This year's selection was very competitive, with 25 applicants and only nine scholars selected to receive funding. During the next two years, the Faculty Scholars will conduct a research project focused on evaluating and improving the field of geriatric social work.
This year's scholars will administer projects ranging from diabetes and depression in older adults, to exploring successful aging while combating a chronic illness. Race and minority issues are also a prominent theme in the scholars' research projects, with the scholars looking at aging issues related to Korean, Japanese, African American, and Latino older adults.
In addition to completing their research project, the nine scholars will participate in institutes and workshops to further enhance their teaching, research and leadership skills. Each Scholar will be paired with a National Research Mentor and a school-based sponsor who will support the Scholar's professional leadership and research career development.
The Hartford Faculty Scholar's Program is administered by The Gerontological Society of America and directed by Dr. Barbara Berkman, Helen Rehr/Ruth Fizdale Professor, Columbia University School of Social Work.
The nine individuals selected for the prestigious Hartford Faculty Scholars Program in Geriatric Social Work are as follows:
Maria Aranda, PhD
University of Southern California
Research topic: A Sociocultural Stress and Coping Model for Mental Health Outcomes Among Older Latinos in Long Term Care: Contributors to and Mediators of Depression in a US-Born and Immigrant Sample
Li-Mei Chen, PhD
University of Houston
Research topic: Aging in Place: Exploring the Impact of a Texas Waiver Policy on the Health and
Contact: Christina Leone
The Gerontological Society of America