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Boston College School of Social Work

Karen Zgoda


MSW, University of Missouri - Columbia

Research Interests

Innovative social work practice, technology in social work including social media and mobile technologies, poverty and class, social entrepreneurship, social informatics, socioeconomic development, social policy, and community practice

Organization Affiliations

Information for Practice, American Cancer Society

Dissertation Topic

Charlestown Connects: Understanding the Process of Interagency Collaboration and its Long-Term Effectiveness


Slayter, E. & Zgoda, K. (2010). Substance abuse treatment utilization among elderly Medicaid beneficiaries with and without intellectual disabilities. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Zgoda, K. (2010). “The Internet has saved my life:” How Baby Boomers and older adults use the Internet for health information. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Silfen, K. & Zgoda, K. (2008). Evidence-based practice and library instruction: An assessment of student reference lists. Behavioral and Social Science Librarian, 27(2), 104-115.

Zgoda, K. (2007). Application Review: HyperRESERACH. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 25(4), 109-113.

Zgoda, K. (2007, Fall). Book Review: Age matters: Realigning feminist thinking. The New Social Worker, 14(4), 28.

Zgoda, K. (2007). When the white cane comes in handy: Helping older adults navigate the health care system. In L. Grobam & Bourassa (Eds.), Days in the Lives of Gerontological Social Workers. Harrisburg, PA: White Hat Communications.

Mahoney, K. & Zgoda, K. (2006). Approaches to empowering individuals and communities. In B. Berkman & S. D'Ambruoso (Eds.), Handnbook of Social Work in Health and Aging. New York: Oxford University Press. Available online:

Mahoney, K., Simon-Rusinowitz, L., Simone, K., & Zgoda, K. (2006, Winter). Cash and Counseling: A promising option for consumer-direction of home and community-based service and supports. Care Management Journals, 7(4), 199-204.