Tamara Cadet

Associate Professor of Social Work
  • School of Social Work
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  • Ph.D.

About Me

Tamara J. Cadet, Ph.D., L.I.C.S.W., M.P.H., is an Associate Professor at the Simmons School of Social Work. She also holds a faculty appointment at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology. Dr. Cadet brings her more than 25 years of practice experience in many capacities and settings to her teaching and to her research. Dr. Cadet has worked in the fields of substance abuse, adoption, mental health, health care, schools, and oncology with children, adults, families, and older adults, as both a social worker and as a community organizer. She has a motto, that if she is not thinking about the underserved or under-represented client or patient, then she has forgotten the most important part of conducting research. It this this commitment to social justice that permeates every aspect of her research. Her ultimate objective is to advance efforts to develop health promotion interventions for underserved and underrepresented older adults in order to contribute to reducing oncology-related disparities. To this end, her research has primarily focused on improving access to cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment services for older minority adults. Dr. Cadet has been the recipient of several national career development awards for her research and is currently funded by the National Cancer Institute through a Supplement. She is also a current recipient of the National Institute of Health Loan Repayment Program and involved with the Simmons School of Social Work Health Resources and Services Administration funded Behavioral Health Workforce and Education and Training Program. She particularly enjoys translating her research to practice for community-based organizations where she serves and preparing social workers for effective evidence-based practice.

Dr. Cadet has three core assumptions in her teaching including: doing whatever helps students learn, adopting a critically reflective stance, and being aware of how students experience their learning and perceive my actions (Brookfield, 2006). One of her goals is to create safe environments for students to actively learn and engage with the topic in their own time and space. I believe my role is to provide meaningful information that connects students’ learning to their overall personal, professional, and academic experiences (Hooks, 1994). Learning begins when students apply and integrate their knowledge. Significant learning begins when students integrate their ideas, when students learn about themselves and others, and, most importantly, when they learn how to learn. Significant learning is not a linear process but a cyclical process where one aspect of learning informs another. It is my hope that lasting change has occurred for my students through our collective learning.

Dr. Cadet’s teaching interests include clinical practice, human behavior, health-care practice, older adults, and statistics. Specifically, Dr. Cadet teaches the foundation clinical practice course, an online human behavior in the social environment course, an advanced health care practice course, an older adult practice course, and a Ph.D.-level course in statistics.

Dr. Tamara Cadet's Curriculum Vitae

What I Teach

  • SW 421 - Social Work Practice
  • SW 478 - Social Work Practice in Healthcare
  • SW 411 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (Online)
  • SW 501 Social Work Practice with Older Adults
  • SW 651 Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis
  • SW 652 Introduction to Multivariate Statistics (Doctoral level)

Research/Creative Activities

Dr. Cadet’s research interests include oncology, aging, health behaviors, psychosocial and cultural factors, and health promotion. Based upon her dissertation research, older Hispanic and non-Hispanic women and the psychosocial factors influencing their breast and cervical cancer screening participation, she investigates and promotes evidence based health promotion interventions for underserved populations. She is specifically interested in behavioral factors that influence health behaviors.

Dr. Cadet is currently adapting and evaluating a mammography decision aid for use among older women with low health literacy levels. She continues to collaborate with colleagues to investigate the psychosocial and cultural factors that influence older adults and their cancer-screening behaviors using national datasets, including the Health and Retirement Study (http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/).

Selected Grant Activity

Health Resources and Services Administration (2017 – 2021)
Behavioral Health Workforce and Education and Training Program
Role: Co-Director of Education

National Institutes of Health-Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program (2017 – 2019) 
Adaptation of a mammography decision aid for low health literate women aged 75 and older
Role: Principal Investigator

Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (2016 – 2019)
3R01CA181357-03S1 (Admin Supp)
Adaptation of a mammography decision aid for low health literate women aged 75 and older
In collaboration with Dr. Mara Schonberg, MD, MPH; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 
Role: Principal Investigator


Selected Publications

Cadet, T., Burke, S., *Stewart, K., *Howard, T. & Schonberg, M. (2017). Cultural and emotional determinants of cervical cancer screening among older Hispanic women. Health Care for Women International

Mitchell, J., Cadet, T., Burke, S., Williams, E., Alvarez, D. (2017). The Care Paradox: The Impact of Companionship and Cohabitation on the Mental and Physical Health of Older African American Men. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences: Special Issue: Psycho-social Influences of African Americans Men’s Health

Cadet, T., *Stewart, K., & *Howard, T. (2017). Psychosocial correlates of cervical cancer screening among older Hispanic women. Social Work in Health Care, 56(2), 124-139

Davis, C., Cadet, T., Moore, M. & Darby, K. (2017). A comparison of compliance and non-compliance in breast cancer screening among African American women. Health and Social Work, 1-8

Maramaldi, P., Sobran, A., Scheck, L., Cusato, N., Lee, I., White, E. & Cadet, T. (2014). Interdisciplinary medical social work: A working taxonomy. Social Work in Health Care, 53(6):532-51.

Selected Presentations

Bakk, L., Cadet, T., Oyler, D., & Szewc, D. (2018). Medicare Subsidy Programs: Demonstrating the Effectiveness of Outreach within the Black Community. 2018 Aging in America Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Berrett-Abebe, J., Maramaldi, P., & Cadet, T. (2018). Developing and evaluating a training intervention to address fear of cancer recurrence. Poster presentation at the ASCO Cancer Survivorship Symposium, Orlando, FL.

Cadet, T., Burke, S., Moore, M., Bakk, L. Bullock, K., Davis, C., Schonberg, M. (2018). Exploring the relationship between social engagement activities and receipt of mammography screening among older non-Hispanic White, African American, and Hispanic women. Poster presentation at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Social Work Research, Washington, DC.

Cadet, T., Levine, A., Collin, CR, O’Brien, K., & Putney, J. Integrated primary health care: A model to increase social worker’s skills in addressing substance misuse. Oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Atlanta, GA.

Cadet, T., Mitchell, J., Burke, S., Bakk, L., & Rostant, O. Roles of Neighborhood Cohesion, Discrimination, and Outlook on Life in Preventative Healthcare. Poster presentation at the 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. San Francisco, CA. July 23-27, 2017

Putney, J., Collin, CR., & Cadet, T. Incorporating client simulation to develop and assess screening and brief intervention skills. 2017 Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Dallas, TX

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Association of Social Work Boards/Council on Social Work Education (2018)
Licensing and Regulation National Task Force 
Competency 4: Engage in Practice-Informed Research and Research-Informed Practice

Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health (2018)
Transdisciplinary Steering Committee
Boston University

Invited Chair, Council on Social Work Education APM Health Track (2015 – 2017)


Butler-Williams Scholars Program (2016)
National Institute of Aging

Certificate of Excellence in Tutoring (2016)
Harvard University Medical School

Mentor Recognition Award for Promoting Visibility of Women (2014)
Council on Social Work Education