Margaret S. Wool Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Clinical Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Margaret S. Wool, Ph.D., BCD

Margaret S. Wool obtained her MSW in 1980 and Ph.D in 1986, both from Smith College School for Social Work. Since 1980, her career has included clinical practice, teaching, and research revolving around the interface of mental health and medical illness. Dr. Wool provides clinical consultation at NorthMain Radiation Oncology, facilitating the adjustment of patients and families, and providing educational support to staff. She is a facilitator for the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare at two Providence hospitals, and maintains a part-time private clinical practice focused on helping people adjust to the impact of significant illness.

She has served as adjunct faculty at Smith College School for Social Work, Simmons College School of Social Work, and is Clinical Faculty at Brown University's Warren Alpert School of Medicine with affiliations in Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Family Medicine, and the School of Public Health Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences.


  • "Bearing Witness to Cancer," a multidisciplinary course integrating sciences and humanities, to undergraduates (previous course),
  • "Cancer Action and Reflection Elective" (C.A.R.E.) to first and second year medical students at Brown.

Dr. Wool has participated in research grants funded by the National Cancer Institute. She has authored 15 articles and 4 book chapters, mostly in the area of psychosocial oncology. She served as a consulting editor to Health and Social Work and a reviewer for Cancer Practice - a Multidisciplinary Journal of Cancer Care. She is a member of the Advisory Board of The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults based in Maryland. Dr. Wool was a Director of the Board of the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work from 1999 to 2006 and served as president from 2003-2005. ABE is a national standard setting organization for clinical social work.

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