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AIDS and the social work profession; psycho-social aspects of AIDS; global aspects of AIDS; issues relating to access to appropriate medical care versus high cost of new medications. Founder and chair of an annual national conference on AIDS for social work and human services professionals. Has served as director of National Research and Training Center on Social Work and HIV/AIDS. Editor and/or co-editor of four books on HIV/AIDS and social work, including: The Changing Face of AIDS: Implications for Social Work Practice; Caring for the HIV/AIDS Caregiver; Social Workers Speak out on the HIV/AIDS Crisis: Voices From & To African American Communities; HIV/AIDS at Year 2000: A Sourcebook for Social Workers. 1998 recipient of the Council on Social Work Education's "Distinguished Recent Contributions to Social Work Education Award." Courses have included: "Social Work Response to the AIDS Epidemic."
Social support networks for older populations; health and welfare systems; gerontology; elderly Asian and Asian-American populations. Developed the Lubben Social Network Scale (LSNS), an abbreviated measure designed for both research and clinical use among older populations. The LSNS has been translated into many languages and employed in studies in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. Scores on the LSNS have been associated with many indicators of health including mortality, morbidity, psychological distress and loneliness, cognitive impairment, and various indicators of health care use.
Aging; disability and long-term care policy. Director of BC's Natioanl Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services which seeks to improve the quality of supports and services for persons with disabilities through consumer direction and to foster the development of inclusive communities that recognize and value the roles of older people and persons with disabilities.
Olderworkers/baby boomers, flexible work options, aging, and work and family. She has conducted studies about workplace culture, supervisor-employee relationships, and the adoption of innovative employee policies. She founded the Sloan Work and Family Research Network which provides resources about working families to business leaders and state legislators as well as to academics around the world. She is a Research Fellow of the Work & Family Roundtable, a corporate membership group organized by the Boston College Center for Work & Family.