Dr. Vivian Miller

Assistant Professor of Social Work,
Bowling Green State University

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Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH

Dr. Vivian Miller

Assistant Professor of Social Work,
Bowling Green State University


Dr. Vivian J. Miller, LSW (she/her/hers), is an Assistant Professor in Social Work at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) and Licensed Social Worker in OH and TX (LSW; LMSW). She was recently named Director of the Optimal Aging Institute in the College of Health and Human Services at BGSU. Prior to her faculty appointment, Dr. Miller earned her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington and, originally from Cleveland, OH, is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University's Master of Science in Social Administration program. Dr. Miller has practice experience working across the continuum of care with a focus in long-term care. Dr. Miller’s research interests are in Gerontological- Social Work. Her work explores various factors that impact the mental health of particularly vulnerable and isolated older adults (e.g., residents of nursing homes, low-income older adults, minority elders) with a primary focus on the Social Determinants of Mental Health, including social connectivity, social supports, and transportation. Dr. Miller has numerous articles and book reviews accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals including The Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Journal of Social Work Education, Aging & Mental Health, Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Social Work in Health Care, and Transportation Research Record. Additionally, Dr. Miller teaches courses at the BSW-level including Research Methods for Human Services and Social Welfare Institutions. 


University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, Texas, United States
Doctorate in Social Work, 2019
Social Work, Gerontology, Transportation
2015 To 2019

Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Masters of Science in Social Administration, 2015
Social Administration, Social Work, Aging Specialty, Gerontology Certification
2013 To 2015

Cleveland State University
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Bachelor of Social Work, 2012
Social Work
2008 To 2012


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