Sydney Siegel, MSW
My role at Simms/Mann is to provide psychosocial services to patients and families facing the many unique stressors that accompany a cancer diagnosis. My primary goal is to arm patients with the tools and emotional support to navigate the cancer experience with dignity, empowerment, meaning, and growth.
Training & Professional Work
As an undergraduate at the University of Southern California, I studied Cinematic-Arts and Business with a desire to use storytelling as a coping vehicle that would be both educational and healing. The powerful experience of working with individuals and families in times of hardship inspired me to return to USC, where I received my Masters in Social Work degree. Receiving full merit-based scholarships for both my undergraduate and graduate education granted me the opportunity to take advantage of vast university resources to fulfill my dream of developing programs that bring more imagination and enhanced human connection to the illness experience. While in graduate school, I founded Art Rx with USC’s Keck School of Medicine and Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work to educate and strategize innovative ways in which medical professionals could utilize the arts to help relieve patients’ emotional and physical pain. In 2018, I received the USC Dean’s Award for Excellence and Innovation for my service to the community in bridging the gap between the creative and health disciplines. In the clinical training program at Jewish Family Services, I designed and facilitated a trauma-informed mindfulness and creative arts group for Holocaust survivors.
In my current role at the Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology, I provide psycho-social services to patients and families facing the many unique stressors that accompany a cancer diagnosis. Utilizing the expressive arts, I have created and facilitated multiple evidence-based programs to better assist patients struggling with questions of meaning and legacy. My primary goal is to arm patients with the tools and emotional support to navigate the cancer experience with dignity, empowerment, and growth.
Personal Interests and Perspectives
When not working, you can find me crafting, bike riding, watching old films/documentaries, befriending dogs in a park, and getting lost in nature with family and friends. Each new interaction reminds me of the endless learning opportunities, perspectives and beautiful characters that exist in this mysterious world. I am grateful for the meaningful encounters I have had in this profession thus far, and look forward to many more at Simms/Mann.