Meredith Doherty is a licensed clinical social worker and PhD Candidate in Social Welfare at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is an American Cancer Society doctoral scholar at Silberman Aging, a Hartford Center of Excellence in Diverse Aging at CUNY where she is the project director of Dr. Daniel Gardner’s NIH-funded study, Access to Supportive Care in the Community, a mixed-method inquiry into the barriers and facilitators to outpatient palliative care engagement for medically-underserved older adults. In addition to her work in palliative care access, she works with Dr. Nancy Giunta in the ongoing evaluation of a national LGBT cultural competency training for aging services providers that has trained nearly 10,000 providers since its inception in 2010. Her research interests include palliative and supportive care in oncology, LGBT aging, and health disparities which are inspired by her direct practice experience in palliative care and community mental health. She is currently working on her dissertation, an examination of the coping strategies used by cancer patients and survivors to manage treatment-related financial hardship.