Faculty

Chandra M. Mehrotra is professor of psychology and director of research training programs in aging at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. He received is PhD. in psychology from The Ohio State University. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Gerontological Society of America. He received his college’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1979, the APA Division 20 Mentor Award in 2003, and the Scholastica Inspiration Award in 2010. He directs faculty training programs in aging research with support provided by the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, and the Hartford Foundation. His international activities related to aging have been supported by The United Nations Population Fund. His books include Teaching and Aging (Jossey-Bass, 1984), Distance Learning: Principles for Effective Design, Delivery and Evaluation (Sage, 2001), Measuring Up: Educational Assessment Challenges and Practices for Psychology (APA Books, 2004), and Aging and Diversity (2nd edition) (Routledge, 2009). He has guest-edited two special issues of the journal Educational Gerontology: (a) Strengthening Gerontology and Geriatrics Education; and (b) Fostering Aging Research in Undergraduate Psychology Programs. His activities with Native American communities include civic engagement among elders, culturally appropriate program evaluation, intergenerational relationships, and improvement of teaching and learning in tribal colleges. He currently serves as a member of America Psychological Association’s Committee on International Relations in Psychology, the Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators, and the Benedictine Health System. He serves on the editorial board of Educational Gerontology: An International Journal and as a reviewer for Asian American Journal of Psychology. His papers have appeared in journals such as Educational and Psychological Measurement, Journal of Research and Development in Education, Teaching of Psychology, Journal of Technology in Human Services, Psychological Reports, Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, Educational Gerontology, Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology, and Home Health Care Services Quarterly

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Barbara Berkman is the Helen Rehr / Ruth Fizdale Professor of Health and Mental Health at Columbia University School of Social Work (CUSSW) and Adjunct Professor, Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. She was formerly the Director of the Ruth D. and Archie A. Abrams Interdisciplinary Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the Associate Director of the Geriatric Education Center in the Division on Aging at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Berkman received her DSW in Social Work from CUSSW, an MA from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and her BA with distinction in Philosophy from the University of Michigan. Following her doctorate, she was awarded a Kellogg fellowship to study the outcome of geriatric social work health care service delivery. She has directed 23 federally and foundation supported research projects focusing on issues in geriatric care, and is currently Principal Investigator and Director of the John A. Hartford Foundation's Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Program. She is a former President of the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR).

Dr. Berkman has received many awards and honors primarily because of her research and policy efforts in gerontology. In 1986, she became the first recipient of the Edith Abbott Distinguished Alumni Award of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. In 1987, she received the "Greatest Contribution to Practice" Award from the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and the Hyman J. Weiner Award for "Distinguished Scholarship Contributing to Health Care Practice and Administration," from the Society for Hospital Social Work Directors of the American Hospital Association. In 1994, Dr. Berkman was honored by the National Association of Social Workers when she received the Ruth Knee / Milton Wittman Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Health/Mental Health Policy.
Dr. Berkman received the "Career Achievement Award" from the Association for Geriatric Education in Social Work (AGE-SW) in 2002.

Dr. Berkman's professional contribution to the knowledge base of social work in geriatric health care is evidenced in her publications, which include books, chapters, and over 100 articles. In recognition of her research and practice in social work and geriatric health care, she has been named a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and of the New York Academy of Medicine and is a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academy of Practice in Social Work.

Susan Hughes, University of Illinois, Chicago
Marsha Mailick Seltzer, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Jan Greenberg, University of Wisconsin, Madison
 Keith Whitfield, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Robin Barr, National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health
Sidney Stahl, National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health