Terry Altilio, LCSW

Professional Education Instructor

Email: taltilio@smith.edu

Terry Altilio smiles at the camera wearing a black top.

B.A., Cabrini College
M.S.W., Hunter College School of Social Work


Terry Altilio is a palliative social work consultant with over three decades of direct practice experience in palliative care, most recently in the Division of Palliative Care at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center. She is a recipient of a Mayday Pain and Society Fellowship Award in 2006 and a Social Work Leadership Award from the Open Society Institute’s Project on Death in America, which supported a social work postgraduate fellowship and a social work listserv, both of which are continuing programs. In 2013, Altilio was selected to receive the Project on Death in America, Career Achievement Award from the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Network and in 2023 receive the education award from Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN). She lectures nationally and internationally on topics such as pain management, language and word choice, ethics, palliative care and psychosocial issues in palliative care. She lectures in post-masters programs at NYU, Smith and is a guest faculty in an internet course through California State University San Marcos. In addition to co-authoring publications, she is co-editor with Shirley Otis-Green & John Cagle of the 2nd edition of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work (2022), co-editor with Bridget Sumser and Meaghan Leimena of Palliative Care – A Guide for Health Social Workers (2019) and in 2023 co-edited Mirrors and Windows, Reflections on the Journey in Serious Illness Practice.