Founded at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania

Chelsea K. Brown, LCSW, APHSW-C

Doctoral Student, School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania

Chelsea K. Brown is an Innovation Fellow at the Penn Center for Cancer Care Innovation (PC3I) and a doctoral student in the School of Social Policy & Practice at Penn. She is interested in understanding how clinicians and healthcare systems respond to experiences of trauma and disparate social determinants of health in ways that either heal or harm patients and communities. Chelsea is a licensed clinical social worker, certified palliative care clinician (APHSW-C), and certified clinical trauma professional (CCTP). Her experience and training informs her interest in combining research and practice to reduce healthcare re-traumatization and implement multi-level interventions that will promote equitable end-of-life care across micro, mezzo, and macro levels of health and social welfare systems.


Chelsea received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. She recently completed her Fellowship with the Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care at New York University. Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania, Chelsea was working at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as an inpatient clinical social worker within the Division of Palliative Medicine.

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