Dr. Caroline Rosenthal Gelman is an Associate Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, and Director of the Education, Training and Lifelong Learning Core of the Silberman Center of Excellence in Aging and Diversity. She received her BA in Anthropology from Harvard in 1987, her MSW from the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1991, and her Ph.D. from Smith College School for Social Work in 1998.
Dr. Rosenthal Gelman has practiced as a clinical social worker for 23 years, specializing in mental health issues in a variety of settings and with diverse populations. She has an especially strong commitment to and interest in working with Latino populations, and has done so throughout her career. Most recently she has focused on the experiences and needs of older adults and their caregivers. Her most recent completed project, the Caregiver Ombudsman Outreach Program, provided referral, information and respite services to nearly 200 diverse caregivers of older adults in the underserved areas of West Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood in New York City. The project was a collaboration of eight community agencies and Silberman School of Social Work. She has been the PI on various grants tailoring and evaluating supportive interventions for Latino family caregivers of persons with AD, and exploring obstacles to diagnosis and intervention in this population, as well as the role of culture in their experience of caregiving.
In addition, for the past seven years, Dr. Rosenthal Gelman has focused on researching and implementing best practices for exposing MSW students to knowledge and skills in working with older adults. She has been PI or Co-PI on various grants to develop gerontological training material from the Council on Social Work Education’s Gero-Ed Center and The John A. Hartford Foundation, which funded the development of computer-mediated modules highlighting knowledge and skills in assessment, diagnosis, and intervention with older adults aimed at exposing all advanced concentration social work students to mental health practice with the aging. In recognition and support of her work with and research on older adults, she was selected as a Hartford Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work by the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Gerontological Society of America for 2007 to 2010.
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