in Social Work (M.S.W) degree from Boston University
and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree from the University of Western