It is estimated that there are over 600,000 practicing social workers in the United States. While most social workers report that geriatric knowledge is needed in their professional work, less than 5% of all masters level students in social work, and approximately 7% of doctoral level students specialize in aging. The Hartford Doctoral Fellows Program is a $2.45 million dollar program designed to cultivate the next generation of geriatric social work faculty who will become teachers, role models, and mentors for future generations of social workers caring for older persons and their families.
The Gerontological Society of America administers the Hartford Doctoral Fellows program. Dr. James Lubben, the Louise McMahon Ahearn University Chair at Boston College is Principal Investigator and National Director. The Doctoral Fellows were selected by a National Program Committee comprised of Dr. A.E. Benjamin, UCLA; Dr. Barbara Berkman, Director of the Hartford Faculty Scholars Program; Dr. Denise Burnette, Columbia University; Dr. Namkee Choi, University of Texas at Austin; Dr. Ruth Dunkle, University of Michigan; Dr. Jan Greenberg, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Dr. Nancy Morrow-Howell, Washington University in St. Louis.
The Gerontological Society of America was founded in 1945 and, with 5,500 members, is the largest research organization in aging and a leader in the advancement of knowledge, generation of new ideas and translation of research findings into practice. The Society publishes the field's leading multidisciplinary scientific journals. The N
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The Gerontological Society of America