Aditi Wahi-Singh, MSW, MPH
As a clinical social worker at the Simms Mann Center, primarily serving patients in the Laguna Hills and Irvine Hem/Onc clinics, I provide comprehensive, evidence-based psychosocial services to patients and families as they undergo the unique challenges that accompany a cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. My goal is to provide emotional support through individual counseling while also connecting patients and families to myriad resources available to make their cancer journey as seamless as possible. I aim to empower patients and assist in reducing stress to allow individuals to focus on their healing. I do this by working collaboratively with the medical providers and by establishing a connection with my patients through empathy, active listening and non-judgement. I hope to be a resource to patients and to assist in maintaining or improving their quality of life as they navigate their cancer experience.
Training & Professional Work
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Social Behavior and Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of California, Irvine. During this time, I conducted research measuring levels of anxiety and uncertainty of illness and their impact on patients’ quality of life. The results were astounding to me as I learned the impact our thoughts and feelings can have on our health and the overall wellbeing of our bodies. I went on to work as a Project Manager at the Chao Comprehensive Cancer Center running several nationwide NIH studies and clinical trials and learning a tremendous amount about the psychosocial burdens of cancer.
After a few years of working in oncology research settings, I decided to pursue my Master of Social Work (MSW) to train as a clinician and provide supportive care to oncology patients. While in my MSW program at University of Southern California (USC), I had the opportunity to intern at Kaiser Permanente providing brief therapy and care coordination to patients in outpatient clinics. In addition to my clinical training, I also had the honor to be an Integrated Behavioral Health Fellow with the West Coast Project, a program focused on training a handful of MSW students to be well-versed medical social workers upon graduation.
After graduating from USC, I worked as a clinical social worker at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in various inpatient and outpatient settings. Each of these experiences have shaped me over the years and have led me to this career as a clinical oncology social worker and I could not be more grateful for my journey. I am thrilled to have now found my home at the Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology and look forward to providing psychosocial care to cancer patients and families as they go through their unique cancer journey.
Personal Interests and Perspectives
Outside of my life as a clinical social worker, I enjoy spending time with my son, husband and two dogs. Some of my hobbies include reading, hiking, traveling, trying new foods and learning about different cultures. As a part of my own self-care, I engage in activities such as yoga, mindfulness, and spending quality time with friends and family. I am grateful to have a fulfilling career doing something I love and look forward to learning and growing in the years to come.