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Nancy Kropf

Dean & Professor    

PhD - Virginia Commonwealth University
MSW - Michigan State University
BA - Hope College


Clinical Expertise

Interim Director, National Association of Social Workers, Virginia Chapter
Therapist – Macomb County Community Mental Health (Michigan)
Residential Camp Director, YWCA Michigan

Research Interests

Late Life Caregiving Relationships
Evidence Based Practice with Older Adults

Scholarship Publications

Galambos, C., Greene, R. R., Kropf, N. P., & Cohen, H. (2018). Foundations of Social Work Practice in the Field of Aging: A Competency-Based Approach. (2nd ed). NASW Press.

Kropf, N.P. & Cummings, S. M. (2017). Evidence- Based Treatment with Older Adults: Theory, Research & Practice. NY: Oxford University Press.

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

Peer Reviewed Articles & Chapters:
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.

Greene, R. R. & Kropf, N. P. (2017). Caregiving and caresharing. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Social Work (22nd ed.). Oxford University Press.

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.

Selected Presentations

Kropf, N. P. (2018). Would you promote/tenure this candidate? Selecting external reviewers. 35 Annual Chairpersons Conference. Orlando, FL.
Kropf, N. P. (2017). Psychoeducational and social support interventions with older adults. Health and Mental Health Issues of Older Adulthood: Evidence Based Treatments Symposium at the IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. San Francisco, CA.
Kropf, N. P. (2016). What do respiratory therapists need to know about older adults? A gerontologist’s perspective. 62nd International Respiratory Convention and Exhibition. San Antonio TX


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


AGE – SW Association for Gerontology in Education, Social Work
President, 2000 – 2003
Board of Directors, 1995 – 2006
CSWE Council on Social Work Education
Council on Leadership Development, 2014 – 2020
Council on Conference and Faculty Development, 2009- 2012
Chair, Annual Conference on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, 2011, Atlanta
National Search Committee, Presidential Search, 2011-2012
GSA Gerontological Society of America, Fellow Social Research, Practice, Policy Finance Committee, 2007-2010
Treasurer, 2010-2013


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