Associate Professor, Older Adults & Families
Chair, Older Adults & Families
Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Older Adults and Families Concentration at the Boston College School of Social Work. She joined the faculty in 1994. She holds an MSW from Tulane University and a PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She served as Director of the Undergraduate Social Work Program at Marquette University and has held visiting faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She brings extensive social work practice experience with older adults in both urban and rural settings to her academic work. Her research has focused on older women, health and mental interventions with rural older adults, and older immigrants and refugees, and her articles appear in a wide range of professional social work publications. She is the author of the textbook Social Work with Older Adults: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Assessment and Intervention.
Dr. McInnis-Dittrich has developed courses in social work with older adults in both health and mental health settings as well as in the home and community which serve as the foundation of the Older Adults and Families Concentration. She also created the first course on Social Work in Dying, Grief and Bereavement which addresses end-of-life issues across the life span.
At the BCSSW, Dr. Dittrich designed the current Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education (HPPAE), funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation through the Geriatric Education Enrichment Project. HPPAE works with students and agencies on developing rotational or enriched field placements to broaden practice skills for the next generation of gerontological social workers. She serves as the inaugural Chair of Teaching Support Services (TSS) which offers new and seasoned faculty opportunities to enhance their teaching skills through training and consultation. TSS is evidence of BCSSW’s commitment to teaching excellence among its faculty.
Video: Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich speaks about aging with dignity at the 2013 "Justice, Diversity & Aging" event »
Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich recognized for her outstanding contributions to social work education »