Kim Sangster

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Kim Sangster

Assistant Professor
Social Work
29 Spes Unica Hall, Room 255


Dr. Sangster has more than 17 years' experience in hospice, palliative care, and health care leadership, including grief and loss counseling and training. Her other clinical work was as a neonatal intensive care social worker. She earned her PhD and MSW from Loyola University Chicago and a master's in divinity from North Park University and Theological Seminary, Chicago. She completed a year-long clinical chaplaincy residency at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago.


PhD, Loyola University Chicago
MDiv, North Park University
MSW, Loyola University Chicago
BS, Lake Superior State University

Research Interests 

  • Loss and grief across the lifespan
  • Issues of aging and ageism
  • Effectively functioning hospice, palliative care, and health care interdisciplinary work teams
  • Career influence, motivation, and aspirations of hospice social workers and social work students

Creative and Scholarly Work 

Sangster, K. L., & Lee, A. C. (2017). Spirituality and traumatic loss: Pathways to healing through spiritual classes and focusing. In N. Thompson, G. R. Cox, and R. G. Stevenson (Eds.), Handbook of Traumatic Loss, New York: Routledge.

Nelson-Becker, H. & Sangster, K. (2015). Spirituality and religious participation in later life. In N. Pachana (Ed.), Encyclopedia of geropsychology (pp.1-11). New York, Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-981-287-080-3_71-1

Graham, S. R., Sangster, K. L., & Kamata, Y. (2006). Evaluation rubrics: Weaving a coherent fabric of assessment. Theological Education, 41 (2): 89-97.

Professional Memberships 

American Society on Aging (ASA)
Association of Death Educators and Counselors (ADEC)
Chicago End of Life Care Coalition (CECC)
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
National Hospital and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN)
Society for Spirituality & Social Work