Twelve scholars to receive support to strengthen the field of geriatric social work

Twelve scholars have been selected as Hartford Faculty Scholars and will receive $100,000 over the next two years to improve the well being of older adults by strengthening geriatric social work. During the two years of funding, 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 across a wide range of topics, from assessing the psychosocial needs of terminally ill elders to exploring the use of video-phones as a geriatric telemedicine intervention. Race and minority issues are also a prominent theme in the scholars' projects. They will explore such topics as empowering African American elders with Diabetes and examine race disparities in health among older adults.

In addition to completing their research project, the twelve 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 twelve individuals selected for the prestigious Hartford Faculty Scholars Program in Geriatric Social Work are as follows:

Geri Adler, PhD
University of South Carolina
Institutional Sponsor: Terry Tirrito, PhD
National Research Mentor: Amy Horowitz, Lighthouse International
Research topic: An Integrated Study of Driving Cessation in Older Adults with Dementia

Mercedes Bern-Klug, PhD
University of Iowa
Institutional Sponsor: Lorraine Dorfman, PhD
National Research Mentor: Rosalie Kane, University of Minnesota
Research topic

Contact: Christina Leone
The Gerontological Society of America

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