Portrait of Gloria Thomas-Anderson, PhD, LMSW

Gloria Thomas Anderson, PhD, LCSW

Founder and Program Lead, Let’s Talk About ACP

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Dr. Gloria brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and experience to the healthcare, education, and faith-centered arenas. A university-level professor in social work for 17 years, Dr. Anderson is a licensed social worker, author, minister, and advance care planning expert with a passion for life. She holds an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership, Policy, and Foundations. Her research focuses on healthcare equity, spirituality, and culturally responsive care at the end of life.

Dr. Gloria is the creator of the “Let’s Talk About ACP” Program, a national community engagement and education initiative for African Americans on advance care illness preparation and end of life planning. The train-the-trainer program utilizes certified facilitators to offer educational workshops to faith based and community organizations.

She has written several peer-reviewed chapters on spirituality in two publications: the award-winning book, Womanish Black Girls: Women Resisting the Contradictions of Silence and Voice (2019) and The Palgrave Handbook of Workplace Spirituality (2018). She is the author of The African-American Spiritual and Ethical Guide to End-of-Life Care: What Y’all Gon’ Do with Me?, now in its 9th edition, and listed as a CDC-recommended ACP resource.

Dr. Gloria’s work is highly respected nationally by healthcare organizations, hospices, churches, and communities. While providing educational presentations to hundreds of groups throughout the U.S. and Canada, she has presented her research and work internationally and nationally at conferences and other professional events, including the Research Association Minority Professors (RAMP), International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI), The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME), and The National Council of Black Studies (NCBS). In addition to being prominently featured in several national telecasts and training videos, she has been a guest on various television and radio shows, including NPR affiliate, KCUR, KCPT, and e-Care Diary.

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