Speaking Engagements

Robin is a passionate advocate for the role of palliative care in healthcare, particularly for those facing a serious illness or injury. She speaks with authority as both a nurse and a mother, who lost her son to cancer without the benefit of palliative care support. A polished speaker with a clear message, Robin has presented at international health conferences, universities and medical institutions.

Additionally, she has been published on the topic of palliative care in a number of respected clinical journals including the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, American Journal of Nursing, Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, Journal of Palliative and Supportive Care and Journal of Palliative Medicine.

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I enjoy speaking about 
palliative care and its benefits, and welcome the opportunity 
to use my experience to educate more people about this 
important healthcare topic.

Contact Robin for

Speaking Opportunities.


Pediatric Spiritual Distress 

George Washington University, Washington, DC, (October 2019)

The Role of the Kanarek Center for
Palliative Care

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Fairfield University's Egan School of Nursing, Fairfield, Connecticut, (October 21, 2017)

How Do You Respond to 'THE' Difficult Question? 

Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut, (2016)

Palliative Cares Role in Healthcare

Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut,(2015 and 2016)


Creating a Palliative Care Curriculum: From Pain to Promise

International Conference on Communication in Healthcare, Baltimore, Maryland, (October 9, 2017)

End of Life Issues in Pediatric Oncology 

International Conference in Healthcare Communications, Montreal, Canada, (October 2013)


Healing the Whole Patient: From Diagnosis to End-of-Life

A four-week mandatory course starting February 20, 2020, co-presented with Rabbi MJ Newman (palliative care chaplain), for all nurses at Greenwich Hospital (affiliate of Yale New Haven Health System) who work in the ICU, telemetry and oncology units to become humanistic providers of care

Palliative Care From a Parent's Perspective and Its Crucial Role in Healthcare

Stamford Hospital Bennett Cancer Center Annual Oncology Symposium, Stamford, Connecticut (April 26, 2017)

The After Effects of the Loss of a Child

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, NY, (2016)

How to Have a Difficult Conversations 
in a Health Care Setting

Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut, (2015)

A Personal Perspective of Nursing,
Communication and Pediatric Palliative Care in the Health Care Setting

Sacred Heart University, Trumbull, Connecticut, (April 2013 and November 2013)

Improving End of Life Communication


Pediatric & Adolescent Palliative Care Educational Workshop at Fairfield University School of Nursing, Fairfield, Connecticut, (March 2009)

Reflections on Personal Experiences: Improving Conversation in Pediatric Palliative Care

7th Annual Conference of the Connecticut Coalition to Improve End-of-Life Care at Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, Connecticut, (April 2010)

The Parent’s Perspective of Teenage Cancer

Third International Conference of Cancer and the Adolescent at the Royal College of Physicians, London, England, (March 2004)

Carolyn Jones Productions, New York, NY: Dying in America: Nurses Leading the Conversation
Navigating End of Life Conversation from a Parent’s Perspective

Connecticut Hospice Department of Nursing Education, Branford, Connecticut, (January 22, 2015)