Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

Call: 818-515-9230

Email: shirley @ collaborativecaring.net

Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, MA, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Super Stakeholder

Brain Cancer Quality of Life Collaborative

Shirley Otis-Green is Clinical Director at the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and founder of Collaborative Caring. Her education, research and consultation efforts focus on quality-of-life, palliative care, leadership development and the creation of meaningful organizational change.

Shirley’s career is dedicated to enhancing excellence in the delivery of culturally-congruent, person-centered and family-focused interprofessional care through the implementation of effective learning principles.

Shirley has been the Principal Investigator on studies with over $3.3 million in external funding. This work has been recognized with numerous awards and disseminated through more than 100 publications and 500 professional presentations.

She is a California Health Care Foundation Leadership Fellow, serves on several editorial and professional boards and is a Distinguished Social Work Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice. Shirley is among the first to receive an international, interprofessional Master of Arts in Health Research ~ Palliative Care from Lancaster University in Great Britain, and is co-editor of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work.


  1. Master’s in Social Work

    University of Hawaii
  2. Master of Arts in Health Research – Palliative Care

    University of Lancaster, Great Britain

Professional Appointments

  1. 2017-current
    Project Lead for PCORI Engagement Award
    Coalition for Compassionate Care of California
  2. 2016-current
    PCORI Review Committees
  3. 2004-2014
    Senior Research Specialist
    City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center