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About Us

The Hartford Center of Excellence (COE) in Geriatric Social Work is focused on the intersection of research, policy, and practice. The Hartford COE is committed to training future generations of social work practitioners and faculty, building bridges between academia and practitioners within the field, and providing leadership to utilize new research in shaping policy and practice.

The Hartford COE is led by Dr. James Lubben, the Louise McMahon Ahearn Professor in the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and a leading scholar in social gerontology. Lubben's research focuses on social support networks among older populations. He is also director of the Boston College Institute on Aging.

The Hartford Centers of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work

Older adults and their families require skilled and insightful social work practitioners to assist in navigating the array of available health and social services. To address this growing need, the Hartford/GSA National Center on Gerontological Social Work Excellence received funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation to establish five committed schools of social work as Hartford Centers of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work. Universities receiving this designation will enhance the field of geriatric social work through leadership, training, research, and collaboration with community organizations, health professionals, other university departments, and professional groups.

Boston College was one of the first universities to be designated as a Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work. Other Hartford COE include Hunter College, the University of Michigan, the University of Southern California, and the University of Washington.

Contact Us

Director: Dr. James Lubben
Assistant Director: Carrie Johnson
Agency Relations Specialist: Joe McLaughlin

Boston College
Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work
Graduate School of Social Work
McGuinn Hall
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Phone: 617-552-1568
Email: carrie.johnson.2@bc.edu