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Nancy Kropf

Dean and Professor    

Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia
Social Work/Social Policy
Graduation: May 1990

Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan
Social Work
Graduation: June 1983

Hope College
Holland, Michigan
Sociology & Psychology
Graduation: May 1981


Clinical Expertise
Therapist, Community Mental Health, Mt. Clemons, Michigan
Program Director, YWCA Metro Detroit
Interim Director, National Association of Social Workers, Virginia State Chapter

Research Interests
Older adults in care provision roles, geriatric social work education, interprofessional rducation

Scholarship publications
Savage, A., Morano, C. & Kropf, N. P. (2015). Optimizing effectiveness of the growing adjunct workforce in social work education. Council on Social Work Education, 61st Annual Program Meeting. Denver, CO.

Kropf, N. P. (2015). A social care approach to late life caregiving: A multicultural perspective. Chinese University of Hong Kong & Gerontological Society of America-Putting Aging Research and Clinical Practice in Cultural Context. Hong Kong (invited presentation).

Kropf, N. P. & Watkins, K. (2014). Interprofessional education in aging: An analysis of exchanges in student discussions. 7th International Conference on Interprofessional Practice & Education. University of Pittsburgh.

Kropf, N. P. (2014). Older immigrants in the United States: Transitions & experiences. Global Social Sciences Conference. Hong Kong.

Lee, M. H. & Kropf, N. P. (2014). Capacity Evaluation Screen-Social Work (CES-SW): Development of a screening instrument for community based programs.   Society for Social Work & Research, San Antonio, TX.

Kropf, N. P. (2014). Intervention models for successful aging. Public Health Applications Toward Successful Aging. A Conference Sponsored by the University of Georgia, Kuikini Medical Center. Funded by the National Institute on Aging. Honolulu, HI.

Scholarly Journals (Examples)

Beck, E., Lewinson, T., & Kropf, N.P. (2015). Restorative justice with older adults: Resolving trauma & conflict in later life. Traumatology, 21(3), 219-226

Cummings, S. M. & Kropf, N.P. (2015). Predictors of depression among caregivers of older adults with severe mental illness. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. 58(3) 253-271.

Kropf, N. P., Idler, E., Flacker, J., Clevenger, C. & Rothchild, E. (2015). Interprofessional dialogues within a Senior Mentoring Program: Incorporating gerontology students as facilitation leaders. Educational Gerontology, 41(5), 373-383

Lee, M. & Kropf, N.P. (2013). The Capacity Evaluation Screen – Social Work (CES-SW): Development of a brief instrument. Journal of Social Service Research, 39(4), 1-9.

Cummings, S. M. & Kropf, N.P (2011). Aging with a severe mental illness: Challenges and treatments. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 54(2), 175-188.

BOOKS (Examples)

Greene, R. R. Kropf, N. P. (2014). Caregiving and Care Sharing: A Life Course Perspective. NASW Press.

Greene, R. R. & Kropf, N. P. (2011). Competence: Theoretical Frameworks. Transaction Press.

Beck, E., Kropf, N. P. & Leonard, P. B (eds.). (2011). Social Work & Restorative Justice: Skills for Dialogue, Peacemaking, and Reconciliation. NY: Oxford University Press. Translated to Japanese in 2013 by Akashi Shoten Press.

Cummings, S. M. & Kropf, N.P. (eds.). (2009). Handbook of Psychosocial Interventions with Older Adults: Evidence-Based Treatment. UK: Routledge.

Atlanta Region Geriatric Educational Center, HRSA. Consortium comprised of Emory University (Lead university), Georgia State University, and Morehouse School of Medicine. (GSU Co PI with Dr. Patricia Clark). GSU Funding: $342,417

John A. Hartford Foundation in collaboration with The Gerontological Society of America
Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar Program
Funded: $100,000

Department of Family and Children’s Services, State of Georgia
Project Healthy Grandparents: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Funded: $225,000 Co-PI with Dr. Margaret Robinson


National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence

Association for Gerontology in Education, Social Work
President, 2000 – 2003
Board of Directors, 1995 – 2006

Council on Social Work Education
Council on Conference and Faculty Development, 2009- present

Chair, 2011, Atlanta

Gerontological Society of America, Fellow
Social Research, Practice, Policy Finance Committee, 2007-2010
Treasurer, 2009-present

Georgia Gerontology Society
Board of Directors, 1994 – 1996

National Association of Deans and Directors in Social Work
Strategic Planning Committee, 2009-2010


Evidence Based Practice with Older Adults.
Keynote Presentation. Graduate Nursing Symposium, Clayton State University

National Advisory Board, Rosalynn Carter Institute on Caregiving

Academic Program Review External Reviewer
University of North Carolina – Wilmington, Gerontology Department

NASW – GA panel presentation to the Senate Child Protection Study Committee:
Education & Training of Child Protective Service Workers

Editorial Board, Journal of Social Work Education

Editorial Board, Journal of Geriatrics and Palliative Care

Aging in our Contemporary Society: A Person-Environment Perspective
National Association of Social Workers – GA

Redefining Successful Aging (R13, NIA). Multidisciplinary Initiative in Aging. L. Poon, PI

Focus Group Invited Participant: John A. Hartford Foundation, Strategic Planning Initiative

Chair, Annual Program Meeting of the Council of Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA.

2011 – 2014
Practice Forum Editor, Journal of Gerontological Social Work

2010 – 11
John A. Hartford Gerontology Education Curriculum Task Force

2010 – 11
Chair, Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, Oct 2011

Awards and Honors

October 2015
Distinguished Social Work Practice Award
National Association of Social Workers, Georgia Chapter

November 2013
Leadership in Aging, Association for Gerontology Education Social Work (AGE SW)

May 2010
Distinguished Faculty in Gerontology, Georgia State Gerontology Institute

February 2006
Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Social Work
Inaugural Recipient of “Making a Difference” Alumni Award

September 2005
Collaborative Teamwork Award – Division of Student Affairs for development of Learning Communities at the University of Georgia

March 2004
Cecil & Ida Green Honor’s Professor, Texas Christian University

Fellow, Social Research, Practice, & Policy Section, Gerontological Society of America