Living with chronic kidney disease: The ups, downs, and all arounds

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET

Speaker: Dr. Tiffany Washington,

Topics: Mental Health Coping

Please note that certificates of attendance are available only to health professionals who attend the live airing of the webinar.

Is living with chronic kidney disease like riding a roller coaster? At times you are steady and controlled, and at other times you are spiraling all around. These ups and downs may affect your quality of life, emotional health, and relationships. In this webinar, Dr. Tiffany Washington, a nephrology social worker, will:

  • Define quality of life;
  • Describe emotional and social aspects of living with chronic kidney disease; and
  • Discuss resources to manage psychological health


Dr. Tiffany Washington

Dr. Tiffany Washington

Dr. Tiffany Washington is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia (UGA). Her mission is to help family systems affected by chronic conditions maintain a good quality of life, and to train future social workers for interdisciplinary practice in health and gerontological settings.

Dr. Washington is the seminar chair for Georgia Council of Nephrology Social Workers (CNSW), and recently volunteered as a health educator for the American Kidney Fund’s Kidney Action Day in Atlanta, Georgia. She previously served as a CSNW regional representative and the North Carolina CNSW chapter chair. She began her career as a medical social worker in 2002 at Northside Dialysis Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and was recruited to work as the patient services coordinator for the Southeastern Kidney Council in 2005.

After completed her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013, Dr. Washington joined the UGA faculty where she teaches Medical Social Work, Social Work Practice with Older Adults, and Grief and Loss. Her research interests include aging, chronic disease, and health disparities. Specifically, she examines factors that help and hinder successful disease self-management in persons living with chronic conditions, and is interested in designing and testing age- and culturally-appropriate disease self-management interventions to improve patient health outcomes."