Now in its fifth year, the program aims to improve the well-being of older adults by increasing the number of adequately trained geriatric social workers. Dr. Barbara Berkman of the Columbia University School of Social Work is the director of the program. Listed below are the new faculty scholars and the primary topics of their research.
Karen Bullock, PhD
University of Connecticut
Research focus: Preference for Utilization of Medical Treatment among Older African Americans.
Joan K. Davitt, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Research focus: Racial Disparities in Medicare Home Health Care.
Sang Kyoung Kahng, PhD
Washington University, St. Louis
Research focus: The trajectories of service use, physical functioning, and depressive symptoms among older adults with major depressive disorder after acute psychiatric hospitalization.
Arizona State University
Research focus: The quality of life, in terms of physical and mental health, among Chinese elders and Korean elders in the Southwest.
Stacey Kolomer, PhD
University of Georgia
Research focus: A survey of older caregivers about their caregiving experiences, level of burden, and their use/misuse of prescription medication and alcohol.
Lene Levy-Storms, PhD
Research focus: Communication issues between health care providers and patients in long-term care.