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Associate Professor of Macro Practice, Graduate School of Social Work
Poverty and inequity, especially in urban environments; social justice in public policy. Nonprofits, philanthropy. Former president of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston. Blogger for the Huffington Post and WBUR’s Cognoscenti. Appointed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to serve on Governor Patrick’s Commission on a Cashless EBT Payment System.
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.
Former Commissioner of Mental Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Former President & CEO of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Social Worker of the Year from the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Attended the first White House Conference on Mental Health and has testified before Congress and before the Massachusetts Legislature. Topics: mental illness, children's mental health; child welfare; gun violence.