Joan Anderson, MSW
As a clinical social worker at the Simms/Mann Center, I am committed to providing quality care to support the psychosocial needs of individuals and their loved ones facing the challenges that accompany a cancer diagnosis. My role includes facilitating individual support, participating in multidisciplinary clinic teams, providing outreach to patients and their families, and connecting them with resources and referrals to additional services. Through an empathic approach, my goal is to provide a space that recognizes the nuances of each person’s journey and honors their unique experience.
Training and Professional Work
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish from College of Charleston in 2015.
While in college, I completed internships with a women’s shelter and with the Charleston Mayor’s office, supporting survivors of intimate partner violence and people with disabilities. Through these internships, I discovered my inclination for advocacy, community-building, and ultimately social work. Upon graduating, I moved back to my home city of Los Angeles and began working as a case manager at a shelter for youth survivors of trafficking. I then took a position as co-director of an after-school enrichment company that provides classes to students across LA County. Through these experiences working with a variety of systems of care, I honed in on my passion for human services and decided to pursue a Master’s of Social Work with specialty in Adult Mental Health and Wellness.
During my graduate studies at the USC School of Social Work, I completed my first-year training at the Post-Conviction Justice Project, a legal clinic of the USC School of Law. Providing psychosocial support and advocacy for incarcerated adults, I helped clients manage substance use and behavioral challenges, process complex trauma, and prepare for upcoming parole hearings. In my second year, drawn by a passion to further explore the integration of physical and mental health, I came to the Simms/Mann Center where I was introduced to oncology social work as an MSW intern. Seeing the Simms/Mann model of care in action instilled in me a deep respect for this work and the experiences of our patients. My intern year at the Center shaped my current goals of continuing to grow in this field and provide whole-person care in an integrative environment. After graduating with my MSW, I am so grateful to be on staff at the Simms/Mann Center where I can be a part of this amazing team and contribute to the truly impactful work that the Center does.
In my spare time you can find me with friends and family, usually outside enjoying the great weather that this city offers year-round. I love spending time at the beach or taking a leisurely walk to one of the many wonderful coffee shops in LA, usually while listening to a podcast or audiobook. I don’t have any pets currently, but I would love to hear about yours!