Officers & Board of Directors
Dr. Schroepfer is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Social Work and is affiliated with the University’s Institute on Aging, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Center on Patient Partnerships, and Department of Population Health Sciences. She is a recipient of the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar Award, a national award that provides support for one of her current research projects: the development of an instrument to assess the psychosocial and spiritual needs of terminally ill elders.Dr. Schroepfer’s teaching and research focuses on the field of gerontology. In her research, she seeks to determine the best ways in which to meet the psychosocial and spiritual needs of terminally ill elders, as well as working with elders in medically underserved communities in Wisconsin on the reduction of cancer health disparities. Dr. Schroepfer’s teaching and student outreach is focused on increasing the number of trained gerontological social workers. Only 5% of social workers are trained to work with elders, and many graduate courses lack gerontological content such that students are left to learn about aging from the media, which is often ageist in nature. Dr. Schroepfer lecturers throughout the campus, incorporating her practice experience with elders and bringing their voices into the classroom. In doing so, she seeks to insure that students interested in healthcare professions have knowledge of how exciting and challenging it can be to work with the elder population.
Deborah Waldrop, LMSW, PhD is an associate professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. Deborah joined the UBSSW faculty after spending 20 years as a social worker in a variety of healthcare settings. Drawing from her experiences with older adults and their families Dr. Waldrop now conducts research about the needs and concerns that emerge as people deal with advanced illnesses, and prepare for life’s end. Deborah has explored how people make decisions about hospice utilization and the timing of that decision. She is involved in an interdisciplinary research collaboration that is evaluating the outcomes of structured provider-family communication on bereaved family caregivers. Dr. Waldrop is a Hartford Faculty Scholar (Cohort III), and a member of the Hartford Doctoral Fellows National Program Advisory Committee. She coordinates the UBSSW’s Hartford Partnership Program in Aging Education.
Jean Correll Munn, Secretary
2013 – 2016
John A. Hartford Faculty Scholar
College of Social Work
Florida State University
Dr. Jean Correll Munn is an Associate Professor at the College of Social Work and an Assistant Professor (courtesy appointment) of the College of Medicine at the FloridaStateUniversity. In addition, she is an Affiliate of the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy and Associate of the FSU Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine & Law.
She received her Ph.D. and Master’s in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her B.A. in Psychology from Duke University. As a doctoral student, she was awarded a John A. Hartford Doctoral Fellowship to complete her dissertation: Defining a Good Death for Residents in Long-Term Care. She received additional dissertation support from the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life.
As an assistant Professor at Florida State, Dr. Munn received the First Year Assistant Professor Award to pursue research on social work involvement at the end of life in long-term care. In 2007 Dr. Munn became a John A. Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar and a College of Palliative Care Scholar. In 2010, Dr. Munn was program leader of the Prague Summer Study Abroad Program and in 2012 and 2013, program leader of the Costa Rica Language Immersion Program. Dr. Munn was promoted to Associate Professor and awarded tenure in 2012.
Currently, Dr. Munn is leading a language and cultural immersion program, specific to social work and other helping professions, which she developed. Also, she is directing the multi-disciplinary Certificate in Gerontology at FSU and was recently asked to lead the Health and Aging Initiative at the FSU College of Social Work. She has authored several publications on long-term care, specifically related to issues of end of life, Hospice involvement, and dementia care. She also has numerous presentations at national and international meetings on similar topics.
Treasurer; Student Liaison 2010-2013, 2013-2016
North Carolina State University
Department of Social Work
CB 7639, 1911 Building
Raleigh, NC 27695
Karen Bullock, PhD, LCSW is an Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and a Hartford Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work, with professional interests in health care disparities; cultural competence in the delivery of mental health service and clinical practice with individuals, couples, and families. She holds an appointment as a senior research scientist at the Institute of Living at Hartford Hospital and has conducted a number of research studies focused specifically on Latino and African Americans’ health and mental health issues. She has published and presented nationally and internationally on these topics. Dr. Bullock serves on a number of community boards and professional committees including the NASW National Committee on Race and Ethnic Diversity (NCORED) and the CSWE Council on Leadership Development.
Sherry M. Cummings, Ph.D., is Associate Dean and Associate Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Cummings was a John A. Hartford Gerontological Faculty Scholar, 2001-2003. Dr. Cummings’ research focuses on aging and mental health, especially issues related to depression among older adults in diverse settings including assisted living and the community, and on older adults with severe mental illness. Additionally, her research explores the impact of such mental health issues on familial caregivers. Her research has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals in the social work, gerontological and mental health arenas.
Dr. Sara Sanders is an assistant professor at the University of Iowa, School of Social Work. She obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from St. Olaf College in 1994, Master of Social Work degree from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in 1995, and her Ph.D from the University of Maryland in 2002. Her research interests pertain to grief and loss reactions in caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, male caregiver issues, and the impact of client suicide on social workers. Clinically, Dr. Sanders has worked as a hospice social worker and a chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Amanda Toler Woodward, Member-at-large
2013 – 2016
Michigan State University
Dr. Amanda Toler Woodward is an associate professor at the Michigan State University School of Social Work. She received her PhD in 2007 from the University of Michigan and was a Harford Faculty Scholar from 2011 to 2013. Dr. Woodward’s research focuses on the use of professional services and informal supports among older adults who are struggling with mental health problems, racial and ethnic disparities in mental health service use, and the use of technology in the provision of health and mental health services. In addition to teaching research methods courses at the Masters and Doctoral levels she leads a study abroad program to Finland for Masters-level social work students that focuses on comparative social welfare policy and has begun to explore issues related to international social work and the integration of global content into social work education.
