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Dr. Barbara Berkman

Rehr/Fizdale Professor Emerita,
Columbia University School of Social Work

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Columbia University School of Social Work
Boston, MA

Dr. Barbara Berkman


Rehr/Fizdale Professor Emerita,
Columbia University School of Social Work

Bio

Dr. Barbara Berkman is the Helen Rehr / Ruth Fizdale Professor Emerita of Health and Mental Health at Columbia University School of Social Work, and Research Professor at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. She has directed 23 federally and foundation supported research projects focusing on issues in gerontology and oncology, and is currently Principal Investigator of the Hartford Foundation’s Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Program. She is a former President of the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research. Dr. Berkman has received many awards and honors for her research and policy efforts in health and aging. In recent years, she received the “2002 Career Achievement Award” from the Association for Geriatric Education in Social Work, and in 2004 was given NASW Foundation’s Social Work Pioneer Award. In 2009 she received the Donald P. Kent award from The Gerontological Society of America. Most recently, in 2012, she received the Distinguished Achievement in Cancer Award from the American Cancer Society. In recognition of her major contributions to research and practice, she has been elected a Fellow of The Gerontological Society of America, the New York Academy of Medicine, and The American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

Job History

Columbia University School of Social Work
Helen Rehr/Ruth Fizdale Professor of Health and Mental Health
January 1996 - January 2013

Boston College
Research Professor

Areas Of Expertise

  • Caregiving: Caregiver Stress and Coping Strategies
  • Clinical Practice: Hospital-Based Practice
  • Concerns of Old Age
  • Education: Allied Health Professionals
  • Education: Undergraduate/Graduate Students
  • Ethics: Practice
  • Research: Research Methods
  • Social Roles
  • Social Services
  • Social Services: Hospital Social Services

Change Industry

  • University

Industry or Setting

  • University

Domains of Practice Change

  • Model Program Development

Discipline

  • Social Worker