Nancy Cincotta, M.Phil, LCSW, CLS

Professional Education Instructor


Nancy Cincotta smiles at the camera wearing a lavender top and grey cardigan.

Nancy Cincotta, M.Phil, LCSW, CLS is a nationally known expert regarding issues that children and families experience while living with life-threatening illness, facing the end of life, and during bereavement. She is currently a psychosocial consultant in New York City, working with numerous non-profit organizations and hospitals, providing supervision, group work consultation and programming, clinical services, and developing new initiatives. Cincotta is the director of social work education and research at the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance. She worked as a supervisor and clinician in the Division of Maternal Child Health in the Department of Social Work at the Mount Sinai Medical Center (New York) for three decades and served as the psychosocial director at Camp Sunshine (Maine), where she utilized a large group work model of practice within retreat programming. She is an advisor in the Palliative and End-of-Life Care Certificate Program at Smith College School of Social Work, a senior lecturer in the Columbia University School of Social Work, and is on faculty and a mentor in the Zelda Foster Studies Program at New York University. She serves as a clinical consultant to the master’s degree Genetic Counseling Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and is working on a project involving the “lived” experience with persons with Fanconi Anemia.

Cincotta has extensive expertise working with children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. She has worked with bereaved parents and children in individual and family work, in groups, and in a retreat format. Cincotta is widely published in this area and has presented extensively on a national and international level.

Additionally, Cincotta has developed a unique expertise in the psychosocial impact of inherited bone marrow failure syndromes and cancer predisposition diseases. She is a past president of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers and has served as a board member with multiple professional and non-profit organizations. Cincotta received the Lifetime Contribution Award from the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers (2016), The Inaugural Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Hematology/Oncology Lifetime Achievement Award of the Association of Oncology Social Work (2019) and Outstanding Education and Training Award from the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (2019). She earned a master of science in social work and a master of science in philosophy from the Columbia University School of Social Work and completed a Certificate Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University in 2022.