John Cagle

John CagleJohn Cagle, Associate Professor

Dr. Cagle is an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work with a substantive interest in improving care at the end of life. As a translational health services researcher, his efforts have focused on identifying effective models of care and support for dying patients and their families – and implementing those models into routine clinical practice. This includes efforts to minimize financial burden on families coping with life threatening illness. His research is informed by nearly a decade of clinical work as a hospice social worker. Dr. Cagle completed his PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University where his dissertation thesis explored the needs and experiences of informal caregivers of advanced cancer patients.

After being awarded his doctoral degree in 2008, he trained as an NIA-funded postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Institute on Aging as well as the University of California, San Francisco, Division of Geriatrics. His current research examines financial burden experienced by families during life threatening illness, disparities in care at the end of life, psychosocial barriers to pain management, and improving palliative care outcomes in long-term care settings. His research has been supported by a number of public and private entities, including the University of Maryland School of Social Work Financial Social Work Initiative, the Hospice Foundation of America, the National Palliative Care Research Center, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the National Institute on Aging, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and the Foundation for Care at the End of Life.

Contact Information:
Phone: (410) 706.6106
Room: 3W13
Cagle CV

Mailing Information:
UM School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201


BS, Mary Washington College
MSW: PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Institute on Aging, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Division of Geriatrics, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Expertise and Research Interests

Hospice and palliative care 
Psychosocial aspects of pain and pain management  

Caregiving at the end of life 

The intersection of aging, health and palliative care

End-of-life care in long term care settings

The economic impact of end-of-life care on families

Honors and Awards

National Palliative Care Research Center Junior Faculty Career Development Award, 2012-2014
National Institutes of Health Student Loan Repayment Award, 2009-2011
School of Social Work Leadership Award, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2008
McGrath-Morris Residency & Fellowship, 2008
John A. Hartford Doctoral Fellowship, 2006-2008

College of Palliative Care Mentorships, 2006-2007

Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) Fellowship, 2005

Recent Publications

Cagle J. G., & Widera, E. W. (in press). Geriatrics and palliative care. In S. Landefeld, A.
Chang, & B. Williams (Eds.) Current Geriatrics Diagnosis and Treatment, 2nd edition. New York: McGraw Hill.

Cagle J. G., & Altilio, T. (2011). The social work role in pain and symptom management. In T. Altilio & S. Otis-Green (Eds.), Oxford textbook of palliative social work. New York: Oxford Press

Naleppa, M. J., & Cagle J. G. (2007). Adult day services. In E. Capezuti, G. Siegler & M. D. Mezey (Eds.), The encyclopedia of elder care (2nd ed., pp. 10-13). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Naleppa, M. J., & Cagle J. G. (2007). Transportation. In E. Capezuti, G. Siegler & M. D. Mezey (Eds.), The encyclopedia of elder care (2nd ed., pp. 780-783). New York: Springer Publishing Company

Cagle, J. G., & Munn, J. C. (in press). Long distance caregiving: A systematic review of the literature. Journal of Gerontological Social Work.

Cagle, J. G., Durham, D. D., Rokoske, F. S., Schenck, A. P., Spence, C., & Hanson, L. C. (2012). Use of electronic documentation for quality improvement in hospice care. American Journal of Medical Quality. [Epub ahead of print; PMID: 22267819]

Van Dussen, D., Culler, K., & Cagle, J. G. (2011). Perceptions about hospice from a community-based pilot study: Lessons and findings. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 28, 418-423.

Moone, R. P., & Cagle, J. G. (2011). A content analysis of Aging Network conference proceedings. Educational Gerontology, 37, 995-1008.

Cagle, J. G., & Kovacs, P. J. (2011). Caregivers of cancer patients: Perceptions of preparedness and the need for support during hospice care. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 54, 92-115.

Durham, D. D., Rokoske, F. S., Hanson, L. C., Cagle, J. G., & Schenck, A. P. (2011). Quality improvement in hospice: “Adding a big job to an already big job”? American Journal of Medical Quality, 26, 103-109.

Naleppa, M. J., & Cagle, J. G. (2010). Treatment fidelity in social work intervention research: A review of published studies. Research on Social Work Practice, 20, 674-681.

Schenck, A. P., Rokoske, F. S., Durham, D., Cagle, J. G., & Hanson, L. C. (2010). The PEACE Project: Identification of quality measures for hospice and palliative care. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 13, 1451-1459.

Dill, J. S. & Cagle, J. G. (2010). Caregiving in a patient's place of residence: Turnover of direct care workers in home care and hospice agencies. Journal of Aging and Health, 22, 713-­‐733.

Cagle, J. G., & Kovacs, P. J. (2009). Education: A complex and empowering intervention at the end of life. Health & Social Work, 34, 17-27.

Cagle, J. G. (2009). Weathering the storm: Palliative care and elderly homeless persons. Journalof Housing for the Elderly, 23, 29-46.

Cagle, J. G., & Bolte, S. (2009). Sexuality and life-threatening illness: Implications for social work and palliative care. Health & Social Work, 34, 223-233.

Moone, R., & Cagle J. G. (2009). An analysis of end-of-life content in Aging Network conference proceedings. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 30, 130-145.