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The Gerontological Society of america Announces 2008 Hartford Faculty Scholars

Ten outstanding geriatric social work faculty members have been chosen as the newest inductees into the Hartford Faculty Scholars Program, a venture funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, administered by The Gerontological Society of America, and directed by Dr. Barbara Berkman. The individuals who receive this distinction are provided with opportunities for professional development and $100,000 in funding over the next two years for research on topics related to improving health and care for older adults and their caregivers.

Now in its ninth year, the award aims to improve the well-being of older adults by increasing the number of adequately trained geriatric social workers. Listed below are the new faculty scholars and the primary topics of their research.

Richard Beaulaurier, PhD
Florida International University
School of Social Work
Research Focus: Older Latinos and HIV: Provider Perspectives

Victoria Rizzo, PhD
Columbia University
School of Social Work
Research Focus: A Social Work Care Coordination Program for Osteoarthritis: A Pilot Study

Banghwa Lee Casado, PhD
University of Maryland
School of Social Work
Research Focus: An Examination of the Caregiving Experience and Home and Community-Based Services Needs among Caregivers of Older Korean Americans

Louise Quijano, PhD
Colorado State University
School of Social Work
Research Focus: Vida Tranquila II: A Skills-Based Therapeutic Intervention for Older Latino Primary Care Patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Rita Chou, PhD
University of South Carolina
College of Social Work
Research Focus: Job Satisfaction and Productive Aging: A Longitudinal Study of Older Workers Based on a Nationally Representative Sample

Sudershan Pasupuleti, PhD
University of Toledo
Social Work Department
Research Focus: Impact of Computer-Based Brain Fitness Program on Cognitive Functioning and Quality of Life of Older Adults in Public Dwellings

Kim Stansbury, PhD
Eastern Washington University
School of Social Work & Human Services
Research Focus: Attitudes and Knowledge of Older Adults toward Casinos and Disordered Gambling

Marilyn Luptak, PhD
University of Utah
College of Social Work
Research Focus: Caring for Older Adults with Depression: A Family Perspective

Angela Curl, PhD
University of Missouri
School of Social Work
Research Focus: The Impact of Retirement on Heart Problems: A Multilevel Dyadic Analysis of Longitudinal Secondary Data

Scott Wilks, PhD
Louisiana State University
School of Social Work
Research Focus: Examining an Appraisal Model of Burden, Coping, and Resilience: Differences among African American and Caucasian Alzheimer's Caregivers

Berkman, the Helen Rehr/Ruth Fizdale Professor at Columbia University's School of Social Work, works together with a national program committee involved in the selection of Scholars. This committee consists of David E. Biegel of Case Western Reserve University, Letha Chadiha of the University of Michigan, Namkee Choi of the University of Texas at Austin, Ruth Dunkle of the University of Michigan, Nancy R. Hooyman of the University of Washington, Amy Horowitz of the Jewish Home and Hospital Lifecare System, Rosalie A. Kane of the University of Minnesota, Philip McCallion of the State University of New York at Albany, and Victoria Raveis of Columbia University. Ad hoc members include James Lubben of Boston College and the Hartford Doctoral Fellows Program and Jack R. Sellers of the University of North Alabama.


Contact: Todd Kluss
The Gerontological Society of America

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