Scott P. Anstadt, Ph.D, DCSW, IABMCP, Member-at-Large
College of Health Professions and Social Work
Florida Gulf Coast University
Scott P. Anstadt, Ph.D, LCSW, IABMCP teaches in the Department of Social Work at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fl where he has taught courses in advanced clinical practice, groups, social policy, mental health, chemical dependency, gerontology, spirituality and social work, and research. His interest in sociadata:text/mce-internal,l justice issues stems from his outreach work bringing intergenerational and multicultural diversity to focus in community projects. Recently, this work has extended to the use of virtual worlds for worldwide social networking between older adults as well as those with mobility challenges. Dr. Anstadt is also an ordained Interfaith Minister.
Jennifer C. Greenfield, Member-at-large
Graduate School of Social Work
University of Denver
Jennifer Greenfield is an Assistant Professor at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. Her research explores the economic implications of family caregiving across the life course, with a particular focus on social policy’s role in perpetuating and/or redressing disparities in health and wealth among caregivers. At GSSW, teaches a variety of courses in the Masters program, including Aging Policy, Health Care Policy, and the foundation-level Social Policy Advocacy, Analysis and Practice. Formerly, Jennifer was a student representative to the AGESW Board of Directors and she was a member of the first cohort of the AGESW Pre-Dissertation Initiative.
Teri Kennedy, PhD, MSW, has assisted elders in social service, health and psychiatric settings for nearly 20 years. She serves as social work faculty with the Arizona State University (ASU) and Arizona Geriatric Education Center, the University of Arizona (U of A); Faculty Associate with the Graduate Program in Gerontology, College of Medicine, U of A; Faculty and Visiting Scholar, The John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation, ASU; and Research Affiliate with the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Consortium, ASU. Her dissertation, Geriatric Education Centers: Academic Capitalism and the Knowledge/Learning Regime, was just published as a monograph by VDM Verlag. She conducts research at the intersection of gerontology and economics and is a singer/songwriter living in Arizona.
Robin Bonifas, Member-at-Large
Arizona State University
Robin is an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University and has over 15 years’ experience working with older adults and their families in long-term care and inpatient psychiatric settings. Her research focuses on enhancing psychosocial care provided to persons with chronic illness and disability, especially those individuals with comorbid mental health conditions and those who require nursing home care. Robin also evaluates curricular interventions designed to prepare social work students for effective practice with older adults. Her current projects examine resident-to-resident aggression in nursing homes, late-life bullying in assisted living facilities, and curricular strategies that enhance interprofessional collaboration among allied health students. She is a John A. Hartford Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work and earned her doctorate from the University of Washington in 2007. Dr. Bonifas has consistently participated in AGE-SW sponsored events since joining the organization as a doctoral student. As a board member, she aims to support AGE-SW’s strong leadership roles in gerontological education, research and policy.
Cara Wallace, Student Representative
University of Texas at Arlington
School of Social Work
Cara Wallace, LMSW, is a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Arlington, School of Social Work. A recipient of both a Graduate Teaching Assistantship package and the Bob and Anne Utley Fellowship at UTA, Cara is also a member of the third cohort of the AGE-SW Gerontological Social Work Pre-dissertation Initiative. In addition to schoolwork and research assistanceship, she teaches as an adjunct at both UTA and TCU. She received her BSW from Texas Christian University in 2005 and her Masters from UTA in 2006. Prior to returning to school for her PhD, Cara worked for five years as a hospice social worker for Community Hospice of Texas. Her research interests are within end-of-life care, particularly looking at barriers to care and the impact of family relationships on decision making at the end of life.
Weiyu Mao, Student Representative
School of Social Work
University of Southern California
669 W. 34th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0411
Weiyu Mao is a Ph.D. Candidate in School of Social Work at University of Southern California (USC) and is actively working with the USC Roybal Institute on Aging. She is also getting her M.S.W. along with her Ph.D. and she was awarded a Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium (GSWEC) scholarship at Huntington Senior Care Network from 2012-13. She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Nankai University in China in 2007 and her M.Phil. in Social Welfare from Department of Social Work at Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in 2009. Her research focuses on social relationships and health-related outcomes (e.g., self-rated health, mortality, functional limitations, and oral health) in later life, family caregiving, advanced longitudinal analyses (primarily with large datasets), cross-cultural comparison research, and research with vulnerable populations and racial/ethnic minority (e.g., older Chinese adults and older Chinese immigrants). She has been presenting her research at prestigious conferences and publishing her research in peer-reviewed journals. As a student representative, she strives to support gerontological social work education and help colleagues and students interested in aging.
Abby Schwartz, Membership Chair
Duke University, Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
Duke University School of Nursing
307 Trent Drive, Room 3080
Durham, NC 27710
Abby is currently a second year NIH T32 Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Aging and Human Development at Duke University. Her research interests over the past 12 years have related to a variety of topics in aging, focusing primarily on the experience of informal caregivers of older adults in community-based settings. Her current project is a qualitative study of the unmet needs and experiences of older informal caregivers of cancer patients transitioning from hospital to home within the first 2 weeks following hospital discharge. She is exploring how these needs vary based on caregiver spirituality and relationship with the care recipient, and this study is supported by funding from The Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund, a program of The Reed Foundation. Abby earned her Master of Gerontological Studies from MiamiUniversity in 2005, her MSW in 2010 and PhD in 2013 from Boston College, Graduate School of Social Work. As Chair of the Membership Committee she excited to work with her fellow committee members to support the growth of the AGESW membership base, and develop opportunities for members to network with each other.