JULY 23, 2014
James Lubben, Professor and Louise McMahon Ahearn Chair at the BC School of Social Work, has been selected to receive the Career Achievement Award by the Association of Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW). The Career Achievement Award honors an outstanding leader in the field of social work education and aging who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing research and promoting education in gerontology and to mentoring students and other faculty interested in aging. He was nominated by BC Social Work Assistant Professor Christina Matz-Costa.
Professor Lubben has engaged in a wide range of academic, advisory, and mentoring endeavors throughout his career. He is the inaugural holder of the Louise McMahon Ahearn Chair in Social Work at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) and holds elected positions on three national boards for social work education. He is the founding director of the Institute on Aging at Boston College and the director of the Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work at the GSSW. His research explores the effects of social isolation on the behavioral health of older adults. Dr. Lubben recently received a grant from the Santander Foundaiton to establish the International PhD in Social Welfare program at Boston College.
Before coming to Boston College, Dr. Lubben taught at UCLA for 20 years and was Associate Dean and Chair of the Department of Social Welfare. He is now Professor Emeritus at UCLA. Dr. Lubben has offered consultation to the World Health Organization regarding health and welfare systems development for aging societies and served four terms on the congressionally mandated Gerontology and Geriatrics Advisory Committee for the Secretary of the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs.
Professor Lubben will receive the award at the AGESW Reception at the Gerontological Society of America's Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC this November.