The Hartford Academic Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work is focused on the intersection of research, policy, and practice. The Hartford Center 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 Center 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 the director of the Graduate School's doctoral program and is also director of the Boston College Institute on Aging.
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 Academic 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 two universities to be designated as a Hartford Academic Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work.
Director: Dr. James Lubben
Assistant Director: Becca Finer
Agency Relations Specialist: Joe McLaughlin
Hartford Academic Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work
Graduate School of Social Work
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467