AREAS OF RESEARCH

Health Equity, Mental Health & Aging

SP2 Labs and Faculty seek to understand diverse social and environmental factors affecting health and well-being within underserved populations, geriatric patients, individuals with mental illness, and those at elevated risk for disease.

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Health Equity Lab

Tamara Cadet

FEATURED FACULTY

Tamara J. Cadet, PhD, LICSW, MPH

Associate Professor; PhD, Simmons College. Health social work; health literacy; shared-decision-making; social determinants of health; evidence-based health promotion interventions in the community; facilitators and barriers to reducing disparities in preventative health behaviors; advancing health equity; health care service utilization among vulnerable populations with a focus on oncology and gerontology.

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FEATURED FACULTY

Zvi D. Gellis, PhD

Professor; PhD, University of Toronto, 1999. Gerontology; Geriatrics; Evidence-Based Depression & Anxiety Interventions; Integrated Health & Mental Health Care; Telehealth interventions; Randomized Trials.

Headshot of Dr. Phyllis Solomon

FEATURED FACULTY

Phyllis Solomon, PhD

Professor; PhD, Case Western Reserve, 1978. Social work research methods; mental health policy and service delivery systems; severely mentally disabled persons and their families.

Allison Werner-Lin

FEATURED FACULTY

Allison Werner-Lin, PhD, LCSW

Associate Professor; PhD, University of Chicago, 2005. Psychosocial oncology; genetics and genomics; assisted reproductive technology; bioethics; emerging adulthood; medical family therapy; qualitative health research.

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FEATURED FACULTY

Irene Wong, PhD

Professor; PhD, Wisconsin, 1995. Mental health services research; mixed-methods research; community inclusion of persons with psychiatric disabilities; global research partnership.

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April Ivey

SP2 students and faculty research prevalence of depression among low-income women

The importance of addressing depression among low-income women in multiple contexts is a theme of recent research by April Ivey, GRS’22, Professor Jacqueline Corcoran, and others at Penn’s School of […]

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SP2 professor, geriatric mental health expert advances training to prepare social workers for an aging population

A new research study demonstrates the value of simulation-based learning for social work students, specifically those preparing to work with older adults. Published by Professor Zvi Gellis of Penn’s School […]

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Exploring Racism’s Health Impact in a VA Renal Clinic

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