Emily Hershenson, Advisory Board Member  Emily is an independently licensed clinical social worker in the District of Columbia. She obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Maryland in 2008. Upon graduation she became a social worker at the Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health. For six years, she worked with National Cancer Institute patients and their families providing support and education as they navigated the clinical research trial process. She subsequently spent four years working with patients and families affected by psychotic disorders as part of the National Institute of Mental Health’s Clinical Brain Disorders Branch.

Currently, Emily is in private practice as a psychotherapist in Dupont Circle in DC; her work focuses on helping individuals manage depression and anxiety that often accompanies complex medical illnesses. Emily has obtained post-graduate clinical training through the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis. She is also a member of the von Hippel-Lindau Alliance Clinical Advisory Board, an organization that advocates on behalf of patients and families with a rare genetic disease known as VHL. She lives with her two daughters in Washington, DC.