Larry W Foster, Ph.D.
 Title: Professor
 Dept: Social Work
 Office: RT 1419
 Phone: 216-687-3938
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1419, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Bioethics, Biomedical ethics, Health care, Psychosocial oncology, Bone Marrow Transplant, Care partners, Illness adjustment
Ph.D., Social Work, Florida State University, 1980
MSW, Social Work, Indiana University, 1974
B.S., Secondary Education, Indiana-Purdue University, 1971
Brief Bio:
Dr. Larry Foster has been a faculty member in the School of Social Work since 1995. He teaches human behavior and ethics content at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He is an Associate of the Bioethics Center and a member of the Biomedical and Health Institute (BAHI). As demonstrated in two other graduate social work programs prior to his coming to CSU, Dr. Foster provides conceptual leadership in curriculum planning and  development, which began with his co-writing the self study that led to initial accreditation of the Joint Master of Social Work Program, University of Akron and Cleveland State University. As part of his commitment to continuing education, Dr. Foster obtained a post-graduate certificate in Social Work and Health Care at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (1986-1987), a gerontology certificate  from the Harvard Geriatric Education Center (1989), and a certificate in bioethics from The Cleveland Clinic Foundation (1991-1992).
Honors and Awards:
Cleveland State University Faculty Merit Recognition Award, 2013
Cleveland State University Faculty Merit Recognition Award, 2005
Cleveland State University Faculty Merit Recognition Award, 1998
Honorary Life Membership, Phi Alpha Nat'l Social Work Honor Society, Delta Chapter, 2003
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, North Ohio Chapter, Patient Services Volunteer Award 2000
Cleveland State University, Department of Social Work, Merit Award, 1997-1998
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Bioethics Fellowship, 1991-1992
Florida State University, Child Welfare Traineeship, 1977-1980
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1979
National Institute Mental Health Traineeship, 1972-1974
Research Interests:
Dr. Foster's areas of scholarly interest and research include bioethics and psychosocial oncology. Of special interest is the articulation of social work's role in blending "is" and "ought" perspectives, bridging bioethics, medicine, and social science. Also of  interest is his research exploring the prognostic value of partnered relationships for patient survival in bone marrow transplantation; a conceptual framework and methodology of illness adjustment utilized to predict outcomes in cardiac surgery is adapted to bone marrow tansplant. This adaptation is expected to further clarify 100 day survival rates among allogeneic bone marrow patients relative to the presence or absence of a lay care-partner by describing differences in patients' modes of illness adjustment. Findings will inform the intervention phase of psychosocial research at the Cleveland Clinic's Bone Marrow Transplant Program.
Teaching Areas:
Human Behavior and Social Environment
Social Work Values and Ethics
Social Work in Health Care
Professional Affiliations:
Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, membership renewed 2006
Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Faculty Advisor, CSU Chapter, 1996 to 1998
Bioethics Center, Cleveland State University, Associate, 2002-present
Biomedical and Health Institute, Cleveland State University, member, 2003-present
Collaborative Family Healthcare Coalition, 1999 to 2002
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America, Northern Ohio Chapter, Volunteer, 1996-present
National Association of Social Work, 1991 to present
National Hospice Organization, 1981-1986
Society for Bioethics Consultation, 1992-1994
Society for Health & Human Values, 1992-1994
Professional Experience:
Ethics Lecture/Cosultant, 1994-2003, Northeastern Ohio Colleges of Medicine
Co-Facilitator, Cancer Support Groups, 1995-present, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Bioethics Fellow, 1991-1992, Cleveland Clinic
Associate Project Director, 1987-1988, Pediatric Pulmonary Center, University of Florida
Oncology Social Worker, 1986-1987, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
Supervisor of Field Research, 1984-1985, Dept. of Pediatrics,Michigan State University
Family Caseworker, 1971-1972, Catholic Social Service, Fort Wayne, Ind.
University Service:
Graduate Faculty Review Committee
     Member, 2006-2010
Graduate, Convocation, and Assembly Committee
     Member, 2006-2008
Health Issues Subcommittee of the University Safety and Health Advisory Committee
     Member, 2005-2006
Faculty Affairs Committee, Cleveland State University
    Member, 2005-2006
Associate Dean Search Committee, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
    Member, Fall 2004
Bioethics Center, Cleveland State University
    Associate, 2002-present
Biomedical and Health Institute, Cleveland State University
     Member, 2003-present
CSU Faculty Professional Leave Advisory Committee
    Member, 2001-2003
CSU Graduate College Grade Dispute Committee  
    Member, 1996-1998; 2007-present  
CSU Library Committee of the Faculty Senate
      Member, 2003-2005
CSU College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Curriculum Committee
      Member, 2004-2005
CSU Instructional Media Services Committee of the Faculty Senate
    Member, 1998-2000
Professional Service:
Consulting Editor for NASW's premier journal Social Work (2003-present); reviews 2-3  
    manuscripts per month.

Reviewer for the journal Australian Social Work (2009-present)

Member,International Reviewers Panel (IRP) for Medical Science Monitor (2004-present).

Licensed social worker and is approved by the Ohio Ethics Advisory Board to provide
    ethics workshop in Northeast Ohio.
Community Service:
National Association of Social Workers, Ohio Chapter
     Lecturer/Workshop Presenter in Northeast Ohio, January 27, 2004- present
Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
     Research Consultant/Collaborator, 1999-present
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America, Northern Ohio Chapter
     Support Group Facilitator, 1995-present; Patient Advisory Board Member, 1997-present
Northeastern Ohio Colleges of Medicine (NEOCOM) and Obstetrics-Gynecology Department,  
     Akron City Hospital, Ethics Lecturer/Consultant, 1994-2003
Camp Quality USA, Northeast Ohio
     Board Member, Camp Organizing Committee, Summer, 1997-1999
Akron General Medical Center Hospital, Akron, OH
     Member, Ethics Review Committee, 1994-1995
Akron Regional Hospital Association
     Member, Collaborative Bioethics Working Group, 1994-1995
Research Grants:
Grant funded collaborative research projects in progress at the Cleveland Clinic:

"Survival in Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplantation:  The Relative Importance of In-Patient Lay Care-Partner Support" IRB#: 6330

"Survival Rates in Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplantation:  The Relative Importance of Patient Modes of Illness Adjustment and of Lay Care-Partner Support" IRB#: 6950

"Limiting Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplantation Based on Psychosocial Issues:  A Comparison of Professional Attitudes" IRB#: Exempt 0365

"Ethical Reasoning About Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplantation and Patient Eligibility Based on Psychosocial Criteria" IRB Exempt