Issue Editor, Heather H. Goltz, introduces Volume 17, Issue 1 of the Journal of Family Strengths.

Author Biography

Dr. Heather Honoré Goltz is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Houston-Downtown, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases at Baylor College of Medicine, and a Research Investigator (woc) at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Northwestern State University and a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health and Master of Education in Teaching with emphasis in the Health Sciences from the University of Houston. Dr. Goltz obtained her PhD in Health Education from Texas A&M University. She has spent much of the last decade working specifically on issues of cancer survivorship, specifically disease self-management, development of low-health-literacy patient education interventions, and the psychosocial and relational burden of cancer. She has more than two dozen published and in press papers, primarily focusing on aspects of urologic and sexual health. Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, and the VA’s Health Services Research & Development Service. She has also contributed research effort to support studies funded by the American Cancer Society and Baylor College of Medicine’s Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center, among others.