Celeste Vaughan-Briggs, LCSW
Program Manager, Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program; Oncology Social Worker at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson
- Speaker, 2024 Conference on Metastatic Breast Cancer and 2023 Conference on Metastatic Breast Cancer
- Program Manager, Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson
- Adjunct instructor at the Temple University School of Social Work
- Part-time instructor at the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania (SP2)
Celeste Vaughan-Briggs, LCSW, has more than 25 years of social work experience and now serves as manager of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program at Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia. The program serves several hundred women with diverse backgrounds each year from across the greater Philadelphia area. Ms. Vaughan-Briggs provides vital navigation and psychosocial support to these women and men throughout their course of treatment.
Ms. Vaughan-Briggs is an adjunct instructor for the Temple University School of Social Work and was previously with the Jefferson Community Health Worker Program. She is also a part-time instructor at the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania (SP2).
Prior to her Jefferson tenure, Vaughan-Briggs provided trauma-informed care and advocacy for individuals and families affected by sexual assault, domestic violence, and murder. She has years of experience providing training to Philadelphia’s behavioral health providers on the impact childhood violence has on adults.
A lifelong resident of Philadelphia, Vaughan-Briggs earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Temple University and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.
Through the Screening and Treatment Program we are able to assist women in need of important cancer screening services. Through the years Jefferson has diagnosed women with Breast cancer and connected them to needed treatment. As an oncology social worker providing resources and support for patients during a very difficult time in their lives is an honor and a privilege.
Experience & Accolades
- Oncology Social Work, Licensed Clinical Social Work
- Jefferson Health, Oncology Support Services
- Social Worker and Program Manager, 2008-Present
- Temple University, College of Public Health, School of Social Work
- Adjunct Instructor, 2015- Present
- Philadelphia Mental Health Care Corporation
- Clinical Manager, 2002-2008
- WOAR-Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence
- Community Outreach Counselor, 1998-2001
- Anti-Violence Partnerships
- Adult Therapist, 1996-1998
- Improving the quality of patient-provider interactions and promoting equitable, accessible, and patient-centered cancer care. Vaughan-Briggs C, Leader A, Petok A and Dejesse T (2019).
- Collaborative care approach to managing acute psychiatric conditions in patients with cancer. Garber, G, Petok, A, McLafferty, L, et al. (2018)
- Breast cancer screening and follow-up of abnormal mammogram results: A population-based study comparing results from an urban university cancer center to a national database. EP Mitchell, TP Avery, RC Jaslow, et al (2012)
Race, breast cancer, and COVID-19
Celeste Vaughan-Briggs, LCSW, discusses trauma-informed breast cancer care, disparities in health care and medical outcomes, and practical advice for Black women concerned about the level of care they are being given.