Resources for Nursing Home Social Workers


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Residential Long-Term Care
Social Work Research Network

Priscilla (Lilly) Allen, PhD, MSW
Associate Professor, LSU School of Social Work
Associate Director, LSU Life Course & Aging Center
311 Huey P. Long Fieldhouse
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Interest areas: Aging and Long Term Care, particularly nursing home care quality, the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, social work provision in nursing homes, interdisciplinary studies of healthy aging, policy issues of aging, ageism.

Mercedes Bern-Klug, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor
School of Social Work &
UI Aging Studies Program
Rm  308  North Hall
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
Ph  319. 335-1265
Interest areas: psychosocial issues facing nursing home residents and family members; role of the NH social worker, palliative and end-of-life care in nursing homes.

Robin P. Bonifas, MSW, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Social Work
College of Public Programs
Arizona State University
Mail Code 3920
401 N. Central Ave, Suite 800
Phoenix, AZ 85004-0960
(602) 496-0075
Interests: nursing home social work

Sonya Bowen, MSW
Senior Health Care Analyst
Office of Research, Development, & Information
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
7500 Security Boulevard, MS C3-24-07, Baltimore, MD 21244       
(410) 786-5609
Interests: LTC Social Work Area: Depression & Anxiety

Bob Connolly, MSW
Retired from CMS
Mailing address: 2536 N. Farm Road
Ellicott City, MD  21042
(410) 465-7654
Areas of specific interest within LTC Social Work:

  • Nursing home/MDS 3.0 October 2009 implementation requiring resident interview and use of standardized tools for depression, cognition, delirium, pain and activity preferences.
  • Ways to recruit BSW and MSW social work students and interest faculty in LTC, ways to impact on social policy to focus more on aging and partnering with NH industry and nursing corporations for field placement and research.
  • Research/clinical focus on following patients across settings of care, use of health information technology and addressing care coordination & transitions  of care.
  • Ways to link into Hartford and Atlantic Initiatives to strengthen sw in LTC

Jean Correll Munn, PhD
Assistant Professor
2511 C University Center, PO Box 3062570, College of Social Work, FSU, Tallahassee, FL 32306
(850) 644-9748
Areas of specific interest: nursing homes, assisted living facilities, end of life, mixed methods

Colleen Galambos, PhD
School of Social Work
University of Missouri
523 Clark Hall
Columbia, MO  65211-4470
Phone: (573) 882-3701
Fax: (573) 882-8926
I am interested in is the continuum of care, but primarily nursing homes and assisted living. My areas of interest in long term care: psychosocial issues, use of technology, discharge planning, ethics, and administration.

Denise Gammonley, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Social Work, PO Box 163358, University of Central FL, Orlando, FL 32816-3358
(407) 823-2215
Areas of specific interest within LTC Social Work: workforce, psychosocial care quality, residents with severe and persistent mental illness, behavior problems in NH or ALF

Pat Gleason-Wynn, PhD, LCSW, RN
Gerontological Consultant, Lecturer
5009 Sheridan Court, Arlington, TX 76017
(817) 468-0979 (home); (817) 680-2236 (cell)
Interests: broad interests in long-term care

Roberta Greene, PhD
Professor and endowed chair
Home: 10704 Buckthorn Drive, Austin, TX 78759
(512) 335-9615
Areas of specific interest within LTC Social Work: Nursing home and assisted living, psychosocial interventions.

Mary Guy
Social Science Research Analyst
7500 Security Blvd., Mailstop: S2-24-27
Baltimore, MD 21244-1850
(410) 786-2772
Interests: Hospice, end of life, support networks

Daniel B. Kaplan
Titles: (A) Doctoral Student, Columbia University School of Social Work; (B) Program Evaluator, Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Program; and (C) Director, Training & Technical Assistance Center, Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of New York
Mailing Address: 22 Forest Ave., Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
(914) 400-5762
I am interested in all settings.  Specific topics of interest include dementia, geriatric mental health, and workforce development and training.

Anita Panicker
Deputy Director
Website Project Management Group .
Office of Beneficiary Information Services (OBIS)
Mailing Address: Mailstop, S1-01-26, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244
(410) 786-5646
Areas of specific interest within LTC Social Work: nursing home

Nan Sook Park, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Social Work, The University of Alabama,
Box 870314, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0314
(205) 348-4441
Interest areas: Assisted Living; psychosocial issues in general; social engagement

Kelsey Simons, PhD, MSW
Health Science Specialist   Hartford/ VA Social Work Scholar                                                                                               VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention                                                                                                              400 Fort Hill Avenue     Canandaigua, NY 14424    (585) 393-7570

Interests: nursing home social work workforce issues, regulatory issues relative to psychosocial care, and psychosocial care quality.


Sheryl Zimmerman