Dominica F Lizzi, LCSW, LMSW, is a Doctoral Candidate at Smith College School for Social Work. She has over a decade of experience serving terminally ill patients and their families in both homes and hospitals, as well as working as a bereavement counselor for those in the community who  endured sudden and traumatic losses. Dominica has been considered a pediatric specialist and has worked with many terminally ill children and their families. Currently, she is a lecturer at Columbia University School for Social Work and is a curriculum developer for Smith College School for Social Work. Her doctoral research focuses on examining Social Works’ historic participation in enabling health care and social disparities as a means to ensure ethics and diligence in future policy and practice. She resides in Hudson, NY where she sustains a small private practice serving the under and uninsured.